A computer can confuse users as much as it assists, causing them to click wildly through online help guides to decode error messages and flip frantically through manuals to try to remember its feeding schedule. Domesticate tangled circuit boards with today's Groupon: for $100, you get a two- or three-week computer class for a Microsoft program or QuickBooks software at New Era Computers, valid at both the Beaverton and Forest Grove locations (up to a $275 value). Today's Groupon is not valid for Level-3 courses.
For 10 years, New Era Computers has taught students to bend computers to their will with software-wrangling classes that congregate in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Instructors employ individual attention and hands-on learning to unveil the mysteries behind Microsoft Word (a $180 value), Excel (a $225¬–$275 value), PowerPoint (a $180 value), Access (a $225–$275 value), or the accounting prowess of QuickBooks (a $225 value). Beginning courses impart basic skills, while intermediate courses delve into more complex studies and allow students to build their own scale model of the Internet. Classes meet in two-hour sessions, either twice a week for three weeks or three times a week for two weeks. New Era Computers' schedule lets prospective students peruse a convenient timeslot and teaches them how to introduce themselves in binary.