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How can you find local computer classes for beginners?

Updated on June 2, 2010

Your Own Backyard, Church-yard, & School -yard

There are many place that a lot ofpeople do not know of that offer computer classes, FREE and they give acertificate of completion. Where, are they? These places are as close as your backyards, or you neighbors. Askaround the neighborhood sometimes there are stay at home parents that form agroup (if not form your own) that will have computer lessons, they know andunderstand how you feel about this new aged stuff. The support of one of your peers, make it alittle less frightening when going into the world of Windows, Browsers, RAM,GB, Downloads, Surfing (I remember when surfing use to be on water in theocean), and the World Wide Web better known as WWW.

Learning anything new is so much better when learned withsomeone or more.

The state department of employmentservices will offer self paced computer learning programs Windows, Excel, PowerPoint. You can go as often as you likeand when you can. They are always thereto help you if you should get stuck on something. They will even help you put together aresume. Check also with Housing Authorities,with city, Counties, or State operated ones they offer these and other programsto anyone wanting to learn and enhance their knowledge.

The schools will also offer classes,call the schools near you to see if they do or which schools. If not at the next program they have at theschool and they give you the form to fill out on what you would like to do. Computerclasses, is an ideal. Do you like towork with children? Volunteer, at a school to help a child to read, or to helpthe teacher, Jr high and high Schools are also in need of help. Schools nowadays have computer rooms and theyalways need help in monitoring the kids. If you have children, in school it isa great way to be involved with there educational learning.

I’m a single parent of four children;three of them are grown with their own families. I have 8 grandchildren I still go to theparent information meetings to see what is new or being offered. I Love it and plus it helps me to know andunderstand what my grands are talking about when they come over to show me whatthey learned in school.

You can all the local townshipoffices and ask them sometimes they offer classes or might know who would. Community Action Programs and The YWCA/YMCAalso offer computer classes plus a lot of other self-help programs. Small computer business, will sometimes offerevening courses now they may charge a fee so make sure you ask if there is afee, or hidden cost of free classes they may have you to purchase a book.

Your local library and parkdistricts are a very good place to check, and check surrounding area ones somemay not have a residency requirement. Socialorganizations, Loins Club, Rotary Clubs, Jr Achievement (if they are still inyour area), Churches, Centers for the homeless (you’d be surprised at how manyhomeless people work, and they have to keep there skills enhanced), Hospitalsin there community events area if they have such near you. Check colleges nearyou in the Women’s Center, they offer to pay for at least one class and yourbooks per-semester. Inquire if they havegive certificate upon completion some colleges will take use these for creditas a life skills learned.

The links listed are just a few examples of places that offer beginner computer lessons. I wish youluck, I’m sure you’ll do Great, in fact I Know you will.

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    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      12 months ago from Home

      Hello Edwin L.

      The below listed are sites that you can get some learning of computer skills. Lynda.com is a free site if your local library has it on their site. Most of them do, or if you're a student or former student of a college or university. This is how I get to my account with them. This site has loads of programs that teach you to step by step about basic computer skills to just about anything else.

      And GCF (Goodwill Community Foundation) is a site for free computer skills training. They also offer online classes all free and you'll receive a certificate afterward. But these classes fill up very quickly and you have to sign up early in the day it becomes open.

      I hope this helps.

      PS. Another way I forgot about, check in your area to see if they have a Foster Grandparenting program, they need adult seniors to tutor grade school through high school kids with their homework. It's a good way to learn while you're teaching. Children know a lot about computers. And also with the program, it has a living allowance and an education stipend and it is also a year commitment. That will not affect SSI benefits if you receive them.

      Lynda.com

      https://www.lynda.com/

      GCF=Goodwill Community Foundation

      https://www.gcflearnfree.org/topics/computers/

      These two are for learning to code and that is used to make websites. If you take a class in this, both of these sites are major helpful. The first has certification courses you learn at your own pace with both of them.

      Free Code Camp

      https://www.freecodecamp.org/

      Codecademy

      https://www.codecademy.com/learn/all

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      2 years ago from Home

      I just found this site also its a nice one to learn about computers and JavaScript and Java.

      http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/index.html

      http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/index.html

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      2 years ago from Home

      Hello Mohammad,

      I do thank you for reading the article and contacting me on this. Since I don't live in Texas, I'm not aware as to what is available.

      I googled and these are what I found. You can contact these places to see if they offer weekend computer classes. Also check with local churches, they will sometimes have free classes. And also if there is a housing authority near you. But for this I do suggest you parents call, also you can ask you teacher(s) at school. I would say the teacher over the computer lab if your school has one. Or contact the local colleges the courses for non-credit area they may have them there as well.

      I know in IL (where I'm from) the local college there has programs for kids your age group for computers, photography etc. So check there. And ask your school counselor.

      http://cityofcarrollton.com/index.aspx?page=803&am...

      http://www.collin.edu/CE/courses_comped.html

      Now with this one I'm not implying anything because of the organization type it is: Youth Shelters and Short-Term Residential Treatment

      C.I.T.Y. House • 972-424-4626 •

      They may know of place that offer this or have a program that is open to public. Have your parents call, please and explain what you are searching for. Also try your local YMCA, if you haven't already.

      And if you have community center/field house they may offer computer courses there.

      Now this next one may sound strange, but just think about it. Contact the local police department Non-emergency number ask if they have a juvenile program to keep kids off the streets.

      Tell them what you are in search of. Police officers have kids and they want to keep their children busy they may know of something or it may spark someone to start and they may allow you to help put a program together. I'm sure you're not the only one that would like to learn about computers.

      Mohammad, I do hope that this helps in some kind of way for you. I am sorry I couldn't be more of a better help in your search. Please let me know what you find and how it turns out for you.

      Take Care

      Adrienne S.

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      Mohammad 

      2 years ago

      I am a 9th grader and I am really fascinated about the new and wonderful tech. So I was looking for classes that I can take during the weekend around Carrollton Tx. Plz and Thankyou

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      3 years ago from Home

      You're welcome Keisha and yes you are right they are. So it pays Ask, Seek, Knock. One thing I still run into, some body-systems will not freely tell you things to help you better yourself. That is why we have got to be our own advocates. I started doing when I first became sick. I was on the pc just doing anything I typed in search, I read blogs, but first I had to look up what blog meant, seriously I did.

      I wanted to better myself and not allow my illness to over power me. I needed more people skills talking to strangers. I'd go to our local college and get on the pc's there, (most colleges don't mind as long as there are a lot of pc's open.) and I'd scan the place and sit next to a person that didn't look up or around for help. So when I got stuck, I'd ask him/her for help good way to talk with people. I'd also go into the Student with disabilities office and ask for help. If they are not busy they will help. And also they can look up free classes that around that you don't know about. Good Blessings with your search.

    • Keisha Hunter profile image

      Keisha Hunter 

      3 years ago from Kingston, Jamaica

      Too often free classes are hidden somewhere and those who really need them can't get the information. Great hub.

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      3 years ago from Home

      Hi Rolanda,

      Try this link:

      http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers

      to learn about the computer. I have learned a lot from this site and still go to it when I have a problem. There are simulators you can do and it help to learn when you do it alone without distractions. You can look at this one to, I don't know much about it, but take a look see if will help.

      http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/BC/BeginnersComputin...

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      rolanda williams 

      3 years ago

      iam trying to find computer class on line

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      3 years ago from Home

      Hi John,

      I am not versed in writing computer programing, but I have used the 'Dummies.com ' series when I designed my website and did pretty good with it too. I have links to that and others I found. You also want to check with local Jr. Colleges, Senior Activity programs, Library if you're a vet check with the actives on local base they may offer free courses.

      I've also listed some kite clubs, I know sounds silly, and you are not to old to fly. I fly all year round. But, kiters are from all over and even better do even more things like write computer programs. You may find someone that does and they can help you get started. I do hope this is of some help to you, John.

      Let me know if it does or not.

      Thank you

      Adrienne a/k/a FeniqueS

      http://www.seniorcitizensguide.com/connecticut/

      http://www.wikihow.com/Start-Learning-Computer-Pro...

      http://code.org/learn

      http://youtu.be/lCraOmeJf4o

      http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/four-steps-t...

      http://connectikiters.blogspot.com/

      http://www.kone.org/New_England_Kite_Calendar.html

    • profile image

      john 

      3 years ago

      I live in conn. and I want to learn how to begin on how to write computer programing I'm 65 can anyone help me thank.

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      6 years ago from Home

      Hi Kim,

      Try here first for online help...

      http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers

      But, for other places where you like, go to your local Community centers at A park district, County Community Action Project, housing authority, Township..I'm aware how it is there where you live. go to the Middle & High School or community colleges Student support services...you do not have to a student. to ask where you can find free help. They may even offer it free...where I live they do its a special program.

      your local Department of Human Services (state welfare office/SSA office too. city's township office, Library's.

      I do hope these are helpful?

    • profile image

      kim zettle 

      6 years ago

      I live in Hawaii and I need some help regaining my computers skills

      kzettle@hawaii.rr.com

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      6 years ago from Home

      Hello Tina,

      I do apologies for delay in reply, but I don't come to site much I just check the emails they send me. Did not receive this, I just happened to come to site today, since I'm laid up today. Had surgery yesterday so confined to bed..which I hate.

      Are you still needing help with the laptop, or have additional questions about it?

    • profile image

      tina 

      6 years ago

      i need help learning how to use my new laptop

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      8 years ago from Home

      You're Welcome, Mandy.

    • profile image

      Mandy 

      8 years ago

      This was very helpful. Thanks-

    • FeniqueS profile imageAUTHOR

      A F Stiger 

      8 years ago from Home

      Your welcome and thank you.

    • dutch84 profile image

      dutch84 

      8 years ago

      Excellent hub! Thanks for the tips.

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      good hub

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