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Top Spots For Computer Classes In Philadelphia

December 31, 2012 7:00 AM

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In today’s digital world, computers are an integral part of almost every American’s life. PCs, Macs and tablets enhance how everyone works, plays, learns and communicates with others around the globe. Whether you aim to bone up on basic skills or become versed in Word, Excel and HTML, there’s a course for you. Here are the top spots to take computer classes in Philadelphia.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Fox Chase Branch
501 Rhawn St.
Philadelphia, PA 19111
(215) 685-0547
www.freelibrary.org

Price: free

The Fox Chase Branch of the Philadelphia Public Library is the media mecca of computer classes for all levels of expertise, and the best thing is, classes are free. For the beginner, computer basics are taught every Tuesday in February from 10 a.m. to noon. Intermediate classes are held on Wednesdays in February at 7 p.m. A special Microsoft Word workshop is set for Jan. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, when participants can create individual resumes. In addition, a social media workshop, focusing on how to use Facebook and Twitter, is available Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited for all classes, so reserve a spot early.

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Urban Affairs Coalition Keyspot
1207 Chestnut St., 4th Floor Computer Lab
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 851-1784
www.uac.org

Price: free

Everyone is welcome to take advantage of free computer classes and Internet access at more than 70 public neighborhood Keyspot centers in Philadelphia. Keyspot offers a host of training programs, including basic skills, social networking and Microsoft Word. One-on-one training sessions are even available for those wishing to learn Excel and PowerPoint.

Philadelphia FIGHT
1233 Locust St., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 985-4448
www.fight.org

Price: free

Philadelphia FIGHT’s Critical Path Project is a low-income advocacy group offering free Internet access and a slew of digital literacy classes. While the group focuses on the disadvantaged, everyone is welcome to use its computer center. Workshops commonly run two to three hours and include basic topics such as buying a computer, how to connect to the Internet, and caring for your equipment. Higher level training classes meet for four or more days. Topics range from social media, blogging and using the computer in the workforce to Microsoft Word and digital storytelling.

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 751-8010
www.ccp.edu

Price: $540 per three-credit course

If you’re looking for a solid base on which to find employment in the modern workforce, then community college may be the way to go. Community College of Philadelphia offers a two-year information technology degree that is a direct path to a career in the field. Students learn everything from PC operating systems and networking to computer programming and data management systems. Not only can you create your own schedule, but by taking 12 or more credits, you may qualify for financial aid.

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New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
1617 John F Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1260
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(610) 270-8700
www.nhphilly.com

Price: $395 to $2,710 per class

New Horizons of Philadelphia is the leading independent IT training business in the City of Brotherly Love. Developed for serious career-minded techies, certified instructors keep students on their toes by delivering a complete range of technology classes for both budding and experienced computer specialists. New Horizon’s broad collection of courses includes web security, web design, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Java, HTML and scores more. Classes run from one to five days in length.

Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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