“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I Learn.”

–Ben Franklin

iCollege™

Welcome to iCollege! Mr. Franklin summed up our philosophy in one memorable quote. Our goal is simply that when you leave an iCollege course, you will have learned what you wanted to learn and discovered so much more about your technologies that you'll want to learn more!

We’ve heard from so many people that they ‘don’t know what they don’t know.’ And that is so true when it comes to technology. Why in the world would anyone expect you to know how to use your mobile devices? Why did they do away with instruction manuals anyway?

iCollege facilitates learning to use mobile devices for the baby-boomer generation. We teach you specifically how to use your iOS Apple Mobile Devices, as well as MAC and Windows computers, home networks, printers and much more. You'll learn more about cloud computing, secure internet browsing, how to take, edit and share better photos & videos. You'll leave so much better prepared to use your smart devices!

iCollege courses are taught in small group environments of 6 or fewer students. Smaller class sizes gives students more time to ask questions and interact with the instructor. Regularly scheduled classes appear; down below in the calendar section. Classes are held in a comfortable environment. Classes are 90 minutes however; plan for two hours.

Before registering for a class you need to create a log in. Click on the Create an Account link at the top left-hand corner of this page or any webpage on our site. Fill in the required information and as much as the optional information as you can. You will be able to edit this information after it is created by clicking on the My Profile link at the top of every webpage. At the bottom of the form make sure you click on the box telling us that you are not a robot.

Registering for a Class is as easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Check out the iCollege Course Catalog below and note the classes you are interested in taking. Then check out the upcoming class schedule on the calendar below the iCollege Course Catalog. New classes and course dates will be added to our six-week rolling calendar; so check back often to see what is coming up! Click on the small icon at the top right corner of the calendar called - Events In Date - to see the next month's class schedule.

  2. See a class you’d like to take? Roll your mouse over the calendar to highlight the classes on that day. Then click on course name in the calendar date block to expand the information and reach the enrollment screen. You will see the time, location and cost of the class. Scroll to the bottom of the page to Tickets and then click on Add to Cart.

  3. Proceed to the Checkout screen where you can enter payment for your course by clicking on Pay by Check or PayPal. If you signed up for iCollege Voucher Credits, click on the apply credit or voucher and the page will update to indicate that you are using a pre-paid voucher as the form of payment. If you are interested in just taking the one iCollege course, you can enter payment for the course here also.

If you haven’t created an account with us, you will be prompted to create an account. Click on the Create an Account link at the top left hand corner of this page or any page on our website. The Manage My Account page will hold your account information and can be accessed by clicking on the link on the top right corner.

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Endorsements

  • “At my age, I just don’t take easily to the technical. Even “IPad for Dummies” made my eyes cross. Chris Nicholas has a gift, two gifts really. He has an incredible expertise and comfort with all things technical and a true gift for teaching. If this were a course, I’d be getting an A.”
    – BR
  • “If, like me, your palms sweat just thinking about how to ask questions because all this technology is so foreign, Chris can assist to articulate your questions; he seems to instinctively know what has me stumped and will talk me through the steps with great patience and a calmness that instills confidence that I can do this. If Chris doesn’t know the answer, he will research it and provide helpful information. While still a novice with all this, I have learned much and stress less!! I highly recommend Chris and his company.”
    – Maryann D
  • “Chris Nicholas was a wonderful help teaching me about my new iPad. He let me have hands on setting up my machine. He was very patient with me and extremely knowledgeable of the software. I believe I learned enough in a short time period to feel comfortable using my iPad. I would highly recommend Chris for any iPad set-up or trouble shooting.”
    – SK
  • “The presentation of a wealth of information in an informal and friendly atmosphere helped digestion and understanding. Course included coverage of very important and worthwhile topics, concepts, and relationships. Chris, thanks for a job well done!”
    – Michael L. Kasavana, Ph.D., NCE5, CHTP
    Michigan State University
    NAMA Endowed Professor – Emeritus
  • “I no longer feel analog in a digital world!  Thanks.”
      – Fran D, Southport, NC
  • “I found Chris Nicholas after enduring much frustration with other Computer help services in the area. Chris always responds to questions and problems without long delays. In most cases he’s in touch within a few hours or less. His knowledge and help have been worth every cent of his “Annual Assistance Subscription.” If you need responsive computer help, I can recommend Chris without reservation.”
    – Dan B.
  • We experienced a series of head scratching issues when we switched systems and purchased new phones, and had several false starts with many local well meaning, but unhelpful “experts”. Until we found Chris and started attending his classes, nothing worked well. His classes are full of practical and useful information that we we’re able to put to immediate use.

    His competence and knowledge when combined with his persistence and patience make him the perfect subject matter expert for us and we highly recommend him for your technical problems! 

    – Jim L.
  • Once again thank you for solving my latest iPad problem and the other the problems I have had during the year with my laptops and IPad. If not for your help they might be in the bottom of the lagoon with my golf clubs. Your monthly tech newsletter with updates and advice is very helpful.
     – Don M.
  • Unable to get my scanning function to operate I contacted the printer’s tech support, which was an overseas technician. He indicated that I needed several applications removed from my MAC for a cost of $300, in order to get the scanning function to work. Instead I called Chris, who makes house calls.  Chris solved my scanning problem and other issues without removing any applications in a very short time frame and for a fraction of the cost.  Having a local, knowledgeable and patient consultant is priceless!
    – Diane F.

Commonly asked questions about taking iCollege courses

What is iCollege?

iCollege is systematically learning how Apple’s iPhones and iPads work for you so that you don’t have to work at it! Each iCollege course is designed as an instructor led 90-minute, hands-on lesson on one topic or several related topics as we demonstrate and you practice on your Apple mobile devices. Learning how devices function with their settings and operating systems will improve your overall satisfaction with using your devices and significantly lower your frustration! As the saying goes, “you don’t know what you don’t know!” Sign up for iCollege classes and learn how to do more with your Apple devices and feel empowered to keep learning more.

What happens in an iCollege class?

To prepare for class, make sure that your iOS device is fully charged. If you can’t sign in to your Apple ID or the Cloud, let the instructor know at the beginning or class. The classes are hands on. The instructor will verbally communicate the information and demonstrate how to use the devices on a projector. Then students are encouraged to perform the functions on their devices. By hearing, watching and doing the functions yourself, you will learn and retain the information. The goal is for the students to hear, see and do the functions. Using three senses, hearing, sight and touch improves our ability to retain the information.

Can I retake classes?

Absolutely. Sometimes going over the same material several weeks apart can help you remember the information longer and in more detail. Don’t feel bad either; we’re all at an age where we need a little memory boost!

What is the tuition for iCollege?

iCollege tuition is $25 per 90 minute class. For anyone who wants to take multiple courses, special discounts apply! You can choose a 5 course voucher for $110 or a 10 course voucher for $195. Additionally, if you want to take an unlimited number of iCollege courses for a full year, click on the unlimited course voucher.

When you purchase a voucher, iCollege Credits are added to your account. To view your iCollege Credits, click on your account page. To use your iCollege Credits just consult the calendar and click on the course you’d like to take. RSVP for the class and proceed to the Checkout page. The iCollege Credit will be deducted from your account and you’ll be enrolled in the course.


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iCollege Course Catalog

iCollege courses are taught in small group settings of six students or less. This provides students with a level of individual attention not found in other technology learning programs. These are live, instructor led classes where students are encouraged to use their device as they follow the instructor’s device projected on the screen. PowerPoints and videos are used only to facilitate a better understanding of the material. Students are encouraged to ask questions.

Most iCollege classes focus on the Apple iOS devices, iPhone and iPad. However there are some classes that are on computers, networking, cloud and other topics which are non-Operating System or device specific.

iCollege classes are scheduled for 90 minutes however the actual in-class time may be two hours due to questions and discussions.

Available Courses:

(Click on the course title below to see a description of the course.)

Course 101 – iPhone Basics - New to iPhone? This Is a Great Place to Begin!

When you are new to iPhone technology, it’s always best to start at the beginning, and that is what this course does. This course is ideal for new iPhone users or anyone who wants to have a basic understanding of iPhone applications. Get more out of your device… with less frustration!

Your device needs ground rules and it’s up to you to set them up! Without the right settings, a smart phone becomes just a flip phone with more buttons and dials. Learning the function of each Setting will help you master the device rather than be at its mercy!

By the end of this course you will know your iPhone and its operating system so well that you’ll have less frustration and more fun using your iPhone. This course provides an in-depth overview of buttons and their functions, Apple gestures like swiping, pinching, tapping and shortcuts and substitutes for typing on your devices. You’ll know how to use iMessage, Calendar, Contacts and more with less effort and more fun. You will be able to make changes and control your devices without consulting your kids!

Included in Course 101is an overview of

  • The iPhone – Buttons, Controls, Display icons and what their functions
  • Apple Gestures (swiping, pinching, tapping and more)
  • SIRI – What can Siri do for you? How does Siri work? Why doesn’t Siri work?
  • How to use Siri, Dictation and Predictive Spelling
  • Home Screen Organization – Organize by creating folders
  • Shortcuts – How to get things done – quicker, and with fewer mistakes
  • Fixing Problems – How to reset your device, unfreeze screens, improve your battery life and get more done in less time with fewer frustrations.
Prerequisite Courses? This is a basic class that will benefit new and experienced iPhone users.

Course 102 – iPad Basics - New to iPad? This Is the Best Place To Begin!

This is the companion course to Course 101 – iPhone Basics and is intended specifically for iPad users. It is ideal for those who are new to iPad or anyone who wants to understand basic functions, buttons and shortcuts. When you are new to iPad technology, it’s always best to start at the beginning, and that is what this course does. Get more out of your device… with less frustration!

Your device needs ground rules and it’s up to you to set them up! Without the right settings, a smart phone becomes just a flip phone with more buttons and dials. Learning the function of each Setting will help you master the device rather than be at its mercy!

By the end of this course you will know your iPad and its operating system so well that you’ll have less frustration and more fun using your iPad. This course provides an in-depth overview of buttons and their functions, Apple gestures like swiping, pinching, tapping and shortcuts and substitutes for typing on your devices. You’ll know how to use iMessage, Calendar, Contacts and more with less effort and more fun. You will be able to make changes and control your devices without consulting your kids!

Included in Course 102 is an overview of

  • The iPad – Buttons, Controls, Display icons and their functions
  • Apple Gestures (swiping, pinching, tapping and more)
  • SIRI – What can Siri do for you? How does Siri work? Why doesn’t Siri work?
  • The differences and uses of Siri, Dictation and Predictive Spelling
  • Home Screen Organization – Organize your home screens
  • Shortcuts – How to get things done – quicker, and with fewer mistakes
  • Fixing Problems – How to reset your device, unfreeze screens, improve your battery life and get more done in less time with fewer frustrations.
Prerequisite Courses? This is a basic class that benefits new and experienced iPad users.

Course 103 – Apple Icons & Symbols

What are all those icons and symbols on your iPhone, iPad or MAC? What happens when you select them? Apple devices have more than 50 symbols or icons and some of them carry out multiple tasks. Many work in conjunction with others icons or settings. Some control functions that must be turned somewhere else in order for certain functions to do what they are supposed to do. Some icons may be app specific and others are used with multiple applications. Many of these symbols are used in the MAC OS and this course can be beneficial to Apple mobile device users using a MAC computer at home..

By the end of this class you will have a better understanding of how symbols and icons work so that you will have more confidence tapping on the icons to help you accomplish your goals.

Prerequisite Courses? This is a basic class that will benefit new and experienced iOS device users.

Course 104 – Buying Apps & Other Content in The App Store & in iTunes

One of the most enjoyable features of the iPad and iPhone is using them to play games, streaming music and videos, read books or listen to audio-books. The iTunes and App Store functions are easy to use when you know how to use them or intimidating if you don’t know how.

There are more than 1,500,000 apps in the App Store. How do you select the ones that are right for you? What does “in-app purchases mean?” How much space does an app take up on your device? What permissions are do apps request and should you give apps permissions to access your contacts or other information? How do you send apps back to your cloud?

We will also cover how to gift iTunes cards and how to redeem gift cards when you receive one.

By the end of this class you will be able to use the App Store and iTunes Store effectively for purchasing apps, music, books, movies and other content. You will understand how to change settings for your apps and what permissions to grant them. You will know how to add a gift card into your iTunes account and how to purchase and give iTunes gift cards.

Prerequisite Courses? This is a basic class that can benefit new and experienced iOS device users.

Course 105 – Photos & Videos- Using Your Camera and Editing Apps

Taking photos or videos is easily one of the most enjoyable things to do with your iPhone or iPad device! By the end of this course you will know how to use the amazing editing features to make your photos and videos come alive! We will cover how to lock the focus, adjust the light, take a panorama picture and trim a video. You’ll learn how to share your images in four different formats – mail, message, Airdrop and iCloud photo sharing. There is an art to taking photos and videos with your iPhone or iPad.

Prerequisite Courses? This is a basic class that will benefit new and experienced iOS device users.

Course 201 – Advanced Settings

This course isn’t for the casual or new user. We will cover advanced settings that allow you to personalize your devices as well as diagnose and fix problems when they happen..

We will learn how to correctly set up and use the iCloud and Mail account functions. We will also look at how to use iCloud.com to see what is stored in your iCloud and how to check the synching functionality. Correctly setting up iCloud is an important process for your iOS devices to synch with each other and for backing up your devices. It’s imperative to select the right settings for iCloud, and Mail Accounts on all your connected devices for them to work correctly. Mail account settings are dependent on your device, mail client and your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and need to be set up correctly for each device to function properly.

By the end of this class you will have a much better understanding of the Apple iCloud. You will also understand how your mobile device works with your Mail Client and your ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) email settings. We will also discuss POP3 and IMAP mail protocols, their usage and which is the best choice for your needs.

This is an advanced and experienced iOS device users course.

Course 203 - Setting Up a New iPhone or iPad

If you are replacing your iPad or iPhone there are important steps to take before you activate your new device. Letting your wireless carrier make these changes for you can produce future problems.

If you’re giving your old device away or selling it, it’s important to know the proper procedure for signing out of the old device and into the new one. This class will take you through the step by step process of transferring the information and properly shutting down your old device. You’ll learn how to securely sign out of the old device and the proper way to turn on and set up the new device. There is a lot more to it then just transferring contacts and calendars or setting up email accounts.

At the conclusion of this class you will know exactly how to prepare for and perform an orderly upgrade to your new device. You will know what to do and when to do it.

Course 204 – Special Features - Using AirPrint, AirDrop, Hotspots & Family Sharing

In this class we will discuss four fantastic functions that perform very specific functions for you. We will discuss what they are, how to set them up and how to use them. The four functions include AirPrint, AirDrop, Hotspots and Family Sharing. You can print from your iPhone and iPad, send content to other nearby Apple users with AirDrop, use your iPhone as a hotspot and set up a Family Share plan!

AirPrint is a function that allows you to print from your iPhone or iPad. AirDrop is a technology that allows you to share content with other Apple device users without using wi-fi or cellular networks. Using your iPhone as a hotspot turns it into a wireless router for your wi-fi only iPad or computer. Learn how the iCloud Family Sharing program works and how to get your Family network started.

By the end of this class you will know what these functions do and how to set them up and use them. You’ll understand how each of these functions can make using your devices more convenient and economical and make your time more productive.

Prerequisites? It is recommended that the student have an understanding of basic settings and symbols in the iOS system taught in Course 103.

Course 301 – Creating Albums & Organizing Your Photos

Course 301 – Creating Albums & Organizing Your Photos

In this class we learn how to organize photos and videos into albums, set up a slideshow and share them with your family and friends. We will also cover how iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing work to store, show and share your favorite moments.

By the end of this class you will be well on your way to an organized photo library to share with family and friend! You will also learn how to keep those precious memories safe in the Apple iCloud.

Course 302 - Open Small-Group Session - Your Questions Answered

This course is a “catch-all” intended to answer your questions. This is a ninety minute Q&A workshop limited to six people. If you have specific questions about your iPhone, iPad or Mac this is a setting where you can get answers in a small group setting. We sit around the dining room table and discuss your issues you may have with your device or discover new uses for them.

Course 304 – ApplePay & The Wallet App

ApplePay is simply the most secure form of payment available today. If you have an Apple iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or 7 and want to start using ApplePay and Passbook, this is the course for you. We will also cover how to add loyalty cards, airplane boarding passes and other content to your Wallet.

By the end of this class your ApplePay will be set up and ready to purchase! You will also have your Wallet App set up and ready to use for your boarding passes and loyalty cards.

Prerequisite – Your device must support ApplePay in order to set up and use the ApplePay feature. If in doubt, please check the Settings tab on the device and look for Wallet & ApplePay.

Course 402 - Accessibility Features of the iPhone & iPad for Those With Hearing or Vision Needs

Course 402 – Accessibility Features of the iPhone & iPad for Those With Hearing or Vision Impairments

This course focuses on setting up and using the Accessibility Settings under the General Settings tab. Apple devices have aids to enable those who have hearing or vision impairments use their devices more effectively so that they can enjoy using them. In this class we will learn how to set up and control the Accessibility Settings under the General Settings tab on the iPhone or iPad for those with hearing or vision impairments. By the end of this course you’ll know how to use these settings to improve the experience of using the device.

Below is a calendar of upcoming classes. AppTech Training schedules iCollege classes approximately four to six weeks in advance so that students can register based upon their schedules. Check back often to view or register for new classes that have been added. If you have a suggestion for a class, please click here and let us know what you’d like to learn about!

Check out the upcoming class schedule on the calendar below. Click on the small icon at the top right of the calendar called - Events In Date - to see the next month's class schedule.

See a class you’d like to take? Roll your mouse over the calendar to highlight the classes on that day. Then click on text to expand the information and launch the enrollment screen. You will see the time, location and cost of the class. Scroll to the bottom of the page to Tickets and then click on Add to Cart.

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What if I have to cancel a course?

No worries! We know things come up and sometimes you will need to cancel a course you enrolled in earlier. If you remove yourself from a class at least 7 days prior to the scheduled class, your Class Credit will be redeposited to your account with no penalty. If you remove yourself from a class 6 days to 4 days prior to the scheduled class, your Class Credit will be redeposited to your account for a $10 fee. Unfortunately if you remove yourself from a class within 3 days of the scheduled class or do not show up for the class, your Class Credit is non-refundable. However if you contact us and let us know that a medical emergency, family emergency, or something of an urgent nature that prevented your attending, your credit can be redeposited less a $15 fee.