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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. 

Microsoft Word (In-person)

Human Services Center Mon Valley, 519 Penn Ave, Turtle Creek, PA 15145
Mondays, February 5 - March 11
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Microsoft Word is a word processing program.  Gain an overview of Microsoft Word features including how to change font and alignment, adding bullets and numbers to documents, and other common formatting tasks. Learners will take the NorthStar assessment and have an opportunity to earn a certificate they can add to a resume. 

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Media Literacy Workshop Series (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Tuesdays, February 6, 13, and 20
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This 3 part series is meant for participants with knowledge of the basics of internet usage or completion of Internet Basics. Participants may choose to take one or all of the workshops. Anyone who completes all 3 will earn a Certificate of Completion. 

Feb 6: Effective Online Searching: Improve your web-searching to help you find the most accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information. Practice evaluating websites to see if it is relevant to your needs, reliable, biased, or unbiased. Learn ways to judge a website including it’s domain, reputation, how up to date it is, and how to cross-check information.  

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Feb 13: Recognizing Online Ads: 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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Feb 20: Social Media and News: 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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Introduction to Excel (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is a 6 session class. Participants are expected to attend every session. 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.

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Excel to Track Spending (In-Person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Thursdays, February 8, 15 and 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This is a 3-part class. Participants should be familiar with Excel basics or have taken Intro to Excel. Participants are expected to attend every session.
Track Spending:  In class 1, learn how to create a spreadsheet and track expenses with a template.
Using Tables: In class 2, learn how to convert your data from a spreadsheet into a table in Microsoft Excel. Also, learn how to work with tables (design, layout, filters, etc.) 
Using Charts: In class 3, learn how to create a chart to visualize your spending.

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Microsoft Word Workshop Series (In Person) 

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Wednesdays, February 14, 21, and 28
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This 3-part workshop series is intermediate level. Participants should have knowledge of basic Microsoft Word or have completed Intro to Microsoft Word.  Participants that complete all 3 will receive a certificate of completion. 

Feb 14: Creating Tables: In class 1, 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.

Feb 21: Creating a Table of Contents and Index: Students will learn how to create a Table of Contents and Index easily in Microsoft Word.

Feb 28:  Creating Headers, Footers, Columns, and Breaks: 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. Change page number styles. Additionally, learn how and why to enter section breaks and page breaks. Finally, understand how to change text to multiple columns.

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Typing 101 (In-Person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Wednesday, February 14
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Get started with touch typing in this one hour and fifteen minute workshop. 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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Social Media Cleanup (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, February 19
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Understand how your online activities can be tracked and explore your digital footprint. Learn how to clean up your online presence in preparation for job searching by exploring privacy settings on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

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iPhone for Beginners (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, February 19
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Gain an overview of the physical parts of an iPhone and common icons. Practice developmental skills including how to search and install apps, adding and managing contacts, as well as adjusting settings within the iPhone (brightness, volume, font size, etc.).  

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Excel Charts (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, February 19
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Get started with charts to create visually interesting worksheets! Understand basic chart types and what types of data they best represent. Learn to insert charts, use chart tools, and edit chart data. This is an intermediate-level workshop. Participants should be familiar with basic Excel or have completed Intro to Excel. 

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Instagram for Business (In-Person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Wednesday, February 21
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Create and maintain an online presence for a business on Instagram. Learn how to create an Instagram for business account and understand the different types of posting on the social media platform. Engage with followers using Instagram for Business tools in the app.

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Preparing for a Virtual Interview (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Thursday, February 22
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Gain tips for interviewing for a job on Zoom in a variety of aspects including choosing an appropriate, professional background and lighting. Discuss other aspects to consider well ahead of time such as location, Wi-fi connection, troubleshooting, and more. Additionally, learn about tools you can purchase to make your interview experience the best it can be.

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LinkedIn® Profile & Network (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, February 26
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Build your profile and your network in this hands-on workshop.  Bring your resume or job history to expand your LinkedIn profile and grow your network.  Write a professional bio and add to your skills and experience sections. Participants should already have a LinkedIn profile to take this workshop.

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Using Google Maps (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Tuesday, February 27
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

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Introduction to Excel (In-Person)

CCAC Homewood-Brushton, 701 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Wednesdays, February 28 - April 3
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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. 

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

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Email Etiquette (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Wednesday, February 28
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn best practices for emailing based on audience – business, job-seeking, and personal. Write clear and concise professional emails. Create a positive impression and communicate effectively.

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Typing 101 

PA CareerLink® Downtown, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Wednesday, February 28
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Get started with touch typing in this one hour and fifteen minute workshop. 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® Job Search (VIrtual)

Online via Zoom
Thursday, February 29
1:30 pm - 3:30 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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Gmail (In-Person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Thursday, February 29
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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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Intro to Canva (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Monday, March 4
9:00 am - 10:15 am 

Monday, March 25 
10:00 am -11:15 am 

Canva is a free-to-use online graphic design tool. Use it to create social media posts, presentations, posters, videos,  and more. This one hour and fifteen minute workshop will show you what you can design  and get you started by helping you create your free account and one social media post.

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Gmail (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, March 4
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thursday, March 28
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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Intro to Microsoft PowerPoint (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
10:00 am - 12:00 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.

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Internet Basics (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Ave, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Master the basics of using the internet. This includes bookmarking, navigating web pages, and internet safety. Gain insight into using keyboard shortcuts and search terms to make searching online for employment and information easier. Critically assess websites to find the best information. 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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Intermediate Microsoft Word Workshop Series (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Take one workshop or all 3. Participants that complete all 3 will earn a certificate of completion.

Microsoft Word Tables

Tuesday, March 5
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 Table of Contents and Index

Tuesday, March 12
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to create a Table of Contents and Index easily in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word Headers, Footers and Breaks

Tuesday, March 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. Change page number styles. Additionally, learn how and why to enter section breaks and page breaks. Finally, understand how to change text to multiple columns.

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Typing 101 (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Wednesday, March 8
10:00 am - 11:15 am

Get started with touch typing in this one-hour and fifteen-minute workshop. 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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Computer Basics (In-person)

Carnegie Library of Homestead, 510 E 10th Avenue Munhall, PA 15120
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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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Introduction to Windows (In-Person)

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Gain an overview of Windows, an operating system used by many companies. Explore settings and navigate Windows to perform essential tasks, like storing files, moving files, and keeping your computer organized. Learners may 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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QR Code Workshop (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Thursday, March 7
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 21
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn about QR codes, how to scan them, and how to easily create them on your phone and computer. QR codes are a free and easy marketing tool for your business. Additionally, learn about QR code safety.

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Resume Revamp (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Monday, March 11
10:00 am - 12:00 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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Gmail (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Monday, March 11
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Sign Up 

Creating a Digital Business Card (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Thursday, March 14
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Wednesday, March 20
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

In this one hour and fifteen minute workshop, learn how to create a free digital business card using the Blinq app.

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Email Etiquette (Virtual)

Online via Zoom
Monday, March 18
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn best practices for emailing based on audience – business, job-seeking, and personal. Write clear and concise professional emails. Create a positive impression and communicate effectively.

Sign Up 

Resume Revamp (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Monday, March 18
2:30 pm - 4:30 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). 

Sign Up 

Computer Basics (In-person)

Whitehall Public Library, 100 Borough Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Mondays, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Sign Up 

Effective Online Searches (Virtual) 

Online via Zoom
Monday, March 25
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Improve your web-searching to help you find the most accurate, up-to-date, and reliable information. Practice evaluating websites to see if it is relevant to your needs, reliable, biased or unbiased. Learn ways to judge a website including its domain, reputation, how up-to-date it is, and how to cross-check information.  

Sign Up 

Typing 101 (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, March 26
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Get started with touch typing in this one-hour and fifteen-minute workshop. 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.

Sign Up 

QR Code Workshop (In-person)

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, March 26
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about QR codes, how to scan them, and how to easily create them on your phone and computer. QR codes are a free and easy marketing tool for your business. Additionally, learn about QR code safety.

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Computer Lab (In-person) 

Literacy Pittsburgh, 411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 525, Pittsburgh, PA 
Mondays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PA CareerLink®, 914 Penn Avenue, Sixth Floor
Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Wilkinsburg EARN 221 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Wednesday, March 13
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Human Services Center Mon Valley, 519 Penn Ave, Turtle Creek, PA 15145
Mondays, March 25
10:00 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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