Free classes in basic computer
skills are being offered at the Idaho Department of Labor office, 1515 E.
Lincoln Road in Idaho Falls beginning Wednesday, July 26. Training is being
provided by the College of Eastern Idaho in conjunction with Labor.
“In today’s job market, basic
computer skills are imperative in order for job seekers to compete for any job.
Anyone who is unable to upload a resume and use email because they are not
familiar with how to use a computer will be at a severe disadvantage,” said
Labor Department regional manager Connie Gardner. “Without basic computer
knowledge you limit your job opportunities, but more importantly, you limit
your job seeking opportunities.”
Classes are scheduled for 9-11
a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Courses will be offered on an
ongoing basis with the course schedule repeating every four weeks. Each class
focuses on different aspects of computer usage including learning basic
computer skills, information literacy, Microsoft Word, Windows, email,
navigating the Web and social media. While each class is intended to stand
alone so people do not have to attend every class, some of the later classes
require additional knowledge.
- Basic computers: This class covers the basic operational
functions of a computer, such as using a mouse, keyboard shortcuts and
- Information Literacy: An introduction to general principles
regarding information literacy. Information literacy is finding the right
information and knowing how to use it.
- Microsoft Word: An introduction to the basics of using,
editing and creating documents in Microsoft Word.
- Windows: An introduction to the basics of using and
navigating within the Windows operating system.
- Email: An introduction to the basics of registering for and
using a Web-based email account, as well as safe email practices.
- World Wide Web and searches: An introduction to using the
World Wide Web, including how to navigate the web, using search engines
and staying safe online.
- Social media: An introduction to the social media platforms
of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, focusing on creating accounts, sharing
content and following smart social media practices.
Classes are free, but because
space is limited, people wanting to participate should register in advance by
calling the Idaho Falls office at (208) 557-2500. Details including class
descriptions and schedule can be found on the Idaho Department of Labor online