March 1, 2017

Tip Content Provided By: AthLife

Keeping up with technology can be challenging, but having basic computer literacy is an important skill to have and to continue to develop. These days most jobs require some level of technology and/or computer competency. Likewise, if you are returning to school to further your education, you will probably need to able to navigate the use of a computer to complete assignments or even take your classes altogether. 

If you need help on freshening up your computer literacy skills, there are a few places that can help you:

Public Library – Many public libraries offer free computer technology classes to help you learn basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word or Excel. To find your local library you can click here, once you have found a public library near you, stop by and inquire about their computer class offerings.

YouTube – There are many free tutorials on YouTube for basic and more complicated computer use questions. If you want to learn some things on how to set up your email account or manage your email YouTube may be a good place to start. – An online tutorial resources website offered by LinkedIn, has over 5,000 courses ranging from beginner level to advance. Examples of their courses include basic computer literacy for windows up to programming courses. is a subscription service but they do offer a free trial.

Community Centers – Many local community centers offer free or low cost classes in different areas including computer literacy.

School Districts – Many public school districts offer low cost adult education evening or weekend classes. Check to see if you local school district offers a program.

Community Colleges - Local community colleges offer non-credit enrichment classes at low cost. Check you local community college to see their offerings. 

Learning basic or advanced computer skills are essential to stay competitive in today’s job market. Additionally, if you are considering returning to school, brushing up your computer skills is especially important. Most classes today require some use of computer technology. So remember, if you need to brush up your computer skills, there are many free or low cost resources to explore that can help you improve your computer skills.

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