Continuing Ed

Starting February 25th, I’ll be teaching two classes at Christ the King Continuing Education in Middle Village, Queens: an intro to Linux course and an introduction to Fantasy & Science Fiction.  You can find full descriptions and registration information for the classes here.

I hope you can join me there.

Intro to the Linux OS (1010110)                                     Matthew Kressel
6:30-9:30 PM 8 Wks              2/25 – 4/29                 24 Hrs                                $240

Wish there was another choice besides Windows or the Mac OS?  Welcome to Linux! Linux is an open-source operating system that is used in everything from web servers to cell phones.  In this class you will learn the basics of the Linux operating system.  You will install, configure, and administer your own Linux workstations and servers.  Along the way you will learn how to use the most powerful features of the software including Windows file sharing through Samba and setting up a web server using Apache.  The Linux version used will be the CentOS rel 5.  You may bring your own computer equipment to load the software to or you may use the equipment already onsite through the course.
Prereq: Basic knowledge of computer concepts is preferred.

Introduction to Fantasy & Science Fiction (1010603)      Matthew Kressel
Thur 8:30- 9:30 PM     8 Wks         2/25 – 4/29                        8 Hrs                                  $80

From blockbuster films like Avatar and the Star Wars trilogies, to the Harry Potter series and the Twilight saga, fantastic stories are more popular than ever. But fantastic literature has a long and rich history dating back to the 2nd century.  In this class we will explore short fiction by well-known and lesser-known writers of recent and past history, such as Ursula K. LeGuin, Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells, Octavia Butler, Neil Gaiman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, H.P. Lovecraft, Jorge Luis Borges, Jeffrey Ford & some student-selected works.  We will look at the structure and elements of the fantastic story.  What is plot, tension, story-arc?  What makes a story work?  Then students will try their hand at writing their own stories, with constructive feedback from the class.

One Reply to “Continuing Ed”

  1. Too bad this isn’t in my area- I’d be interested in both of these classes. At my school we have Macs for graphics, and PCs for CIS, and that’s it. There is no Linux option.

    I took an English class a while back that was based around science fiction, and I can say it was one of my favorite classes I’ve ever taken.

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