Basic foundation in computer skills offered by Feleti Barstow Public Library
Adults interested in taking basic computer classes are invited to participate in one of three classes set to take place at the Feleti Barstow Public Library for the next three months.
The Library’s systems administrator, Loring Faiivae, told Samoa News yesterday that the classes target adults who have never had a good foundation in basic computer use, as well as those those with no computer knowledge or experience.
Classes will include lessons on hardware and will touch on understanding other areas such as programs and software. Participants will be introduced to Microsoft Word and learn how to use the internet to search for information. In addition, they will be taught how to set up and use an email account.
Registration is open and costs $5. Interested adults must register in person at the Library.
Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, signifying their accomplishment. Just as importantly, they will be able to enjoy their newfound skills to communicate with others, and potentially even land a new job.
Basic computer classes for adults are offered throughout the year. Classes for teens and youth are usually held in the summer.
When asked about the goal of the programs, Faiivae said the Feleti Barstow Public Library aims to provide a service that can educate people and keep them up to date with technology.
He said some people who have taken the class have expressed their appreciation for the lessons, as they don’t have time to take a full-on computer course at the college.
“These classes serve as a good foundation for adults who want to learn more about computers and their use,” Faiivae said, adding that some of the adults who went through the course were able to move on and secure jobs, thanks to the computer knowledge they gained from the computer classes.
In addition to finding jobs, Faiivae happily reported that some previous participants have expressed their joy, as they are now able to keep in touch and communicate with families and friends off-island via email— something that is taught during the classes.
The average class size is between 10-15 people and the oldest person to ever take the course was 70 years old (a few years ago). According to Faiivae, the most recent computer class he taught included a retired military man in his 60s.
The first class will be held from Oct. 21-Nov. 1, followed by the second class set to start on Nov. 12 and end Nov. 22.
The final computer class for this year will run from Dec. 2 - Dec. 13
All classes will be held daily from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
More information can be obtained by contacting the Feleti Barstow Public Library at 633-5816.
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