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Computer Training and Resources

Computer Skills and Training

 

Centro Latino

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Centro Latino

1208 S. 10th St., Tacoma, WA 98405
Served by routes: Pierce Transit 28, 57, 102

Centro Latino is an organization that is grounded in the Latino community with a goal to build unity across all racial and economic sectors. Centro Latino gives the resources to  building computer literacy skills and receive an overview of STEM education.

Digital Equity Services:

  • Come and use the computers available at Centro Latino for basic computer training, job searching, and creating resumes.
  • Child and youth program service learning hours for youth to receive extra help with homework and academics.
  • Translation services from English to Spanish and Spanish to English.

Link: https://clatino.org/en/

 

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Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center

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Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center

714 S. 27th St., Tacoma, WA 98409

Administrative Center Location

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 3, 45, 48

 

Goodwill is a non-profit organization that connects people with jobs, services & skills they need.Goodwill provides digital equity through job readiness training and a digital literacy training program.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

https://www.goodwillwa.org/

 

Tacoma Community House

 

 

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Tacoma Community House

1314 S L St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 28,57

Tacoma Community House is a community-based service center providing opportunities focused on self-sufficiency to immigrants and community members in the Puget Sound region. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, students have access to new laptops and technology.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Intro to Computer Programming course (8-weeks).Click here for more information.

  • Basic Education for Adults program for improving computer skills.

  • TCH launched Pilot program, Project I-DEA, aims to increase digital, career and college readiness skills to adult English students.

  • Adult employment services are also provided by Tacoma Community House. Click here for more information.


Link:  http://www.tacomacommunityhouse.org/

Tacoma Community College

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Tacoma Community College

6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 1,2,10,16,28,52,53 Sound Transit ,595

Tacoma Community College is a community college that responds to student and community needs. TCC provides resources and services for students and Pierce County residents to improve computer literacy and skills.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

 

  • Adult Basic Skills Department classes to improve computer literacy and skills.
  • Computer access to students and community members.
  • Microsoft Imagine Academy free access to Microsoft software skill development. 
  • Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) Lab to improve computer skills. Click here for more information.

Link:  http://www.tacomacc.edu/

Bates Technical College

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Bates Technical College

1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 28,45,48,102

Bates Technical College is a vocational college institution that gives the tools for student learning and success. Through Microsoft training courses, BTC is aiming to provide digital equity to their community. Learn how to use Microsoft office and programs for employment opportunities.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Computer repair and service.

  • Computer access to students and community members.

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy free access for Microsoft software skill development. Click here for more information.


Link: http://www.bates.ctc.edu/

 

University of Washington Tacoma

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UW Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 1,2,41,42,63,102,400,500,501, Sound Transit 590,594, Link Light Rail, InterCity Transit 603,605,612

UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that aims to community needs and aspirations. UW Tacoma provides digital equity to students by offering computer lab access, software access and computer loans for course use.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Computer access to students and community members.

  • Laptop loan for students (72-hour).

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy free access for Microsoft software skill development. Click here for more information.


Link: http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/

Tacoma Public Libraries

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Tacoma Public Libraries

1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402

Hilltop Branch

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 28,45,102

Tacoma Public Libraries is an essential resource to residents of Tacoma that shares its resources and provided services to all community members. TPL provides digital equity to all community members of the city of Tacoma.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Computer and free Wi-Fi access to community members.

  • Bring your device (laptop, phone, or tablet) to learn new skills with the help of the librarians.

  • Lynda.com and Microsoft Imagine Academy free access for software skill development. Click here for more information.

  • Digital Media Labs provide Apple iMac, MacBook Pro Laptops, audio interfaces and a large number of digital equipment within the lab and for checkout for TPL community members. Click here for more information.

  • The library has a homework center for youth to receive help with academic work. Click here for more information.

  • Computer skills are also offered plus the help to search for jobs and careers.

Link:  https://www.tacomalibrary.org/

Clover Park Technical College

 

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Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Served by route: Pierce Transit 48

Clover Park Technical College is a vocational school that provide more than forty technical and educational programs. CPTC provides digital equity to the community by providing computer access and an array of software access to their students.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Computer access to students and community members such as library services, e-tutoring, and reference services. Click here for more information.

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy free access for Microsoft software skill development.

Link:  http://www.cptc.edu/

Pierce College

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Pierce College

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

Served by routes: Pierce Transit 212,214

Pierce College is a community college that provides quality educational opportunities. Pierce College provides digital equity to the community by providing computer access and an array of software access to their students.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Computer access to students and community members.

  • Microsoft Imagine Academy free access for Microsoft software skill development.

  • Pierce Works! Skills provides students with 50 hours of computer training to those receiving unemployment benefits or have received unemployment benefits in the last 48 months. Click here for more information.


Link:   https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/

Pierce County Library System

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Pierce County Library System

3005 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98446

Administrative Center & Library Location

Served by route: Pierce Transit ,4

Pierce County Library System has twenty locations and provides the Pierce County community with opportunities to learn. PCLS provides digital equity by providing access to computers and software to all Pierce County community members.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Computer and free Wi-Fi access to community members.

  • Series of free technology classes through Lynda.com and Microsoft Imagine Academy FREE access for computer and software skill development.

  • Pierce County Library offers FREE technology classes.

  • Online homework help for youth.



Link:  https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/services/online-services/online-classes/Default.htm

Lakewood Family YMCA

Lakewood Family YMCA

9715 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

Served by route: Pierce Transit, 202

The Lakewood Family YMCA is one of many YMCA organization locations which focus in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

 

Digital Equity Services:  

  • Supervised computer Lab for youth ages 8-18 where youth may use computers to complete homework projects, find jobs, explore robotics, coding, game design, photography and more.

Lakewood Family YMCA Website   


Other Locations in Pierce County:

YMCA Child Care

YMCA Center for Community Impact

University Y Student Center

Morgan Family YMCA

Tacoma Center YMCA

Digital Unite

Digital Unite

Digital Unite specialize in turning staff, residents and volunteers into effective Digital Champions – people who can stimulate the take up of online services and promote the confident and continued use of the internet.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Digital Guide to navigating online.

  • An online community to turn to for questions, advice, resources, etc.

Link:  https://www.digitalunite.com/guides

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online

Get Safe Online is a UK based resource that provides advice on how to protect you, your smartphone, tablet and your computer when you run into problems online, such as identity-theft, fraud, shopping, dating and more.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Provides advice on a large amount of online issues.

  • Works with law enforcement agencies for outreach activity and online customer safety.


Link:  https://www.getsafeonline.org

Microsoft YouthSpark

Microsoft YouthSpark

Microsoft takes action at the local, state, federal, and global levels to promote access to computer science education for all young people. With Microsoft YouthSpark, kids in schools and community centers around the world are introduced to technology as well as the basic learning skills to use a computer.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Computer and computing skills to work with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.


Link:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digital-skills/be-inspired

Stop. Think. Connect

Stop. Think. Connect

Stop.Think.Connect is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. They do this by increasing the awareness of cyber security, communicate approaches for individuals and families to stay safe online, as well as engage individuals and the public.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Create your own online profile.

  • Learn how to keep your computer clean and free of viruses.

Link:  https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-toolkit

Connect Safely

Connect Safely

ConnectSafely.org is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. With its safety tips, signature Parents’ Guides and Educator Guides, advice articles, news and commentary, the organization helps stakeholders be safer and more secure with connected technology while helping parents, educators and policy makers understand how young people are using technology.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Has tips and tricks for how to have a safe online presence and create strong usernames and passwords.

Link:  http://www.connectsafely.org/about-us/

Protect Seniors Online

Protect Seniors Online

This site informs seniors how to protect themselves online when it comes to their private information and user profiles. This site gives helpful tips on how to navigate the online world for seniors using computers and mobile devices.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Has useful links to tips and tricks on how to keep your accounts safe.

  • Gives advice on what not to do when you think you are being scammed.

Link:  https://www.protectseniorsonline.com/resources/

Stay Safe Online

Stay Safe Online

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Advocates for Free-flowing content.

  • Emphasizes multiple methods and platforms for communication.

  • Invests in trustworthy commerce.

  • Speaks out for widely available and highly reliable connectivity.


Link:  https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/

Lynda

Lynda

Lynda is a free online learning tool that provides professional, certified online courses that are available to all staff and students. This is a reference that many people use to update with software or skills needed for the work world. The online courses that are offered do not have the obligation of completion, but if they are completed certificates can be uploaded to one’s LinkedIn account.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Over 4,000 courses in personal and professional development, software tools and methodology.

  • Higher education study skills and many more subject areas.

  • The top 5 courses used are : Excel 2013, Word 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Outlook 2013, and the Foundation of Object Oriented Programming.


Link: https://5daysofdigitalliteracy.com/2017/03/09/lynda-com/

Alison

Alison

Alison is a learning tool that provides IT Basics, Internet, and Productivity Programs. Their goal of Digital Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Five Microsoft modules to offer a comprehensive course on computer basics, the internet, productivity programs, and computer security.


Link: https://alison.com/course/msdl-full

BBC Webwise

BBC Webwise

BBC Webwise provides a range of videos and written guides to help you get connected and develop the online skills to make the most of your mobile, tablet, computer, or interactive television.


Digital Equity Services:

  • Web access & Accessibility

  • Essential Online Tasks

  • Safety and Security

  • Family Online Safety

  • Rights & Responsibilities

  • Jobs & Work


Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/