In Wilton, continuing education classes are more than a way for residents to pick up the basic lessons of a new hobby. Between social media marketing courses and Microsoft Office 13 workshops, Dolores Tufariello, the coordinator of Wilton Continuing Education, said on Friday her programs are a way for small-town neighbors to help each other succeed and grow. \u201cWe offer people a person-to-person way to learn,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s a small town, and we\u2019re all trying to help each other become knowledgeable, and help them succeed in what they are trying to learn.\u201d Those who are rarely seen with an instruction manual in their hands, she said, will be especially happy with the style of instruction found throughout the continuing education course book. \u201cIf you are of the type that does not want to read the manual, or do an online class, this is for you. Especially if you would like person-to-person contact in our private- to small-group settings,\u201d she said. \u201cYou\u2019re amongst your peers, and it\u2019s a private lesson within a group environment. They come to learn, and they come to socialize.\u201d With technology evolving at a pace faster than many baby-boomers can keep track of, Ms. Tufariello said her program\u2019s technology classes have been some of the most popular in recent years. For those who want to try and keep up with the latest trends in the computer world, the coordinator said her instructors can help. \u201cTechnology, it seems, is changing every week. There\u2019s a new phone coming out every Friday!\u201d Ms. Tufariello said. \u201cBut if you need to learn technology, and you need to come up to speed right away \u2014 for a new job, or for yourself \u2014 we can help you. \u201cOlder people need to be trained a little bit on how to use this,\u201d she said. \u201cWe can bring them up to speed on Windows 8, and Office 13, and the new wave of what\u2019s going on in technology. We can help people understand: \u2018No more desktops; just laptop-tablet-hybrids with cloud storage.\u201d For small businesses looking to keep up with their industry\u2019s own technology trends, Ms. Tufariello suggested a new workshop about online marketing. Innovative Advertising through Social Media, she said, can help any small business achieve its marketing goals. \u201cWe try to help small businesses by having them come to classes to help their business in town,\u201d she said. \u201cThis one is about using social media to market your products and services using Facebook and Twitter. It really gives some clever tools for social media marketing.\u201d Another business-oriented class that has been popular lately, she said, is an eBay selling class. \u201cPeople are still very in tune with eBay,\u201d Ms. Tufariello said. \u201cPeople are trying hard to sell off things they don\u2019t need anymore. They can get better pricing online than holding a public sale.\u201d Planning for the future is another topic that finds welcoming students at Wilton Continuing Education. Social Security planning and estate planning are two \u201ctried and true\u201d classes. \u201cThose individuals from the \u2018Age of Aquarius\u2019 are now entering the age of retirement! They\u2019re really looking for Social Security planning options. That\u2019s probably our most popular and attended business class,\u201d Ms. Tufariello said. \u201cEstate planning also attracts a wider range of students. No matter what age you are, you are interested in protecting your assets.\u201d Two classes on divorce, one new, and one returning course, should be popular this year, Ms. Tufariello said. The new course \u2014 Gaining Financial Control of Your Divorce \u2014 is a supplement to the Collaborative Divorce class offered during past years. \u201cTwo attorneys teach the Collaborative Divorce class,\u201d she said. \u201cThey help to make divorce a friendlier process. They try to drive down the cost of the divorce process by making it more collaborative, and filled with open communication so those parties do not incur additional expenses.\u201d Information: wiltoncontinuinged.org or 203-834-7694.