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.
- A small fee (between $5 and $15).
- A library card in good standing.
- Some classes have prerequisites.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do the classes cost?
Classes cost $5 per session. Each class consists of one or more sessions. For example, our Computer Basics class consists of two sessions, so it costs $10. Class fees are non-refundable.
How do I enroll in a computer class?
Registration must be done in-advance and in-person at the Computer Lab. It cannot be done over the phone. Payment (cash or check) must be made at the time of registration.
If you wish to skip the Computer Basics class, you may be asked to demonstrate a basic computing skillset in the lab. The test takes 10-15 minutes.
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, introduces 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 can’t make all the class sessions in a course?
We ask that you not enroll if you know in advance that you will miss classes. Our classes are in very high demand and we prefer to enroll only those students who are able to make a commitment to clear their schedule and attend every class.
What if I want to start at the very beginning and the classes are filled?
We can place your name on a waiting list. If someone drops out before the first session starts we will start calling names on the list in chronological order. If the slot opens at the last minute we will call names until we can speak to someone on the list. If we have more time, we’ll leave messages and accept the first call-back.
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 computer courses. If you wish to bypass the Computer Basics course, you will need to demonstrate a basic computing skillset in the lab. The test takes 10-15 minutes.
Can I practice in between classes?
Yes, in fact, we encourage it. When the Computer Lab is not closed for classes it is open for public use. You can come in and practice during those times. 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 when you are really stuck, typically practice sessions are self-study. You can always bring your questions to the next class.
Can I bring someone to class to help me?
In our experience this does not work well. It can be distracting to other students and to the teacher. We typically have a teacher’s helper during class who can provide individual assistance to a certain degree.
What if I want to complete the entire series without attending any classes?
All of our lesson plans and course materials are available online. 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 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Internet Explorer 11. We also have certain settings on our Lab computers which may not look or behave like the software on your home computer.