From touch screen monitors to smart phones to handheld tablet devices, technology and, most importantly, computer systems have inherently become a part of everyday life. While most jobs do not require a level of proficiency with the ancillary technology devices, being somewhat computer savvy has become a minimum requirement. For those in need of computer training but at an affordable price, the DFW area offers these resources to help you keep up.
Dallas Public Library
Pleasant Grove Branch Library
7310 Lake June Road
Dallas, TX 75217
Taking basic-level computer classes at any of the Dallas Public Library branches is an affordable and viable option for those individuals who desire step-by-step training on the fundamental essentials of computer usage. Specifically, the Pleasant Grove library offers Oasis Connection classes for seniors who require education pertaining to the use of the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint demonstrations, resume building, job searches and social media networks, just to name a few. Oasis Connection classes are specifically designed and tailored to residents aged 50 years and older with demonstrations being more hands-on and attentive to the needs of the senior community. More important to note is that the Dallas Public Library also offers computer classes that will cater to the needs of Spanish-speaking individuals seeking similar training.
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
150 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75039
Price: from $275
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers holds offices in both the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Offering courses on basic software such as Microsoft Office and Windows is just the beginning for this top-notch company. With certified professionals handling the instruction at this institution, New Horizons is undoubtedly one of the best places in the DFW metroplex for computer training. In addition to honing in on fundamental computer abilities, New Horizons also offers classes in the areas of server systems, Adobe portable document formatting, Microsoft Visual Studio and other business skills courses. For those in search of a broad range of technology curriculum spanning from beginner level to advanced, New Horizons is an option that can meet any need.
Fort Worth Public Library
500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305
Centrally located at the heart of downtown Fort Worth, the Central Library offers computer classes to service multiple levels of computer expertise. Take a basic introduction course to the use of computers that teaches registrants how to operate a mouse and computer keyboard. For those beyond this level, enjoy courses providing instruction on the history of the Internet, how to use and navigate through e-mail, and how to create and edit documents and spreadsheets in both Microsoft Word and Excel programs. Registration for the Central Library classes are limited to 25 participants, so early registration is highly encouraged. Classes are also offered in Spanish.
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Beacon Training Services
6757 Arapaho Road
Dallas, TX 75248-4005
Price: from $200
Beacon Training Services is an excellent choice for those individuals not only seeking basic computer training but for those with a desire to pursue a more centralized focus on software programming. Beacon Training Services offers more than 1,300 courses to choose from available in either in-class instruction formats or online digitally. Java, C++ and C programming are just the tip of the iceberg for this wholly woman-owned IT enterprise. Professional development in the areas of advanced DHTML and HTML5 are also available at Beacon Training Services. For a one-stop shop on all computer and IT classes, Beacon Training Services is well worth the investment.
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243
Price: $52 for credit/free for non-credit, free
Richland College recognizes the ever-growing necessity in developing the computer skills within the senior community in a rapidly advancing society. With Richland College’s Emeritus Program, individuals aged 50 years or older have access to limitless options in the area of developing computer competency. From the ABCs to usage of the computer to digital imaging courses and Photoshop instruction, the Emeritus Program assists older adults in Dallas with learning modern technology. The Emeritus Program also offers free training and lectures at select Dallas-area retirement communities.
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