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Computer Training Opportunities

Columbus Metropolitan Library
The Columbus Library provides basic computer training programs, free of charge, at many of the branch locations.  For details on the programs call 614/645-2275 or go to http://www.columbuslibrary.org  Also visit your local library for more information.

Columbus State Community College
Columbus State’s Workforce Development Center provides (non-credit) computer courses to help you learn the basics of using a computer (word processing, email, internet).  Course cost: $55.  To register call 614/287-5858 or email cewdreg@cscc.edu   http://www.cscc.edu/workforce/langinst/basic-english.shtml  

Computer Gnome
Specializing in comprehensive, one-to-one training, with manuals ($39/hour).  The Computer Gnome can help you with those critical workplace skills!  Details at www.computer-gnome.com

COWIC/OhioMeansJobs
For Basic Computer Literacy Skills Training in Windows, Word and Excel.  To register, call 614/294-5181.  Details available at www.cowic.org     

Godman Guild
The Godman Guild’s Employment Programs includes computer classes offered in partnership with The Ohio State University’s Extension Office.  For information on the classes and dates/times, contact the Godman Guild’s Economic Development staff at 614/294-5476.

Goodwill Columbus
Find many programs at Goodwill Columbus to help in your job search.  Check out Introduction to Computers, a four-week course which includes Windows, computer concepts, Internet/email, typing and 10-keypad.  Or a four week course which teaches typing and the 10-keypad.  For program details go to http://www.goodwillcolumbus.org/job-training/services-offered/employment-skills-training/ or call 614/294-5181

Groundwork Group
Groundwork Group is a nonprofit organization that provides technology services and programs.  They have computer training programs which range from basic to advanced levels in Word, Mail Merge, Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and more.  There is a cost for each course, however, registered EFS Clients can take the courses at the non-profit level.  For details call 614/583-0449 or go to http://www.groundworkgroup.org/services/education/columbus-education/classes-columbus/

Per Scholas
Per Scholas is a non-profit IT Training and placement organization focused on serving the unemployed and underemployed community and getting individuals back into the workforce with a CompTIA A+ certification.  Per Scholas headquarters are located in NY with offices across the country, including Columbus.  If you are interested please contact the Per Scholas office at 614/824-4777 or email to eharned@perscholas.org   Learn more at www.perscholas.org

Apache OpenOffice (Free Software)
It can be difficult to have up-to-date software on your computer due to cost.  There is a site that provides free software, www.openoffice.org  This software is a viable alternative to more expensive programs, however, it is not the leading brand names.  Check it out so that you can keep up with current technology!