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News Education Jackson library offers Introduction to Microsoft Excel computer class

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will offer a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. The 90-minute class will be taught by retired WCU professor Roger Bacon, assisted by his wife Lisa Bacon and by library staffer Laura Chapman.

This introductory course is appropriate for people with some computer experience who are new to Excel and want to learn how to use this spreadsheet software. The course will cover such basic topics as entering numbers and text, doing simple calculations and using formulas, formatting the elements of a spreadsheet, how to find help when using Excel, and how to use the program for simple personal or professional projects, such as balancing a checkbook or budgeting.

Roger Bacon taught chemistry at WCU for 34 years and used computers extensively in both his teaching and his research. His wife, Lisa Bacon, taught chemistry, physics, and earth sciences at Cherokee High School for 22 years and has used computers in her teaching as well as grade management. Both have used Excel for managing all their scientific data.

The class will meet in the Library's computer lab and is limited to the first 15 participants to pre-register. (There is no fee.) Attendees should plan to arrive by 5:45 and meet in front of the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Library, before proceeding into the Computer Lab. The class will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is part of the Fontana Regional Library system(www.fontanalib.org).


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