Even if you consider yourself a computer expert, it's always good to learn new skills. The Detroit area has many places to take computer classes, whether you are beginning, just starting out or you can do HTML in your sleep. Here's a few of the best classes in the metro area.
New Horizons Computer Learning Center
2051 Rosa Parks Blvd., Suite 1B
Detroit, MI 48216
New Horizons has a variety of classes to fit your needs, ranging from basic Microsoft Word classes to more complicated topics like Access. Attendees can choose from classes taught by an instructor, "mentored" learning (one-on-one teaching time) or online classes. New Horizons can also train groups of employees if that is what a company is looking for. There are three locations, including one in Detroit proper and a few on the west side of the state as well. In January 2013, New Horizons offers classes pertaining to Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and more.
3666 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208
The Detroit Public Library's Douglass branch has both basic classes for its patrons as well as computer assistance. Computer assistance is generally offered on Mondays, and the library offers classes on Thursdays, though check the full library calendar to verify specific dates and times. Free parking is available on site. There are also open computer tutorials offered throughout the month where patrons can get one-on-one assistance or participate in small groups with an open question period.
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1355 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48238
Focus: HOPE will be starting classes soon on how to use the internet in order to educate oneself, obtain a job and communicate with others. After completing the classes, students will be able to get an affordable internet connection and also might be able to get assistance with purchasing a computer. Classes will take place in Focus: HOPE's new Family Learning Center and are free to those Detroit residents that live in the neighborhoods close to Focus: HOPE.
West Bloomfield Township Public Library - Main Branch
4600 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
The West Bloomfield library offers many different types of computer classes, all of which are free, although registration is required. Classes range from one-on-one tutoring, which can be set up with a tutor, to group classes. In the past, there have been classes on Pinterest, Keyboarding Basics and other specific internet sites and computer programs. All workshops take place in the Main Library Computer Lab and group classes usually occur in the afternoon or nighttime. Free parking is available in the lot in front of the library.
Troy Public Library
510 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
The Troy Public Library offers both beginning and intermediate classes in standard Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Most of the classes occur in two parts, the first at 10:15 a.m. and the second at 1:15 p.m. of the same day. The library asks that patrons who attend the first also attend the second class. For the beginner classes, some mouse and keyboarding skills are required, and for the intermediate classes, previous knowledge of said computer program is required. Free parking is available near the library's entrance.
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