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Build your computer skills with free classes at the Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library is now offering free computer classes through Northstar Digital Literacy to help adults build the skills needed in today’s workplace. “In today’s day and age, it’s a huge disadvantage not to have basic computer know-how when you’re looking for a job,” said programming director TJ DeWitt. “Employers expect basic computer skills like Word and Excel, even for entry-level positions.”

PowerPoint class meets each Tuesday from 1:00-2:30 PM
Internet Basics class meets each Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 PM
One-on-one computer trainings are available by appointment

Bristol Library is using the Northstar Digital Literacy program to offer both self- guided modules and in-person lessons every Tuesday. Northstar includes lessons on Internet and computer basics, Microsoft software (such as PowerPoint and Excel), and social media.

Anyone can sign-up to access self-paced learning modules and take the tests online at bit.ly/NorthstarBPL . After completing each test, the user can see which skills they have mastered and which need improvement. “The modules are based on essential computer competency benchmarks picked out by teachers, business representative, and nonprofits,” said DeWitt. “This helps make sure our classes are teaching people the exact skills they’re going to need in the workplace.”

To earn an official certificate for any of the modules, students must have the tests proctored at the Bristol Library in the Jones Creativity Center. Students can schedule a test to be proctored at their own convenience during Jones Creativity Center operating hours.

To learn more, contact the Bristol Public Library’s Jones Creativity Center at jcc@bristol-library.org or (276) 645-8790.