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Yakima Valley Community College is having free IT workshops starting next week

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YAKIMA, WA - Students at the Yakima Valley Community College will be putting on 4 different workshops on different operating systems and technology next week. The workshops will help students fulfill a class requirement, but more importantly it will help students pass on what they have learned to members of the community. 

The workshops are all part of a final project that IT students at the college must do, in order to complete their support specialist degree. Anyone who attends can expect to get hands on experience with the programs Linux, Prezi and Microsoft Publisher. In addition there will also be a workshop on learning how to build a PC.   

Kevin Palmateer business administration and technology instructor says that the workshop allows students to show the community what they have learned. 

"I thought of making it a more practical experience for students," said Palmateer. "They get the benefit of networking with the community members and the community members get benefited out of it. It just seemed to make sense."

The workshops have a capacity of 20 and Palmateer says that this is done so that students don't get overwhelmed. He also adds that students and community members who participate get a positive experience from the workshop. 

Two workshops will be held each week over the next two weeks, starting with the presentation of operating system Linux on Thursday, March 3rd. The workshop on Prezi will be on Friday, March 4th. Microsoft Publisher will be presented on Monday, March 7th and anyone who wants to learn how to build their own PC can attend the Building a PC workshop on Tuesday, March 8th. 

Registration is free and anyone who is interested in any of the workshops can sign up by contacting program assistant, Cathy VanWisen, by email at cvanwinsen@yvcc.edu or by phone at 574-4796.