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Posted October 22, 2012 | Leave a comment
Local and online computer classes available for job seekers
By Samantha Greenfield
One of the top challenges for many of today's job seekers is a lack of technical knowledge and abilities. The good news is that help is out there.
Most of today's job applications are online and many company websites require you to have an email address to even apply. If you feel like you are not able to apply for jobs because you are not comfortable on a computer, be aware that there are lots of free or low cost computer classes in our area just waiting for you to take advantage of. Below is a list of computer training providers in our area as well as free websites that provide computer classes and tutorials:
Handley Regional Library
Mary Jane & James L. Bowman Library
Offers 8 week courses in keyboarding, Microsoft Word, introduction to computers and Excel. Fees range from $25 to $40
Free classes meet on Tuesdays in the Samuels Library computer lab. A different subject is covered each month. Topics include:
Lord Fairfax Community College/Workforce Solutions
Dell Learning System (Lab Time): This is an interactive computer-based learning system which allows participants to develop, refresh or enhance their skills in either Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 applications. Pre-requisites: You must have basic computer skills, knowledge of how to navigate the Internet, and typing skills.
Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, check with front desk for available times. Call the center to check on availability.
Free online resources
Goodwill Learning Foundation:
Digital Literacy portal:
Samantha Greenfield is a re-employment specialist with the Virginia Employment Commission/Winchester Workforce Center. Email her at Samantha.Greenfield@vec.virginia.gov
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