As scary as a layoff is, trying to re-enter the workforce without computer skills is even scarier.
To help unemployed or at risk workers with no computer skills, Pierce College’s Continuing Education program is offering a series of “no frills, all basics” computer courses starting in April. The courses are taught by caring, patient, skilled instructors, who care about each student’s success.
“We understand this is a really tough time for a lot of people and we’re doing everything we can to help them through it,” said Lisa Reeves, director of Continuing Education at Pierce College. “Our beginners’ series is perfect for adults who may be entering the workforce for the first time in several years, or for those transitioning from a field that required little or no computer skills.”
The most basic courses, Pierce’s Computer Survival Series, features classes in basic home computer use, word processing, managing files and folders, email, and the Internet. These sessions typically run from 9 a.m. to noon on a single day and cost $29 to $39.
For those with a bit more computer experience, who are wishing to brush up on their skills or learn new programs, Pierce offers an Office Applications series with classes in PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Excel. Classes are held over four evening sessions for $119. A 10-session series in Microsoft Access is also available for $329.
Pierce also offers several Fast Track courses designed to give workers a fast-paced in-depth tutorial through important software they may need to prepare a presentation or for an interview. These intense, single-session classes last all-day. Classes are offered in Word and Excel, and cost $99.
All of the courses listed above are community education classes offered at Pierce College South Hill Park in Puyallup through the Continuing Education program. They are open to the general public and enrollment in Pierce College in not required for registration. For a full list of class dates, times, and locations, visit www.pierce.ctc.edu/conted or call (253) 840-8451.