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Our church is considering offering a basic computer skills class (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint) using some donated computers/software. We have a few single parents in our neighborhood that have expressed interest. I could also see some of our older members participating. I am curious if any other church has done this and I'm looking for suggestions on software/tutorials that could be used. Thanks.


I don't know about software/tutorials but I did learn about some free training that is available on-line from (Sioux Hudson Literacy Council) 1-866-550-0697  I learned this from the Employment Resource Centre at the Community Support Centre of Haldimand-Norfolk (Ontario).  Courses are offered re email, facebook, blogging, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and several Self Management/Self Directioons courses such as:  Self Confidence & Self Esteem, Self Defeating Behaviours, Communications, Time Management...etc.  You do have to register ahead for certain time slots (which are limited) but it is free.

St. Leonard's Community Services - will help with computer skills by appointment - and they might have advise about how to offer your own program.  Their Caledonia # (905) 765-6745, Hagersville 905 768-0111


As a fellow church member, I'm really excited about the idea of offering basic computer skills classes to the community. 

Jacob Steiger, you're doing a fantastic job bringing this idea forward! My advice to you is to start with user-friendly software that caters to beginners. Microsoft Office suite (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) is an excellent choice, given its widespread use and relevance in both personal and professional settings.

For tutorials, I highly recommend checking out online platforms like LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, or even YouTube. These platforms offer comprehensive courses on Microsoft Office applications tailored to different skill levels. Additionally, there might be local computer training centers or tech-savvy volunteers within the congregation who could lend their expertise.

Remember, the key is to create a supportive and friendly environment where participants can feel comfortable asking questions and learning at their own pace. 

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