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Computer Centers

The Pratt Centers for Technology Training (PCTT) and the Public Computer Center at the Central Library offer FREE classes on computer use and software applications geared toward people with little to no computer experience. Classes for intermediate and advanced users are offered as well. The locations are: Central Library, Northwood, Orleans Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast Anchor Library and Walbrook.

 All computers at the Training Centers run on the Windows 7 Operating System. The ‘Mavis Beacon’ typing tutorial program and the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite are available on computers at all locations. When classes are not in session, the Computer Centers are open for public use and practice by students:

  • Central Library (The Public Computer Center has computers available for research such as finding jobs, creating resumes, completing assignments and much more! There are 32 computers available. Computers can be reserved for 2 or 4 hours, depending on which computer is reserved.) One computer is wheelchair accessible.
     
  • computer room peopleNorthwood Branch Library  (8 computers; 1 hour time slot)
     
  • Orleans Street Branch Library (24 computers, 1, 2 and 4 hour time slots available)
    All computers are wheelchair accessible; one workstation has ZoomText software which magnifies the screen image for people with visual disabilities and a voice component so that the pace can be read to them.
      
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Branch Library (12 computers, 2 designated Job Search Only; 1 hour time slot)
      
  • Southeast Anchor Library (24 computers, 1, 2 and 4 hour time slots available)
    All computers are wheelchair accessible; one workstation has ZoomText software which magnifies the screen image for people with visual disabilities and a voice component so that the pace can be read to them.

  • Walbrook Branch Library (12 computers, 1 hour time slots designated for computer class students and for job search. 

Basic classes offered (2 hours per class) a six-week series taught at the Northwood, Orleans Street, Pennsylvania Avenue and Southeast Anchor Library. (class schedule) A certification of completion will be issued to all participants who complete all six classes in this series.

  • ABCs of the PC
  • Skill Builders' Workshop
  • Introduction to Computers and Windows
  • Microsoft Word – Part 1
  • Microsoft Word - Part 2
  • Introduction to the Internetcomputer mouse
Classes offered at all PCTT locations:
ABCs of the PC
E-Mail  Beyond the Basics
Google Drive (Docs)
Google Calendar
Introduction to Computers and Windows
Introduction to the Internet
Intro to Internet Security
Microsoft Excel 2010
Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Word 2010Graphics
Skill Builders' Workshop

The following classes are offered at the Orleans Street Branch Library and the Southeast Anchor Library.

  • Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Advanced Microsoft Word 2010
  • Keyboarding/Computer and Office Applications
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010
  • SeniorTec (55 and Older)

The following classes are only offered at the Orleans Street Branch Library.

  • Help for Homeschoolers'
  • Six-Week Kids Summer Computer Camp

Computer classes are offered year round at the Central Library, in the Public Computer Center, on topics like basic computer skills, Microsoft Office applications, Internet skills, and more.
 

 

Pratt Center for Technology Training - Brief Course Descriptions

ABCs of the PC, (2 hrs.)

Learn the basic steps to starting up and working within your personal computer (PC). Learn to use your mouse to perform various tasks on your PC along with easy to follow practice exercises.

Career Building:  Job Search, (2 hrs.)

Fill  out application online. Search poplar web sites for job postings.

Career Building: Resume Writing, (2 hrs.)

Create a basic resume using online resources and the Microsoft Word 2010 resume templates.

E-Mail Beyond the Basics, (2 session class; 2 hrs. per class)

Using Google, create an email account. Compose, send and receive messages, send attachments, create folders and much more.

Google Calendar, (2 hrs.)

Create calendars personal and business. Share events online.

Google Drive (Docs), (2 hrs.)

Create basic documents using Google. Share documents online with others.

Introduction to Computers & Windows, (2 hrs)
This basic course covers parts of the PC, a tour of Windows operating system, including launching programs and a demonstration of simple tasks.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010  Part 1 & 2 (2 session class; 2 hrs per class)
Spreadsheet basics using the Microsoft Excel program, including entering information into a spreadsheet, creating simple formulas, and modifying a spreadsheet's appearance.  Additional skills and tips for the Microsoft Excel program, including entering formulas and creating charts. 

Introduction to the Internet, (2 hrs)
An explanation and demonstration of the Internet and World Wide Web.
Introduction to Internet Security, (2 hrs.)
Discussion on the types of Internet Security, the role and types of firewalls, malicious software and antiviruses.

using a keyboardIntroduction to Microsoft Word 2010  Part 1 & 2, (2 session class; 2 hrs per class)
Word processing basics using Microsoft Word, including creating and saving documents, and modifying their appearance. 

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 - Graphics, (2 hrs)

Using Word 2010, learn to insert pictures, ClipArt, Shapes and SmartArt graphics. Use WordArt to insert decorative text.
Word processing basics using Microsoft Word, including creating and saving documents, and modifying their appearance. 

Keyboarding/Computer and Office Applications, (12 session class; 2 hours per class) 

Develop and enhance (Touch Method) keyboarding skill sets, identify and type different letter styles, change margins/tabs, setting, create mail merge projects and more...

Microsoft Excel 2010 - Advanced Part 1 & 2, (2 session class; 3 hrs. per class)

Create data list, freeze window panes, hide data within columns and rows and manage data in non-contiguous cells.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010,  (2 session class; 3 hrs. per class)

Create custom presentations for work or personal use. Insert text, tables, WordArt, ClipArt, pictures and AutoShapes. 

Microsoft Publisher 2010 [Desktop Publishing], (2 sessions; 3 hrs. per class)

Create quick publications, calendars, newsletters, business and greeting cards. Insert text,

tables, WordArt, ClipArt, pictures and AutoShapes into your publications.

Microsoft Word 2010 - Advanced Part 1 & 2, (2 sessions; 3 hrs. per class)

Apply text styles, insert watermarks, wrap text around objects, create and run a Macro, insert Excel files, create forms and insert hyperlinks. 

SeniorTec [ 55 & Older ], (5 sessions; 2 hrs.per class)

You are never too old to learn. Learn basic mouse and word processing skills, create an

email account and learn basic email functions.

using a keyboard

Skill Builders Workshop, (2 hrs.)
This workshop helps to develop mouse skills, in addition to becoming acquainted with PC applications.

 


You must meet the following SKILL REQUIREMENTS before attending Word and Excel classes:

  • Skillfully use the mouse
  • Open, minimize, maximize, restore & close windows
  • Create, format, select, copy & edit text
  • Open icons and files
  • Know how to use the buttons on the standard & formatting toolbars

Call 443-984-4944 to register,  or go to the calendar page for class schedule and to register online. You must have an email address to register online.

 

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