In today’s workplace, computer skills matter. Whether you want to learn the basics about online job searches or advance your knowledge about specific programs, there’s no better way to invest in yourself than by updating your technical computer skills with our free training classes. Attend one of Goodwill’s hands-on, instructor-led training classes will help make you more marketable to employers. All training is free of charge for Goodwill clients.

Goodwill’s computer lab at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus is open to job seekers Monday through Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m., with staff available to answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance. 

Please contact the Goodwill Job Connection at 704.372.3434 for more information. Click here to download the GU Course Catalog.

Goodwill Opportunity Campus Courses:

Check out our GU Course Catalog to view our most current class schedule and course descriptions.


Computer Basics

Are you new to using computers? Do you wonder what people mean when they say the Cloud, Windows, ISP or app? Perhaps you just want to know more about how computers work. When it comes to learning today’s technology, our Computer Basics course has all the basic concepts covered.

When: Alternating Mondays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Prerequisite: None.


Internet 101 & Internet Explorer

Are you new to the Internet? Are you wondering what’s so important about being connected online? Maybe you just want to know what’s new and how it can benefit you. This introductory course will guide you through the basics while providing up-to-date information on the latest online tools and technologies. Learn about the Internet Explorer web browser and how to use its many functions and features for convenient and safe web browsing.

When: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Prerequisite: Completed Computer Basics course or pass assessment test.


Microsoft Word Training

You will learn how to create your first Word document. You will find out how to type where you want to on a page, fix spelling errors, make a list, change page margins, add emphasis to some words quickly and some style, and how to save and print your work.

When: Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Prerequisite: Completed Computer Basics course or pass assessment test.


Microsoft Excel Training

You will learn how to create your first Excel workbook. You will learn about cell basics, modifying columns, rows and cells, formatting cells, printing workbooks and freezing or locking panes.

When: Alternation Mondays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Prerequisite: Completed Microsoft Word course or pass assessment test.


Resume Writing

Everyone needs a resume when job hunting. Learn which resume formats the experts prefer and how to effectively write summary statements, your employment history and other sections. After completing this course, your resume can be transformed into a powerful tool that will help get you interviews.

When: Fridays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Prerequisite: Completed Microsoft Word Training or pass assessment test.


Interview Skills

What will your interview be like? What should you take with you? How should you answer interview questions? What should you wear? All of these questions and more will be answered in this tutorial.

When: Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Prerequisite: None.


Microsoft Office Specialist

This certification is intended for: students, clerical workers, instructors, and other individuals who would like to expand and prove their computer skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. For more information on this course please visit the MOS-Word page and the MOS-Excel page.

Please contact the Goodwill Job Connection at 704.372.3434 for more information. Click here to download the GU Course Catalog for 2017.

Gaston County Location’s Courses:

Powerhouse Job Success Lab 

This lab provides students with the skills needed to successfully search for and obtain a job using up-to-date computer skills. Instruction will cover the essentials of computer operation and typing skills, Microsoft Office software, financial literacy, and interviewing skills. The goal is to provide students with entry-level skills development, as well as job seeking and job retention strategies. The class meets Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you are unemployed, have been notified of a pending layoff, are eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or if you earn wages at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, the course will be offered at no cost to you. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

CRC Work Readiness Lab 

This lab is available for those who are interested in work search assistance or Career Readiness Certification (CRC). Work search assistance includes navigating online applications, career assessments, and keyboarding. Career Readiness Certification is an assessment-based credential that gives employers and jobseekers a uniform measure of workplace skills. This national certificate is based on the WorkKeys® System developed by ACT, Inc. To earn a CRC, individuals must undergo testing related to reading, applied math, and locating information.

Please contact Tracy Costner at the Gaston Goodwill Job Connection at 704.830.1401 for more information.

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