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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Group offers free computer courses

The Saipan Building and Fixing Computer Users Group has announced its lineup of computer courses that the group will offer this 2013.

The Basic Electronics class will be conducted by instructors Zaldy Quebral and Mar Masilungan on Feb. 3 from 9am to noon.

On the same day from 1pm to 4pm, Jousel Regilme will be teaching Basic Computer Operations 1.

The succeeding course, Basic Computer Operations 2, will be taught by Amado Tumbaga, Carlos Cortez, and Esper Jaro on March 24 from 1pm to 4pm.

The Building & Fixing Computers class will be conducted by Mar Masilungan and Edmin Elayda on May 19, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Mar Masilungan, volunteer instructor and founding chair of SBFCUG, said the schedule for two other courses, Basic Electricity by Rolan Vicencio and Angel Deliva as well as Networking by Masilungan, will be finalized and announced soon.

All classes will be held at Nestor Tumaquip’s residence in San Vicente, which serves as the group’s headquarters and classroom, added Masilungan.

Founded in December 2006, SBFCUG volunteered to continue the computer training program of the Philippine Consulate General on Saipan and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, which shut down after its last day on Oct. 31.

Masilungan said SBFCUG “never stopped their volunteer work in extending help to the Filipino community by sharing their knowledge.”

After the consulate’s closure, however, the group decided to open the program to anyone interested, regardless of citizenship.

SBFCUG only asks for $1 per session per student, and this fee covers the class’ utility consumption.

Enrollment form for any of the available classes may be downloaded from the group’s website, www.sbfc-usersgroup.org.

The group also continued the review classes for the U.S. Certified Technician Examination. Masilungan said an additional 11 computer training graduates recently became certified, bringing to 65 the total number of individuals who have successfully passed the examination since 2006.

To sign up for the training or for more information, email tropicmar@gmail.com.

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