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Computer Classes

 

In today’s world, a lack of computer knowledge can be the difference between getting a job and being unemployed or can impair you from communicating with those far from you. Our classes can help you bridge that divide inexpensively and without a huge time commitment.

Our classes are designed for the true beginner, as well as for the intermediate user who is looking to improve his or her existing skills.

Class requirements:

  • A library card in good standing.
  • Some classes have prerequisites.

Course Descriptions and Schedule

Class Resources

We make all of our class materials available online for free, such as our lesson plans and practice exercises.  While the materials are optimized for instruction in the Computer Lab, many of the concepts can be transferred to other computers with different software configurations.

Class Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

When will you start having classes in the Computer Lab again?

Our instructor-led classes are currently on hold while we revise our program.  Watch for an updated curriculum and class format coming soon (Fall 2022).  We plan to offer both in-person and and remote learning options.   Please call 610-278-5100, ext. 141 for more information.

How much do the classes cost?

The classes are free.

How do I enroll in a computer class?

We recommend in-person enrollment whenever possible. Otherwise email the Computer Lab staff at mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com to express your interest. In the email, please provide your full name, your library card number and a telephone number.

Do your classes start at the very beginning, like how to turn the computer on?

We do not teach you how to set up a computer and turn it on. Computer Basics, our introductory course, presents the various components of a computer and includes instruction in using a mouse and keyboard. It introduces students to the basics of working in the Windows environment including the desktop, start menu, opening programs and manipulating windows.

What if I don’t need to start at the very beginning? Can I skip some classes?

The skills taught in Computer Basics are the minimum required for most of our other courses. If you wish to bypass the Computer Basics course, you will need to demonstrate a basic computing skillset to the teacher. The skills test takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

Can I practice in between classes?

Yes. In fact, we encourage it. You can come to the Computer Lab to practice anytime during open hours. Our regular hours are:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00AM – 7:45PM
Friday: 9:00AM – 5:45PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:45PM
Saturday (July & August): 10:00AM – 1:45PM
Sunday: CLOSED

We have developed support materials such as lesson plans, guides, and tutorials to utilize as you study. While we may be able answer a few questions if you are really stuck, practice sessions are primarily self-study. You can always bring your questions to the next class.

What if I want to complete the entire series without attending any classes?

All of our lesson plans and course materials are available online at www.mc-npl.org/class-resources. However, if you have questions, we cannot provide assistance beyond how to access the materials, nor can we proctor proficiency tests or issue any certificates. Our lesson plans are tailored for Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016, and Firefox. We also have certain settings on our Lab computers which may not look or behave like the software on your home computer.