Business & Computers

Take your career to the next level with a professional certification or targeted business classes, or learn basic computer skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Fall Classes

Registration is now open for fall classes. Days and times are listed below.

Computer Classes

Computer Basics for Beginners - CANCELLED

This class is for the new computer user who wants to learn about computers in an easy to understand hands-on course. You will learn to use the desktop, taskbar, scroll bars, and other controls in Windows, and how to use the basic programs to write letters and save into organized folders you create. Learn to use flash drives to make information portable. This class uses Windows 10. Instructor: Amanda Warner.

Sep 20 – Oct 11          M   5:30pm – 8:00pm     WAH 212     Code 30672       Course CS 152A          $50

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30673        Course SNRC 043A              $30

Microsoft Word - CANCELLED

Learn the basics for creating, editing and saving documents. Topics include formatting, copying, selecting and editing. Instructor: Amanda Warner

Sep 22 – Oct 13     W   5:30pm – 8:00pm        WAH 212   Code 30694            Course CS 152B             $50

Lifelong Learners 50+    Code 30700         Course SNRC 043B            $30

Intermediate Computer

This course is for students who have completed Computer Basics or have an understanding of creating and saving documents. You will continue to build file management skills by creating, copying, moving, and deleting files and folders. You will expand your knowledge to include common tasks, such as printing and moving information from one application or folder to another. Use “search” to find anything on your computer! You will also learn to maintain your computer, work with the Control Panel, navigate the Internet, and find and save information. This class uses Windows 10. Instructor: Amanda Warner. No class 11/8.

Oct 25 – Nov 22         M    5:30pm – 8:00pm        WAH 212   Code 30703        Course CS 152C               $50

Lifelong Learners 50+     Code 30701           Course SNRC 043C           $30

Microsoft Excel

Introductory class!  You will learn to create new worksheets and edit existing worksheets.  Learn to input data, use auto fills to save time and improve accuracy.  Format data using color, font size, sort and select data effectively. We will discuss formulas and creating charts to present data. Instructor: Amanda Warner

Oct 27 – Nov 17             W   5:30pm – 8:00pm       WAH 212      Code 30704           Course CS 152D                 $50

Lifelong Learners 50+    Code 30702                Course SNRC 043D            $30

Fall Webinar Workshops

A detailed tutorial will be emailed to set up your free Zoom account, then the webinar login information and materials will be sent the day of class. Please provide an email address at time of registration.

Instructor: LeeAnne Krusemark. LeeAnne is an author, speaker, business owner, Chamber of Commerce Past President, and guest instructor at more than 200 colleges, as well as an adjunct online professor of publishing through Ed2Go at more than 2,000 facilities worldwide, including Harvard.

Make Money with a Virtual Assistant/Word Processing Business

*Must also attended “Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas” immediately following to learn necessary legal aspects*

If you can type, then you can make money at home using your computer. Discover how and where to find clients, 50 ways to advertise/market your services, effective home office equipment choices, and 100 ways to make money with a computer. There really is a need for your services, so learn to be your own boss, set your own hours, and make more money.

Oct 18       M           6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      Class 30261      Course CS 186A2             $25

Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas

Tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits by starting a home business. Taught by a Chamber of Commerce Past President and award-winning business owner, this is probably the most comprehensive business startup workshop you will ever find. You will discover more than 250 legitimate home business ideas, mandatory legal documentation, many ways to market your product/service, and how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!). If you really want to succeed in a home business, this step-by-step session is a must!

Oct 18        M           7:00pm – 9:00pm            VIRT      Class 30263           Course  CS 186B2         $35

Earn Extra Money Mystery Shopping

*Must also attend “Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas”*

Have you seen ads telling you how to become a shopper, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. You will learn how to sign up with many legitimate mystery shopping companies WITHOUT FEES, avoid the pitfalls and scams, create a required mystery shopping resume and profile, and take care of legalities and taxes regarding this income. You will leave with a list of 25 legitimate companies to work for.

Oct 18         M           9:00pm – 10:00pm          VIRT      Class 30265           Course  CS 186C2         $25

Introduction to Screenwriting for Television or Movies

In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a Treatment, a Spec Script, and a Shooting Script, and when to do each.

Oct 19        T       6:00pm – 7:00pm       VIRT      Class 30266           Course  CS 176A2         $25

Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published

If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past, the editor’s desk. You will discover how to become a “published” writer overnight, submit manuscripts the correct way, find the right publisher for your work, write irresistible query letters, determine when and how to get an agent, and 100 ways to make money as a freelance writer. If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must!

Oct 19           T        7:00pm – 9:00pm            VIRT      Class 30311           Course  CS 176B2            $35

Explore 50 Different Self Publishing Options

*Must have attended “Beginners Guide to Getting Published”*

Self-Publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self-publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self-publishing companies.

Oct 19               T             9:00pm – 10:00pm          VIRT      Class 30312           Course  CS 176C         $25

Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines, & Websites

You don’t need a journalism degree or previously published articles to write for anyone’s online blog, magazine, or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well -- $1 a word and more. In this fast-paced session, you will how to find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay, conduct interviews and create interesting content, protect your copyright, write query letters, and then use this credibility to sell other articles or even your self-published novel.

Oct 20        W           6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      Class 30313           Course  CS 176D2          $25

Beginner’s Guide to Starting a FREE Blog

Online blogging is a great way to get the word out about you, your service, your product, or information you want to share! You will learn step-by-step how to: start a FREE blog with WordPress, choose a blog template, emphasize your blog content with a creative name, use your unique voice to share expertise, and connect your domain/website. You will also learn how to earn an income with your blog, including links to other websites and advertising on your blog, as well as increase your internet ranking.

Oct 20        W           7:00pm – 9:00pm            VIRT      Class 30314           Course  CS 176E2            $35

Save Money with Extreme Couponing!

Learn how to save $$$ everyday with extreme couponing. Coupons are NOT just for groceries. The savings can add up to HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshop will teach you: where to find all types of coupons - even for high ticket items, how to find the best coupon apps and websites, how to match coupons with sales for maximum savings. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands.

Oct 21        Th          4:00pm – 5:00pm            VIRT      Class 30361           Course  CS 186D2          $25

Monetize Websites, Blogs, and Social Media with Affiliate Marketing

Earn a passive monthly income from selling other people’s products by placing a merchant-provided advertisement link on your site and get a commission for every sale, click or lead. Learn where to find 1000+ free and low-cost opportunities and how to avoid scams or links that won’t offer a beneficial ROI (return on investment). Learn how to find high, recurring, and second-tier commissions. You’ll also learn SEO secrets to increase your sites ranking and visibility on search engines like google. 
Oct 21         Th          5:00pm – 6:00pm            VIRT      Class 30362           Course  CS 186E2           $25

Meet the Publisher/Agent – Get Your Manuscript Critiqued

Have you ever wanted to talk to a real agent or publisher? Are you tired of having your manuscripts critiqued by non-professionals or paying an editor too much money to change your writing to their voice? Email one page of your in-progress manuscript for an in-class critique of one page of your poetry, article, short story, screenplay, novel, non-fiction book, or children’s book. The instructor is a journalist, author, screenwriter, agent, publisher, and adjunct online professor at Harvard.

Oct 21        Th          6:00pm – 7:00pm            VIRT      Class 30315           Course CS 176F2         $25

Using Amazon’s Kindle Direct to Self-Publish your Book for FREE

Whether you’re looking to publish paperback novel or short ebook now or in the future, this detailed tutorial will teach you step-by-step how to create an Amazon KDP account, format your manuscript ad upload it to the platform, easily create a book cover from available templates, determine pricing and royalties, develop a sales pitch for your Amazon page, and write an Amazon author bio.

Oct 21      Th          7:00pm – 8:00pm            VIRT       Class 30363           Course  CS 186F2          $25

How to Register

  1. Download and fill out a registration form.
  2. Mail the registration form to:
Centralia College
Office of Enrollment Services
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, WA 98531
  1. Download a registration form or pick one up in the Enrollment Services Office on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons on CC's campus.
  2. Bring the completed registration form to the Cashier, also on the second floor of the TransAlta Commons building.

Register by phone using a credit card at 360-623-8940.

Fax your registration form with credit card information to 360-330-7106.