Allegheny County Computer Classes

To sign up for a computer class, click the sign-up button below the class listing, call or text , 412-983-2595 or email DigitalPGH@literacypittsburgh.org

In-Person and Virtual options are available.  In-person locations include Literacy Pittsburgh downtown, PA CareerLink® downtown, CCAC Homewood-Brushton, Whitehall Public Library, Carnegie Library of Homestead, Wilkinsburg EARN, Duquesne EARN, and Human Services Center Mon Valley.

Computer Basics (In-Person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA
Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24

Total beginners will gain confidence in using a computer for everyday tasks. This class focuses on basic mouse and typing skills, identifying places to store and save files, and trouble-shooting basic computer issues. Learners may take a NorthStar digital literacy assessment and have an opportunity to earn a certificate.  This is a 6-session class. Participants are expected to attend every session.

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Google for Beginners (In-person)

Human Services Center Mon Valley, 519 Penn Ave, Turtle Creek, PA 15145
Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gmail: July 8

Get an overview of Gmail and create a Gmail account. Learn how to check your email, send an email, reply or forward an email.  Understand the folders in Gmail including Inbox, Sent Items, Spam, Trash, etc. Identify the basic parts of an email including To, From, CC, BCC, Subject, and Body.  

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Google Calendar: July 15

Very beginners will learn how to navigate the Google Calendar.  Participants will create a Gmail account (if needed), gain an overview of the calendar viewing options and settings menus, and learn how to create a new meeting, invite people to meetings, and delete a meeting. 

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Using Google Maps: July 22

Learn the basics of using Google Maps for directions, researching restaurants/locations, planning public transportation, and more. 

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Google Drive: July 29

Learn the basics of Google Drive. Identify what items can be included in a Google Drive, create and manage folders in Drive, and collaborate with others by sharing files and folders with others and changing permissions in Drive. Sign up for a Gmail account during this workshop (if needed).  

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Introduction to Microsoft Excel (In-person)

CCAC Homewood-Brushton, 701 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15208
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Excel is Microsoft’s spreadsheet software. Gain an overview of the program and learn to use many features of the software to create budgets and other spreadsheets. Additionally, learners will have the opportunity to work on skills like storing and organizing files on the computer. Learners will take a NorthStar assessment and can earn a certificate showing employers they understand the basics of using Excel.  This is a 6-session class. Participants are expected to attend every session. 

For more information, you can email CCAC-HBC@ccac.edu or call 412.371.1600

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint (In-Person)

CCAC Homewood-Brushton, 701 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15208
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

PowerPoint is Microsoft’s presentation software. Gain an overview of the program features and learn the basics including formatting text, inserting items, using transitions and animations, saving and printing, and PowerPoint etiquette. Take a Northstar assessment to earn a certificate.   This is a 6-session class. Participants are expected to attend every session. 

For more information, you can email CCAC-HBC@ccac.edu or call 412.371.1600

Using Email (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9,11,16,18,23, 25
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to use email including creating an e-mail account, identifying spam, keeping yourself safe online, and e-mail etiquette especially for the job market. Identify appropriate e-mail tools and write e-mails to potential employers. Learners can take a Northstar assessment and have the opportunity to earn a certificate. This is a 6-session class. Participants are expected to attend every session.

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Google Docs (In-person)

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9,11,16,18,23, 25
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Topics covered include formatting text, sharing and collaborating in a Google Doc, creating lists, inserting tables and images, and downloading files as PDF’s. Students will understand how to use Google Docs in a business or school setting. Students may take a Northstar certificate to show that they understand the basics of Google Docs. This is a 6-session class. Participants are expected to attend every session. 

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Intermediate Microsoft Excel (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 4-session class is perfect for those who have completed Introduction to Excel. Participants will learn and practice using fundamental Excel features to create and modify a worksheet, calculate using formulas and functions, and use cell references. Participants are expected to attend every session.

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Intermediate Microsoft Word Series (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Microsoft Word Creating and Editing Tables: July 11

Learn how to create various tables from text and from scratch. Learn how to change table styles, merge and align cells, split cells, freeze rows, and more.  

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Microsoft Word Headers, Footers, and Breaks: July 18

Learn how to create various styles of headers and footers. Learn how to change the page numbers to start on a page other than page 1. Additionally, practice entering section breaks and page breaks. 

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Microsoft Word Table of Contents and Index: July 25

Students will learn how to create a Table of Contents and Index easily in Microsoft Word.

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Resume Revamp (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, July 15
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop reviews basic formatting for resumes and various resume types. Learn how to use strong action words and keywords that will be suitable for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). 

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Typing Club (In-person)

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Tuesdays, July 16, 23, and 30
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to type or improve your typing skills at your own pace. Practice using the “Home Row” to increase your speed and improve accuracy. Use two typing platforms and see what your average Words Per Minute are. Practice includes instant feedback and games for a fun and rewarding experience. 

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LinkedIn Profile and Network (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, July 22
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Create and maintain a professional online presence on LinkedIn’s social media platform. Learn how LinkedIn provides a network of professionals to interact with and expand knowledge in their respective professional fields of interest. After creating a LinkedIn profile, students will learn best practices, tools, and strategies for using LinkedIn to build their professional brand. 

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Zoom for Beginners (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Monday, July 29
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Understand the basics of the video meeting program Zoom. Learn how to connect and have a meeting through the virtual video conferencing service. 

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LinkedIn Job Search (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Monday, July 29
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore job search features LinkedIn including how to search, save searches and apply for positions. Participants should already have a LinkedIn profile with up-to-date job experience.

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Job Search with Indeed (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Tuesday, July 30
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to create an Indeed account and navigate the website to search and apply for jobs. Learn how to filter job searches to find a job that suits you. Additionally, receive guidance to create and upload your resume. 

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Recognizing Online Ads (In-person)

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Tuesday, July 30
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gain an overview of types of online advertising including sponsored content, clickbait, and targeted advertising.  Practice evaluating sites to see what type of advertising is being used, if any.  Learn how to change privacy settings, if desired, to reduce the frequency of targeted advertising.  

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Social Media and the News (In-person)

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Thursday, August 1
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn how social media can affect the types of news you are exposed to. Filter bubbles, echo chambers and fake news are 3 areas that can affect your experience.  Judge social media content and become a more informed user of social media.

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Computer Lab (In-person) 

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Mondays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (NO OPEN LABS first week of July)
Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (NO OPEN LABS first week of July)
Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (NO OPEN LABS first week of July) 

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Wednesdays, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Wilkinsburg EARN 221 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Mondays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Drop-in time for individual instruction in a group setting. An instructor will guide you in learning any basic computer skill. 

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This program is part of Literacy Pittsburgh's Ready & Relevant initiative, which is made possible through community project funding from the FY22 federal spending bill. The total cost of the Ready & Relevant program is $1,790,803. $675,000 (38%) is funded through a Federal Community Project grant. The other $1,115,883 (62%) is funded through other public contracts and private donations.

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