While many of us take for granted our ability to zip around the Internet, fly through an online job application and send e-mails with attachments, there are lots of folks in our community who have very little, if any, experience with computers. This creates a huge problem when an employer says, "You have fill out an online application."
If you lack the skills and do not have a technically capable family member or friend willing to fill out your applications for you, you are basically shut out of the majority of job openings. Many jobs require at least a very basic technical ability - even if it is just at a time clock!
I urge people who have no skills or very little skills in computers to get help now! I have listed some sources for free and low cost computer training:
1. The Winchester Workforce Center - The second Thursday of every month (March 10 is next) at 4 p.m., our extremely helpful (and patient) Wade Williams spends time teaching what a mouse is and how to use it as well as what the keyboard does. This class is ideal for those who have never used a computer but have a desire to learn.
2. The Samuels Library in Front Royal - Class meets every Thursday in the Samuels Library computer lab. For more information or to sign up for class please call 540-635-3153 or www.samuelslibrary.net.
3. Shenandoah Valley Literacy Volunteers - Classes are provided in basic computer skills four to six times per year. Classes can accommodate 10 students per session. Classes last for six weeks - software application four weeks. Emphasizes job-specific skills, vocabulary and technology. Please visit www.lvwa.org/programs for more information.
4. Bowman and Handley libraries - The library is offering free computer workshops at Bowman and Handley libraries. Class includes Introduction to the Internet, Basic E-mail, Beginning Word and more. Check the Handley Regional Library website events calendar for changes - www.handleyregional.org. Classes are free and open to the public, but limited to six participants. Get your reservations early by calling the library where the class is offered: Handley Library, 540-662-9041 ext. 19, and Bowman Library, 540-869-9000 ext. 203.
5. Lord Fairfax Community College - Computer Basics for 50+ starts April 15. Please contact the Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Development office for more information at 540-868-7021
If you know of someone who needs to strengthen computer skills or comfort level, please pass this useful information on.
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