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Wheatland Further Education's new programming

By Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

What do you do when someone asks you to become an executor?


“Once your executor is in place, it means that you are not there to look after anymore. You want to make sure that your executor knows what their responsibilities are. Because it is a big job,” explained Wheatland Further Education Society's executive director Joyce Bazant. 'Being An Executor – Legal Rights & Responsibilities' is a course being offered by WFES this spring at their Strathmore office.

“I find lots of people don't want to say no. If you ask a friend to be an executor they don't want to say no, but do they really know what they are getting in for and what their legal rights and responsibilities are?' said Bazant.

The course gives an overview of the legal rights and responsibilities of an executor that handles over items like estate assets, debts, distributing to beneficiaries and administering on behalf of an estate.

In March WFES is offering a number of computer courses aimed at helping people who are new to computers become proficient.

The first, called Computer Basics/Intro to Windows 10, is a course for new computer users where they learn how to use the Windows 10 operating system. Participants will also learn their way around computer hardware, like a mouse, keyboard, USB drive and the internet and email.

Once complete, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

After they've got a bit of practice using a computer, individuals can also try Introduction to Microsoft Word 2016. Starting in April 2018, in this course participants learn how to use the basic features of Microsoft Word.

Bazant explained that right now WFES is offering the introductory course for Word and Excel, but they are able to offer PowerPoint and Publisher if there is enough interest.

“Anybody who is in a regular office would use Microsoft Office. It is probably one of the most popular programs there is. You use it for creating, saving letters and written correspondences, formatting text, and to be able to print letters, or any other documents,” she said. The program is also used to correct spelling and grammar errors.

In terms of Microsoft Excel she said, “Lots of businesses use it for keeping track, using spreadsheets.”

In the course, individuals would lean how to do formulas within the spreadsheet and how to format documents.

The class sizes are small as well, she explained, with a group of between four to eight students at a time. “We are doing small classes so that you get more individual attention,” said Bazant.

“I don't know if the public realize it, but our computer lab can be used for the public,” said Bazant.

Members of the public can visit the WFES office in Strathmore during business hours in order to use the computer lab for online training, and career or employment information, resume development and Internet access free of charge.

More information on the new courses being offered by Wheatland Further Education Society can be found online at, or by calling their office in Strathmore at 403-934-5785.


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