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Digital Literacy

Digital literacy workshops

We offer a monthly 3-day digital literacy series for beginner computer users on the first Tuesday through Thursday of each month from 1-2pm. Students and community members are welcome to attend at no cost.

Simply click the button below to register for one or all of these workshops. Currently offered via Zoom.

Register to attend a workshop

Google Workspace – Basics: February 1-3, 2022

All classes 1-2pm

Gmail Tips and Tricks: Tuesday, February 1
  • Learn how to use the advanced search feature to find important emails.
  • Learn how to attach an assignment, resume, photo, or any document to an email.
  • Learn how to add a professional signature line that shows up automatically.
  • Learn how to CC (copy) and BCC (blind copy) recipients.
Google Workspace Part 1: Wednesday, February 2
  • Gain a basic understanding of Google Drive.
  • Learn how to use Google Docs.
  • Create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
Google Workspace Part 2 – Thursday, February 3
  • Gain a basic understanding of Google Meet.
  • Learn how to use Google Slides.
  • Create a Google Form.
Google Workspace – Intermediate: March 1-3, 2022

All classes 1-2pm

Google Docs – Intermediate: Tuesday, March 1
  • Review how to create, format, export, and share Docs.
  • Learn how to add headers and footers, use word count, insert links, and create visually appealing reports.
  • Learn how to search for and replace words and phrases.
  • Practice creating a dynamic document and sharing your document with links, and/or over Zoom.
Google Sheets – Intermediate: Wednesday, March 2
  • Review how to create, format, export, and share Sheets.
  • Learn how to create a filter and sort data.
  • Learn how to add a formula using Sheets.
  • Build a budget tracker in Sheets, using skills you learn in class.
Google Slides – Intermediate: Thursday, March 3, 1-2pm
  • Review how to open, save, export, format, and share Slides.
  • Learn how to make visually appealing presentations, using themes, formatting, photos, links, and color matching.
  • Learn how to animate your presentation.
  • Practice creating dynamic slides and learn how to present over Zoom.
Skills for Student Success: April 5-7, 2022

All classes 1-2pm

D2L: Tuesday, April 5
  • Learn how to find your class and navigate D2L.
  • Choose how you receive announcements.
  • Learn how to download content.
Google Calendar and Time Management: Wednesday, April 6
  • Learn how to schedule and share events.
  • Learn how to include a Google Meet room in your invite.
  • Explore ways that Google Calendar can support your time management goals.
  • Learn how to set reoccurring events.
LinkedIn Basics: Thursday, April 7
  • Learn how to set up a LinkedIn account.
  • Learn how to change your profile, banner, and profile title.
  • Learn how to create a professional profile.
  • Learn the basics of how to network on LinkedIn.
Getting Started with Tech Tools: May 3-5, 2022

All classes 1-2pm

Using the Internet: Tuesday, May 3
  • Learn how to get connected to the Internet.
  • Learn basic search strategies.
  • Learn how to bookmark pages.
  • Get tips for using passwords.
  • Learn how URLs work.
Zoom Etiquette and Tips: Wednesday, May 4
  • Learn Zoom etiquette for classes and business meetings.
  • Learn how to send a private chat message in Zoom.
  • Learn how to share your screen.
  • Learn how to raise your hand or use emojis.
  • Learn how to change your name or include your pronouns.
Internet Safety: Thursday, May 5
  • Learn how to be aware of phishing scams.
  • Learn how to set strong passwords.
  • Learn how to stay safe when using public computers.
  • Learn how to be smart about where you share your information.
  • Learn how to get off of email spam.
Microsoft Basics: June 7-9, 2022

All classes 1-2pm

Word Basics: Tuesday, June 7
  • Understand what Word is and what it is used for.
  • Get started with the basics of creating and saving a document.
  • Learn how to format text, modify page layouts, and add visual effects.
  • Learn how to use editing tools like spelling and grammar check.
PowerPoint Basics: Wednesday, June 8
  • Understand what PowerPoint is and what it is used for.
  • Get started with the basics of creating a slideshow and working with themes.
  • Learn how to format text, modify slides, and add visual effects.
  • Learn how to animate your slides and play a slideshow.
Excel Basics: Thursday, June 9
  • Understand what Excel is and what it is used for.
  • Get started with the basics of creating, editing, and saving a simple spreadsheet.
  • Learn how to format text and modify rows, columns, and cells.
  • Learn how to sort data.
  • Understand how to create a simple formula.

Resource library

Tools for building skills.

Learning at PCC
  • Digital literacy workshops
    A new series is offered each month to help you build basic skills. No cost to the community! See above for details.
  • Computer classes
    Learning just for fun? Improving your skills for the workplace? Looking to work towards a degree? We’ve got a class for you!
  • Digital literacy tutoring for PCC Students
    Computer literacy support is available to PCC students. Schedule an appointment or get self-help resources.
Free community resources
Self-led computer basics
Quick how-to videos
Self-led intermediate and advanced learning
  • Google Workspace: Collection of short how-to videos for Google Workspace.
  • Code Academy: Start learning to code for free.
  • Khan Academy: Computer programming courses, and much more.
  • Coursera: Courses on a huge range of topics (note: not all classes are free).
  • Microsoft Learn: Online classes to train for Microsoft certificates (note: while classes may be free, testing for certificates may have a cost).

This program is made possible thanks to the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders Award.