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FREE COMPUTER TRAINING COURSES!

Preregistration is now open for our Spring 2021 IC3 session. This session will run from April 26 through June 24. To apply, fill out the pregistration form.

The Plainfield Public Library has a variety of training options to fit your skill-level and availability that you can access for free. Because this program is primarily funded through a New Jersey Labor and Workforce Development Grant, Plainfield residency is not required.

Our experienced instructors will:

  • Present real time webinar based instruction targeting specific concepts
  • Provide live online support sessions
  • Connect you with appropriate online content through the Library’s training resources

There is an option for you!

IC3 and MOS Training and Certification Bootcamps
Show employers you have the skills they need. Offering both an intensive 4 day a week and an abridged evening Saturday program, our live classes will train you to get your IC3 Computer Fundamentals Certification and prepare you for Microsoft Office Specialist testing.

We offer two different programs:

  • IC3 Day Program: 8-10 weeks @ 20hr/week-an intensive 4-day weekly course.
  • IC3 Evening/Saturday Program: 10 weeks @ 10hr/week-two evenings a week and Saturdays. This is a shortened version of the class and will focus on the Computer Fundamentals module from the IC3 Boot Camp for certification..

Workshops
We understand that you may not be able to commit 10-20 hours a week. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a series of smaller workshops covering essential computing skills. Please check our workshops heading for more information.

Open Lab
Need help with some computer basics or our course materials? We have live, online support available in our Open Lab!

Self-Directed Learning Resources
Finally, you always have the option to work at your own pace and on your own schedule with the library's self-directed training resources.

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GETTING STARTED

Requirements

  • Unless otherwise mentioned, live workshop sessions will be 1.5 hours long. Self-paced material in the blended classes may require 4-6 hours of additional time per week.
  • Live online workshops make use of the GoToTraining platform. A computer with an internet connection and audio or phone will be required to participate in GoToTraining sessions. More details: Technical Requirements
  • A computer with internet connection and audio, and Plainfield Public Library card will be required to complete self-paced material. Library cards can be requested online.
  • Some workshops will require students to sign up for free Gmail and/or Office accounts to practice.

Not from Plainfield? Not a problem! Check out our FAQs or email us at training@plfdpl.info.

How To Register
Click on the workshop in the calendar and fill out the web form. You will receive an email with the link to attend class and instructions to set up your computer for GoToTraining. Note: Some workshops require a minimum number of registrations; you will receive an email if a workshop is canceled for any reason. Please keep an eye on your spam/junk folder for the invitation link.

Questions?
Email training@plfdpl.info

 


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Online Training Calendar


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IC3 and MOS: Certification & Training

The Plainfield Public Library Digital Literacy Department now offers both day and evening IC3 Boot Camp programs to better accommodate the public.The classes are taught in an online environment and students can learn from the comfort of their homes. 

Preregistration is now open for our Spring 2021 IC3 session. This session will run from April 26 through June 24. To apply, fill out the pregistration form.

  • IC3 Day Program: 8-10 weeks @ 20hr/week, Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm
  • IC3 Evening/Saturday Program*: 10 weeks @ 10hr/week, Monday & Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm plus Saturday 10am-12pm.

*IC3 Evening/Saturday Program is a shortened version of the class and will focus on the Computer Fundamentals module from the IC3 Boot Camp for certification.

COURSES & TESTING FEES ARE COVERED BY NJLWD AND THE UNION COUNTY WDB.

How To Register
Interested? Fill out the preregistration form.

Requirements
NJ Residency, hometown library card, mouse and keyboard experience.

Course Outline

IC3 Day Program: 8-10 weeks @ 20hr/week, Monday-Thursday 10am-3pm

Week 1:

Intake and Workshops

  • Getting started with GoToTraining, IC3 Orientation, GMetrix, and Placement Testing
  • Office Online/OneDrive, Computer Basics, Testing and Troubleshooting
  • Gmail, Google Suite
  • Resumes and Interviewing Skills

Weeks 2-10:

Instruction and Testing

  • 10 hours of instruction with the students responsible for making up at least 10 hours on homework       
  • Online assignments
  • Two simultaneous 20 hr. a week tracks, 101 and 201 classes
  • 101 - Lowest scoring on placement test – Aim to  complete Spark and IC3 
  • 201 -  Highest  Scoring on  placement test -  Aim to complete Spark, IC3, and at least 1 Microsoft Certification

IC3 Evening/Saturday Program: 10 weeks @ 10hr/week, Monday & Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday 10am-12pm

Week 1:

Intake and Orientation

  • Getting started with GoToTraining, IC3 Orientation, GMetrix, and Placement Testing.
  • Computer Basics, Testing and Troubleshooting

Weeks 2-10:

Instruction and Testing

  • Computer Fundamentals, Lessons 1 – 7
  • 6 hours of instruction with the students responsible for extra hours on homework       
  • Online assignments
  • Certification/Testing

Certifications
As part of a NJ Department of Labor grant the Library is offering preparation and testing assistance for the GED, IC3, and MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) exams*. 

*Testing fees covered
*Plainfield residency not required

For more information please call 908-757-1111 x123 or email training@plfdpl.info.

 

 


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Workshops

How To Register
Click on the workshop in the calendar and fill out the web form. You will receive an email with the link to attend class and instructions to set up your computer for GoToTraining. Note: Some workshops require a minimum number of registrations; you will receive an email if a workshop is canceled for any reason. Please keep an eye on your spam/junk folder for the invitation link.

Available Courses

Computer Basics & Finding Your Way around the Browser
(1 90 minute session)
In this course, you will practice using the mouse and the keyboard, review cut, copy and paste functions, selecting content on the screen, opening and closing files and programs, and accessing a web page via its address in a web browser. Students will be familiar with the Minimize, Maximize/Restore Down, and Close. Using the Browser, you will learn to enter a simple web page address into the address bar of a web browser to reach the page.

Email Services & Email Client Configuration
(1 90 minute session)
Learn to use the everyday features of different email providers. We will discuss what having an email means, create an email account and later configure our Windows 10 built-in email client to handle multiple email accounts. Discussion of more advanced features will be discussed. You must already know how to send an email in order to take this workshop.

Gmail Basics
(1 90 minute session)
Using a Gmail account created for the class, students will review basics of email management, including send and reply, attaching files, and email organization. Students will explore folders, email threading, sorting and searching email, and be introduced to managing subscriptions, and sent, draft, spam and trash folders.

Intro to Distance Learning - Do you have what it takes?
(1 session, 2 hours)
In this 2-hour session we will interact with you to help understand what resources you have available such as laptops, desktops and mobile devices.

  • Learn if you have the required equipment for virtual classes/trainings
  • Get help with tech-oriented suggestions – does your equipment/internet meet the requirements?
  • Discover tools such as Skype, Zoom, GoToTraining, etc.
  • Prepare to confront hardware and software situations that can make or break attending/ participating in a workshop with a simple to follow Troubleshooting Guide
  • Find online tools to help you be self-sufficient

Introduction to Google Suite
(2 90 minute sessions)
Using the Gmail account created for the class, students will become familiar with the basic features of Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Calendar, and take a look at the Google Account settings. Students will upload and download files from Google Drive and look at shared folders and files. They will create and share a document in Google Drive and collaboratively edit a shared document. They will also be introduced to shared Google Calendar.

Introduction to the Library’s Online Learning Options
(1 session, 1 hour)
A one-hour tour of the various online learning opportunities the Plainfield Library offers. Plainfield Library card is required for many of these services.

MS Excel 2016/Online - The Essentials
(3 two-hour sessions)
Blended learning: live distance instruction and use of self-paced computer video instruction modules on Knowledge City. In this course, you will learn how to create, edit and format spreadsheets. Students will practice in (free) Excel online – Office 2016/365 is not required. You will also learn to graphically represent your data with charts and graphs, review the features of pivot tables and learn how to calculate data with formulas. We will review worksheet / workbook properties and how to control the page setup and appearance of a spreadsheet.

MS PowerPoint 2016/Online - The Essentials
(2 two-hour sessions)
Blended learning: live distance instruction and use of self-paced computer video instruction modules on Knowledge City. In this course, you will learn how to create presentations from scratch or a template and add text, images, art, and videos. Students will practice in (free) PowerPoint online – Office 2016/365 is not required. You will learn how to add transitions, animations, and motion for a dynamic presentation. We will review presentation properties and how to control the page setup and appearance of a presentation. You will learn to use One Drive / Google Drive to get to your presentations from your computer, tablet, or phone and share and work with others.

MS Word 2016/Online - The Essentials
(3 two-hour sessions)
Blended learning: live distance instruction and use of self-paced computer video instruction modules on Knowledge City. In this course, you will learn how to; create and edit simple documents; format documents; add tables and lists; add design elements and layout options. Students will practice in (free) Word online – Office 2016/365 is not required. We will also explore creating templates and sharing documents online. We will review spelling and grammar checks, understanding document properties and how to control the page setup and appearance of a document.

Windows/Mac Tips & Tricks
(1 90 minute session)
In this workshop, we will go through different tips and tricks we can do with our computers that can make navigating and finding things much easier. We will also go through some optimization techniques, to make the best out of your computer.

 


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OPEN LAB SESSIONS

How To Register
Click on the workshop in the calendar and fill out the web form. You will receive an email with the link to attend class and instructions to set up your computer for GoToTraining. Note: Some workshops require a minimum number of registrations; you will receive an email if a workshop is canceled for any reason. Please keep an eye on your spam/junk folder for the invitation link.

Open Tech-Support Session (Drop-in sessions)
Customized tech support session for services, applications and topics related to our online course discussions.

Sample support sessions. Note: multiple participants may join in.

  • Setting up Rosetta Stone (Mobile & PC)
  • Questions about Anti-Virus
  • Creating a Microsoft Account
  • Finding Documents

 


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SELF-GUIDED TRAINING

Even if your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend classes, the Library has free self-directed options you can use to learn new computer skills.

The Library offers FREE online computer training via our Online Databases. (Downloadable Guide)

The Skill Surfer provides outlines for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and some computer languages. Live help is available 2-11PM, 7 days per week.

Go to BrainFuse's Help Now Enter your library card number, then click on SkillSurfer, then Computer Technology.



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Knowledge City has video lessons followed by an online test for Computer Basics, Microsoft Office, Operating Systems, and Adobe Creative Cloud among others.

Click on the Knowledge City Logo, then on Computer Courses to see your options.

Learning Express Library’s Computer Skills Center offers video lessons to help you:

  • Get Started with Your Computer
  • Get Started with the Internet
  • Popular Software Tools
  • (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Learn Computer Graphics and Illustration
  • Operating Systems

Go to Learning Express Library, click on Computer Skills Center, and find the lesson you want to try. Click on Sign in or Register; choose Register and follow instructions to create an account. (Be sure to keep track of the username and password you create!)

Looking for more specialized training? Skillshare offers a wide variety of video based trainings!

Due to high value, the library's Skillshare access is allotted on a month-to-month basis. Use this form to request access. When you are approved, you will be emailed a link and login instructions.

Other Free Computer Training Resources the Library Recommends
  • GCF LearnFree Technology
    This resource combines lessons including text, videos, and even interactive practice to learn computer and internet basics.
  • Khan Academy
    The Khan Academy's free online learning modules (with videos and self-tests!) allow you to master a wide variety of computing topics, including computer science. Try How Computers Work and Internet 101 to get started
    !
Job Search Assistance

The Library provides a variety of Job Search resources including a LIVE chat option with a team member (including an option for Spanish speakers).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I forgot my PIN?
If you do not remember your PIN code (necessary for access to some services) and wish to reset it, please click on the "Your Library Card" link on the top right-hand corner of any page on the Library's website and select the red "Forgot my PIN" option.

How do I get a Plainfield Library card?
The computer resources used in our current classes are accessible to anyone with card from their NJ home library. If you live in Plainfield and do not have a library card or have lost your existing card, please fill out this form to request a card number that will provide access to our online services. If you do not live in Plainfield please request a a Library card from your local Library instead.

I do not wish to disclose my information to department of labor, would I be able to attend the class anyway?
In short, no. To keep these programs 100% free to the public, a large portion of the funding comes through a New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development grant. Providing that information to them is required to be compliant with funding conditions. The information disclosed is minimal. Please contact us to discuss this if you have concerns: training@plfdpl.info

Do I need Microsoft Office on my computer to join the workshops?
Depending on the class you may be required to use Office 2016 or Office Online (free). The IC3 class and some workshops whose description is related to Microsoft Office will require you to have Microsoft Office in order to get the most out of the Workshop.

I only have a tablet or a phone, can I participate in the online workshop?
You will be able to attend but your ability to partake in any activities will be limited to what your tablet can offer, thus making it difficult to understand or follow the lecture.

How Do I Register?
Click on the workshop in the calendar and fill out the web form. You will receive an email with the link to attend class and instructions to set up your computer for GoToTraining. Note: Some workshops require a minimum number of registrations; you will receive an email if a workshop is canceled for any reason. Please keep an eye on your spam/junk folder for the invitation link.

 


Click here to view the
Online Training Calendar


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GoToTraining System Check

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