If you received any sort of the latest “smart” device, software or technology that was on your wish list gift-wrapped over the holidays and now, suddenly, you feel stupid, the staff at CityMac is here to help build you up and uncomplicate things.
Because what you may not know is that, besides selling and repairing Apple products since 2012 in The Market Common, CityMac also hosts three types of tutorial classes inside the store: group workshops, one-on-one classes and multi-week courses.
According to Bill Molnar, VP of sales and marketing at CityMac, they host workshops for almost every skill level, from the basic how-to to more in-depth proficient sessions for more advanced users trying to get the most out of their
“Whether you want to use your device for entertainment or you’re interested in learning how to be more productive, we have a workshop for you,” he says.
Group Workshops are teacher-led, mostly beginner level classes for six to 30 students; One-on-One Classes are designed to be more specialized for students who need extra help or want advanced training on something specific; and Multi-Week Courses are teacher-led classes that go more in depth into a topic over a few weeks’ time. Prices range $29-$39 for a 90-minute workshop, to $59-$69 for personal one-on-one classes.
The most popular classes, says Molnar, are generally “How to use your iPad/iPhone” and anything involving using the camera and the Photos app.
“There are so many people out there that may have been Apple users for a few years, but still feel they don’t really know the potential of what their device can do,” he says. “We hope to help them unlock that potential! … We really want to help people understand the technology, help them connect to it, and learn how to get the most out of it. We enjoy seeing the ‘Aha!’ moments on the faces of people when they master this piece of equipment they once thought was beyond them.”
Molnar maintains that all CityMac instructors provide instructional content that in no way talks past or over the students, as most students are typically 65 years or older who want to keep up with the changing technology.
“The demo is pretty straightforward,” he says. “And, as phones are more and more advanced, and cameras are more and more a big part of that, expanding on learning to master the mobile
device is where our classes are headed.”
Interestingly enough, however, Molnar says that one of CityMac’s most popular instructors based out of one of the company’s seven locations throughout the Carolinas and on the West Coast, just turned 80.
“He’s been in tech his whole life, is a published author, and is a regular lecturer on some of the top cruise lines in the world,” says Molnar. “He shares his knowledge of learning in a way that resonates with his students and his classes fill up quickly with students that many times are younger than him.”
Molnar adds that this instructor also recently wrote a book based on his classes, a la “iPhones/iPads for Dummies,” and CityMac is currently involved in the publishing of this book, which will be offered at a reduced price to all students registered to take CityMac classes.
Look for CityMac’s spring schedule of classes to be posted soon! They’re working on some new workshops, as well as an expanded one-on-one schedule. Check back for updates at www.citymac.com.
City Mac Myrtle Beach is located at 4005 Howard Ave. here in The Market Common. Or you can call at 843-492-4600.