Seniors teaching seniors at McGrath Learning Center

We can teach you to use your computer, regardless of your experience level, in a relaxed manner tailored to seniors. We are here to help adults (age 50 and older) improve their computer skills. If you have never used a computer, we will get you started with our beginning courses. If you know the basics and want to refine your skills, we will help you with our advanced courses. For more information, contact us.

Welcome to Our New Web Site

As of August 21, our official web address has changed from to We've also given our site a makeover to make it cleaner and more modern. One benefit of the redesign is that the web pages will display more legibly on smartphones and tablets. The old address will still get you here, but you should change all your favorites or bookmarks to the new address It may take us a little while to find all the links within the site that need changing. If you should encounter one, please let the webmaster know at

It's Time to Register

Registration is open for Fall classes. The course and workshop schedule has been posted on this web site and will appear in a full page ad in the Aiken Standard on August 11. If you are on our catalog mailing list, you should have received one in the mail. To get on our mailing list for the printed catalog, send us your name and street address at

We are offering two new iPad workshops this session and all of our courses using Windows 8 have been upgraded to Windows 8.1 update. Review the offerings and sign up for a class!

Current News and Announcements

If you have a question about our classes, or would like to be added to our catalog mailing list, or want to provide feedback on our web site, please send us an e-mail at

McGrath Computer Learning Center
Office of Conferences and Continuing Education
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

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  • Workshops are two-hour classes that meet one time and focus on a specific topic. If you can't fit a full four- or eight-week course into your schedule, perhaps you can fit a workshop in. Descriptions of all our workshops can be found here. Registration for a workshop can be made at any time up to 2 days before the workshop is held. The workshops scheduled for the remainder of the Winter Session are:

Deadline for registration is the Wednesday before the workshop date. Cost for each workshop is $20. For information about registration, contact Laura Anderson at the USC Aiken Office of Continuing Education, (803) 641-3563.

If USCA cancels undergraduate classes due to inclement weather, any SeniorNet class scheduled to meet during that time is also cancelled. You can get the official closing announcements from USCA online at

The schedule for Fall classes (click here) has been posted to the web site! Make your plans now for the course you need to learn for the first time or to improve your computer skills. Then go to the Registration page (click here) to learn how to sign up. That's all there is to it and you'll be own your way to the exciting world of instant communication and unlimited information. Hurry—class size is limited.

Plan to attend our Open House to be held at the Learning Center (click for map) on September 13 beginning at 9:00 a.m. You may register there or just learn more about what we teach and how we teach it.

  • The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 11:00 a.m., in Room 102 of the B&E Building.

The next Education Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 3:00 pm, in the Learning Center.

  • Tablet Users Group. Do you use a tablet computer? Android? iOS? Windows? 7 inch screen? 10 inch? Galaxy? Nexus? iPad? Microsoft? Tablets are the coming thing in consumer computer use. We at SeniorNet have been working to bring you information about using your tablet effectively. The variety of brands, models, and operating systems make teaching about tablets a real challenge. So we're trying something different. Beginning July 16, SeniorNet will host a Tablet Users Group (TUG) at our Learning Center on the campus of USCA. See a map and get directions to the Center here.

    Each Tuesday from July 16 until August 27, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., the TUG will meet at the Learning Center. You are invited to attend. If you have a tablet, bring it and learn to use it more effectively from both our knowledgeable volunteers and other users. If you're thinking about a tablet, come and ask questions of our volunteers and other users. We aim to create a forum where tablet users can teach each other. Come along—it's free!

  • Each year SeniorNet recognizes one of our volunteers for his or her contributions during the year. All our volunteers contribute, but every year someone stands out for his or her dedication and participation above the call of duty. For 2013 our Volunteer of the Year is Carolyn Heh. Carolyn is shown here receiving the plaque on which her name joins previous awardees from Coordinator Art Smith.

Confused by All the Options Available in a New Computer? Attend SeniorNet's free seminar on Choosing a New Computer. Whether you are just starting with your first computer or updating your current machine, you may benefit from hearing our experienced technicians talk about the options and answer questions about what basics and extras you need to accomplish what you want to do with the computer. And, of course, we'll answer any questions you have about SeniorNet courses that begin in January. No registration required—just come to the Aiken County Public Library on December 5 at 3:00 p.m..

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471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
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