Beginner Computer Training
Are you interested in learning to code, but you don’t feel confident in basic computer skills? Are you looking for a new job in another field and finding that you lack the necessary computer skills to apply? Students in CanCode Communities’ Beginner Computer Training course will have a wide range of experiences and competencies, ranging from those who have used a computer frequently in a professional environment to those who have rarely used a computer and feel very nervous about doing so. This class is intended to meet students wherever they are and help them achieve their own personal goals, whether that is entry into CanCode Communities’ workforce computer programming courses or other employment opportunities. The key to achieving digital literacy is differentiated learning, ensuring that each student is getting the skills they need and that they are able to move at their own pace. The course will cover basic computer usage skills, a survey of software usage including word processing and spreadsheet use, use and management of email, and using the web to conduct productive internet searches to find reliable information and learning tools.
Days/Times: This course meets two evenings per week. Occasional labs outside of classes will provide further opportunities for mentoring and networking.
Tuition: Free for individuals who are income qualified
Basic computer skills are in high demand in today’s digital world. In fact, basic computer skills have become a necessity for almost all types of jobs and industries.
Some fundamental computer skills that are commonly sought in job applicants include:
- Navigating operating systems such as Windows or macOS
- Using word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs
- Creating and managing spreadsheets in software like Microsoft Excel
- Sending and receiving emails using a web-based email client like Gmail or Outlook
Other basic computer skills that are in demand include familiarity with cloud storage platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive, using web browsers like Chrome or Firefox, and basic knowledge of internet security and privacy.
As more businesses move towards digitalization, even entry-level positions that were traditionally non-technical now require some basic computer skills. Therefore, individuals must develop and maintain basic computer skills to remain competitive in the job market.
What Are the Benefits of Taking CanCode’s Beginner Computer Training Course?
Our goal is to provide an enjoyable classroom experience. In addition, many of our students experience these benefits:
Improved employability: Employers are looking for candidates who are comfortable with technology and can use it to solve problems and streamline processes. Having basic computer skills on your resume can make you a more competitive candidate in the job market.
Increased productivity: Basic computer skills can help you work faster and more efficiently. With the right tools, you can quickly automate repetitive tasks, collaborate with colleagues in real-time, and access information and resources. This can help you get more done in less time, freeing up time for other important tasks.
Enhanced communication: With digital tools like email, instant messaging, and video conferencing, you can easily connect with people from all over the world and share information and ideas. This can help you build relationships and collaborate with others in meaningful ways.
Better decision-making: Knowing where to look for information and resources is fundamental to making better decisions. Accessing high-quality resources can also help you be a “self-starter” in your role. Businesses often seek people who can take the initiative and research solutions effectively.
Lifelong learning: Finally, digital literacy is a skill that can be developed and improved over time. As technology evolves, there will always be new tools and skills to learn. By developing your basic computer skills now, you can stay up to date with the latest trends and developments in your field and continue to learn and grow throughout your career.
What Kinds of Jobs Can I Get with Basic Computer Skills?
If you have a basic understanding of computers, word processing, and office management tools, there are a variety of entry-level jobs that you might consider. Here are a few examples:
Administrative Assistant: Administrative assistants support executives and managers in an office setting. They may be responsible for scheduling appointments, managing correspondence, and handling administrative tasks such as data entry and file management.
Customer Service Representative: Customer service representatives assist customers with questions or issues related to a product or service. They may be required to use computer systems to access customer information and resolve issues.
Data Entry Clerk: Data entry clerks are responsible for entering data into computer systems. They may need spreadsheet software or other tools to organize and manage data.
Receptionist: Receptionists are responsible for greeting visitors, answering phone calls, and providing basic information about an organization. They may also be required to perform administrative tasks such as data entry and file management.
Sales Associate: Sales associates are responsible for selling products or services to customers. They may be required to use computer systems to access inventory information and process sales transactions.
These entry-level jobs offer people opportunities to gain experience in various industries and develop their skills further.
* One of CanCode Communities’ objectives is to help create access to training for tech sector and tech adjacent careers. 92% of our students are provided tuition assistance which results in most of our students enrolling in their program for FREE. Learn more about our scholarships and assistance opportunities!