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Digital Literacy

Digital literacy workshops

The first Tuesday through Thursday of every month, we offer a 3-day digital literacy series for beginner computer users from 1-2:30pm. Students and community members are welcome to attend at no cost. Workshops rotate between our Opportunity Centers and online via Zoom.

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Getting Started with Tech Tools: May 3-5, 2022

All classes 1-2:30pm
Location: Willow Creek Opportunity Center

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 1-2:30pm
Location: Metro Center

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.
Google Workspace – Basics: July 5-7, 2022

All classes 1-2:30pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Gmail Tips and Tricks: Tuesday, July 5
  • 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, July 6
  • Gain a basic understanding of Google Drive.
  • Learn how to use Google Docs.
  • Create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
Google Workspace Part 2: Thursday, July 7
  • Gain a basic understanding of Google Meet.
  • Learn how to use Google Slides.
  • Create a Google Form.
Google Workspace – Intermediate: August 2-4, 2022

All classes 1-2:30pm
Location: Willow Creek Center

Google Docs – Intermediate: Tuesday, August 2
  • 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.
Google Sheets – Intermediate: Wednesday, August 3
  • 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, August 4
  • 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.

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Resource library

Tools for building skills.

Learning at PCC
  • 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!
Free community resources
Self-led computer basics
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).
Quick how-to videos

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