By TONI SCOTT - Staff Writer
Posted: 01/15/2009 10:22:12 PM PST
OROVILLE -- Butte College will offer five classes in downtown Oroville for the first time in the history of the college.
Beginning Jan. 26, computer and accounting classes will be offered at 2152 Robinson St. to meet the needs of Oroville residents.
Though some classes were offered in downtown Oroville last semester, Butte College spokesman Lisa DeLaby said the upcoming semester's course offerings and location are unprecedented for the school.
The college's main campus has an Oroville mailing address, though it is not within the city limits.
The classes, including bookkeeping, introduction to accounting, electronic calculator, introduction to computer applications and a course that introduces students to using Microsoft Windows and the Internet, will all be taught at what DeLaby says is a "state of the art" computer lab.
Connie Petlack, the Butte College Business, Computer and Information Systems (BCIS) department chairwoman, said the 20-station computer lab, along with the classes, is a combined effort between the school and the Butte County Office of Education.
"This is a terrific partnership for the community and we know there are people out there who may need to refresh their computer skills, learn more about accounting, or even want to learn how to use a computer," Petlack said.
DeLaby said prospective students can still sign up for the courses. She added that the small class sizes and affordable tuition are an additional appeal to learning computer or accounting skills.
Depending on the interest of the community, DeLaby said that following semesters could see expanded course offerings.
"Downtown Oroville is the perfect location to offer classes. If the classes are successful, the college may expand to offer Saturday classes and additional courses in the future," she said.
Individuals can register for classes by calling the Butte College BCIS department at 895-2371.
Staff writer Toni Scott can be reached at 533-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.