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Upgrade your computer knowledge with My Wire Guy

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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My Wire Guy in Rocklin teaches locals to be tech savvy. From social media and genealogy to computer basics and QuickBooks classes, the Rocklin computer business’ classes appeal to people looking to expand their knowledge, or business people hoping to learn something new. The computer classes started this year and spring courses start March 22. A free orientation will be offered three different times Saturday, March 11. The orientation helps students find their skill level and register for upcoming classes. “The idea is to give them an opportunity to ask questions about the classes,” said RoseMary Monroe, school director at My Wire Guy. With eight instructors, a variety of classes for different skill levels are offered. Social media classes teach students how to set up a Facebook and Twitter account, and business professionals how to use social media to attract attention. Classes on Microsoft Office teach people the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. There are also classes available on the Internet and setting up e-mail accounts. For photographers, there are classes that teach the elements of Photoshop and how to organize photos on the computer. For students who are unfamiliar with the computer, beginning classes are offered, specifically Conquering Computer Phobia: Getting Beyond the Fear. “It’s hard for us adults to be a beginner at something,” Monroe said. “They’re afraid to try it for one reason or another.” People might be scared they will press the wrong button, break the computer, delete something important or have some other computer phobia, Monroe said. Monroe said the beginner’s class gives students the confidence they need to be successful with technology. And with the range of classes, Monroe said it has attracted people such as baby boomers and retirees to job seekers and executives who no longer have assistants and need to take on added duties. “We have business professional people as well as that older adult population that is a beginner,” Monroe said. “We can offer what the students need.” The small class size of between 10 and 12 students gives people an opportunity to have one-on-one attention. The attention helps, as each of the instructors specialize in an aspect of computers. Monroe has more than 20 years of experience teaching computer classes. Previously, she was an assistant for the president at a Sonoma County winery. When the boss replaced the office typewriters with computers, someone needed to learn the basics and teach the rest of the staff. That was Monroe’s job. “I just loved it so much,” Monroe said. “I wondered if I could get a job in teaching this computer thing.” She finished her bachelor’s degree at Sacramento State and went on to earn her teaching credential. Now she specializes in Microsoft. “It became a passion of mine to do teaching and training,” Monroe said. “I just love doing it. I really just believe that my purpose here is to serve people.” Her partnership with My Wire Guy began because Monroe took her computer to the Rocklin business for repairs and got to known owner Mike Miller. She referred her students to My Wire Guy for service on their computers, while Miller recommended Monroe’s classes to his customers. And their partnership has been off to a good start the last couple of months, gaining a lot of class interest, Miller said. For a schedule of upcoming classes, go to www.mywireguy.com. Computer classes Orientation: Saturday, March 12 When: Offered at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Where: 5875 Pacific St., Suite D in Rocklin Information: www.mywireguy.com; (916) 259-0455