Are you interested in learning the most important and commonly used aspects of operating a computer? Goodwill’s free Computer Essentials training course is a three-day workshop that covers an introduction to computers, how to navigate a computer and its programs, and how to effectively use the internet.

Upcoming Training Dates

Registration Period Training Dates
December 31 – January 15 January 25 – 27
January 16 – January 30 February 8 – 10
January 31 – February 15 February 22 – 24

Course Format

Goodwill’s Computer Essentials training course lasts three days. Class meets in-person from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus on the dates listed above. Additionally, there is optional lab time available from 1 – 3 p.m. on the first day of class.

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Intro to Computers
    • Are you new to using computers? Do you wonder what people mean when they say the Cloud, Windows or apps? Perhaps you just want to know more about how computers work. This first module covers the parts and proper use of a computer. During the instructor-led portion, participants will learn basic computer tasks, like navigating the computer, working with the desktop, utilizing the taskbar and more. After that portion, participants will have the opportunity to utilize Goodwill University’s computer lab to access a variety of tutorial games that will provide hands-on training in keyboarding and mouse manipulation.
  • Module 2: Navigating a Computer
    • Have you ever wondered what makes a computer operate or asked the questions “How does a computer know what to do, and when to do it?” or “What application do I need to use to create a resume or my household budget?” Then, this is the perfect module for you. We’ll teach you the functions of the operating system, how to access different applications, where to store files and pictures, and much more.
  • Module 3: Internet Basics
    • Would you like to be more efficient in using the internet, or even just getting to the internet? Maybe you want to learn more about internet safety, searching for information, or the difference between a webpage and a website. This workshop will teach you about web browsers, the different parts of an internet window, how to navigate a webpage, how to search for information and evaluate results, internet safety, and much more.

Certification Opportunities

If you successfully complete all three modules in Goodwill’s Computer Essentials course, you’ll receive a Computer Essentials Certificate of Completion from Goodwill University.


There are no prerequisites required to take the Computer Essentials training course.

Job Search Support

As a participant in one of Goodwill’s training courses, you’ll have access to a Career Navigator who can help you with your resume and interview skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with our Employer Engagement Team, who can help you find and secure employment.

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