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Microsoft and Google Apps Computer Courses - Registration Required
Free computer classes are offered in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (2016), and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Is your workplace moving over to Google-based products? Sign up for free classes in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar.  The free classes meet via Zoom. If you desire to enroll in computer courses but do not have computer experience, you will need to practice using a mouse before you may enroll. Listed are a few practice websites available: and

Click Register Here to see course descriptions, schedules, and online registration forms available.


Tips and Tricks for Improving Productivity with Outlook

Explore little-known features and best practices to help you manage your emails, email records and calendar more effectively using Outlook

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: October 1, 2021

Work Online with Google Drive

Learn how to create documents, save your files online and collaborate with others on Google Drive. Email address required.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: October 4, 2021

Google Drive Advanced Tips and Tricks

Google Drive is a go-to online office suite and storage service for many. Yet there is more to Google Drive than meets the eye. With the right tools, you can optimize your Google Drive to save time and increase productivity. Join us to discover tips, tricks, plug-ins and browser extensions that will help you shift your Google drive into overdrive.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: October 6, 2021

Buying and Selling Online: FB Marketplace, Etsy, eBay, and More

Learn how to put your goods online for sale in local and global marketplaces. As a shopper, discover how to use e-commerce platforms to cinch the best deals.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: October 8, 2021

Google Docs Essentials

Take a closer look at how to use Google Docs to share and collaborate, store, translate, and publish documents on the web. Discover how to get around in Google docs and create professional-looking files you can access and edit anywhere you have Internet.

Time: 3:00- 5:00 PM

Date: October 11, 2021

Google Docs Advanced Tips and Tricks

Dive deeper into Google Docs features that help boost productivity. Use templates, create flowcharts, tag colleagues, convert Google Docs to MS Word, integrate Google Docs with other Google applications, and more. 

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: October 13, 2021

Couponing – Digital Ways to Help Your Family Save

Discover creative ways to combine coupons with other deals to help your family save big on items you need to buy. Learn how to get started, get organized, and start saving.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: October 15, 2021

Creating Holiday Cards with Canva 

Send your warm birthday or holiday wishes to friends and family with custom cards you can personalize, print and post online.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 3, 2021

Social Media for Seniors

Do you want to stay in touch with family and friends through social media? Join us for an interactive session to learn how to use some of the popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 4, 2021

Job Skills I - Make a Resume

Begin the process of developing a stellar, targeted resume to show your best side. 

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 5, 2021

Gmail Basics

Tired of wasting time in email and not having what you need at your fingertips? Join this free class to master the basics of Gmail, including how to:


  • register (or retrieve your password) for a Gmail account

  • send and receive emails with and without attachments

  • organize and work with your inbox

  • search, filter, and label emails for efficiency

  • avoid pitfalls when using email, such as getting computer viruses


― and more. Discover how to manage the inbox so that you can be more productive in less time.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 8, 2021

Gmail Advanced Tips and Tricks

Build on your knowledge of Gmail to get even more out of Google’s popular email platform. Discover advanced features that allow you to maximize your productivity, such as:


  • Checking different POP3 email accounts with Gmail so you get all of your emails in one place

  • Mastering labels, stars, and filters

  • Using aliases to determine referrals

  • Muting conversations

  • Undoing email sends

  • Integrating Gmail with Outlook and Google apps like Google Calendar.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 10, 2021

Social Media Marketing

In this class, we will learn how to get started with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. Learn how to decide the best strategy and find out the best free social media management tools to save you time. No existing accounts required.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 11, 2021

Google Calendar

Manage your personal and professional calendars more effectively with Google Calendar. From scheduling events and tracking to-dos, to sharing calendars and creating invites, get the basics of Google Calendar to help make your day run more smoothly.

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM   

Date: November 12, 2021


Job Skills II - Resume Polishing    

Continue working on your resume and add polish with clean formatting and making the words earn their spot.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 12, 2021

Microsoft Word Part I: Working with Basic Text and Paragraphs

Learn how to create and edit a document with Microsoft Word 2016. You'll learn basic formatting, how to select and cut, copy, or paste text; spell check, adjust line spacing and change the page alignment.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: November 15, 2021

Microsoft Word Part II: Long Documents

Microsoft Word 2016 has many tools that make working on long documents a snap. Learn about styles, headers, footers, page numbers and inserting objects like pictures, video, and tables. Basic Word skills required.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: November 17, 2021

Job Skills III – Using LinkedIn to Get a Job

Learn how to make your social profile get noticed. Create and optimize your social profile to strategically help with your job search! Learn skills for networking in the digital age.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 18, 2021

Microsoft Word Part III: Mail Merge, References, and Collaborating with Word

Learn how to use the Mail Merge Wizard to personalize letters and envelopes. Find out how to create bibliographies and other references with different style guides. You’ll also learn how to insert charts and proofread like a pro with the Track Changes feature. Intermediate Word skills required. 


At the end of class, take the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment for MS Word. Score 85% or higher and earn a nationally recognized certificate you can use for work or job seeking. 

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 19, 2021

Designing Social Media Graphics Using Canva

No design skills? No problem! Learn how to use Canva to design all of your social media posts professionally and effortlessly.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: November 29, 2021

Excel Part I: Basics, Formulas and Functions

Excel 2016 spreadsheets allow you to easily store, organize and modify data. Learn the basics of Excel (such as inserting text, basic formulas, AutoFill and more) by creating a personal budget. Also learn how to make Excel do the work for you by using common formulas and functions. 

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM 

Date: December 6, 2021

Excel Part II: Conditional Formatting, Sort and Filter

Expand your Excel 201 knowledge and learn about conditional formatting, freezing rows, and using tables. Use the sort and filter features in Excel to organize your data so you can find the information you are looking for easily. Basic Excel skills required.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 8, 2021

Excel Part III: Graphs, Pivot Tables, Macros and More

Make your Excel 2016 workbook pop by using graphs and pivot tables to represent your data visually. Learn how to automate repetitive tasks by recording and running simple macros in Excel. Basic Excel skills required. 

At the end of class, take the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment for Excel. Score 85% or higher and earn a nationally recognized certificate you can use for work or job seeking. 

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 10, 2021

PowerPoint I: Working with the Basics

Learn how to make a basic PowerPoint. Use the various slide layouts and interchange them. Insert photos, screen shots, text boxes, video and more. Practice working “under the hood” in PowerPoint and view your slideshow creation.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 13, 2021

PowerPoint II: Power Up Your Presentation with Transitions, Animations, and Slide Masters

Take your PowerPoint to the next level by learning how and when to add transitions and animations. Learn best practices for designing PowerPoint as a visual aide, and practice creating your own template design using Slide Masters. Basic PowerPoint skills are required. 


At the end of class, take the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment for PowerPoint. Score 85% or higher and earn a nationally recognized certificate you can use for work or job seeking. 

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 15, 2021

Tips and Tricks for Improving Productivity with Outlook

Explore little-known features and best practices to help you manage your emails, email records and calendar more effectively using Outlook

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: December 17, 2021

Clean Up and Speed Up Your Computer

Learn how to remove programs, manage the space on your computer, speed up your browsing and more.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: December 20, 2021

Viruses & Malware Basics and How to Protect Your Privacy Online

Learn about malware threats, how to tell if a computer is infected, and how to install and use a high quality free antivirus program. Increase your awareness about how your online behavior is tracked and used. You'll learn tips on how to limit what's shared about you online.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 22, 2021

Creating Online Vision and Goal Boards

Keep motivated towards your vision, dreams, and goals using Vision Boards. Learn how to digitally create a beautiful Vision Board to display at home or in your workspace to remind you why you do what you do every day.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 27, 2021

Change Your Habits with Habit Tracker Apps

Turn your resolutions into results by keeping track of how often you're completing certain tasks or meeting goals. Create new habits or break bad ones using digital apps to inspire small changes that may lead to big results.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: December 29, 2021

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It's Your Career Soft Skills Training Classes

“It’s Your Career,” will be a part of an ongoing series of Soft Skill workshops designed to take your career to the next level. Class format features a short lecture on each topic, case studies discussion in small groups, and resources for use in businesses and organizations. These classes will all be through Zoom.  All participants will earn .5 CEUs (Continuing Education Unit) for participating.  Online Registration is required. 

Soft Skills are strengthened and developed over time and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder. The classes are a collaboration of Blount Partnership, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County, and the Blount County Public Library. Click Register Here to see class synopsis and registration information.

Conflict De-escalation and Resolution - September 24, 2021
Gain insights into your conflict management style and the styles of your team. Discover your own emotional triggers, explore ways to deal with conflict, and leave with best practices you can apply in professional and personal settings.

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Date: September 24, 2021

Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace - October 29, 2021
How can you use the guiding principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) to create a psychologically healthy workplace that prioritizes employee wellness? Learn practical approaches to creating an environment that champions care, safety, and respect.
 Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM 

Date: October 29, 2021

Project Management - November 19, 2021
Gain strategies that will help you to complete projects on time, on budget, and on target.

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Date: November 19, 2021

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ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program for Young Adults (18-26):  Registration Required

The ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program is made possible through a generous grant from the ARCONIC Foundation. It is provided by the Institute of International Education, Blount Partnership, Blount County Public Library, and the Blount County Friends of the Library.

Paid Internship Program For Young Adults Interested in Manufacturing Careers

Registration is open for the paid Arconic Foundation Global Internship Program. The internships are customized for young adults 18 – 26 who want to explore careers in manufacturing. They earn up to $1,000.00 and a nationally-recognized Certified Manufacturing Associate credential from Tooling U-SME.

For more information or to apply, Contact: Jackie Taylor (

The program is a blended model of in-person and online classes through Tooling U-SME with an option to intern in person with a local manufacturer. It consists of three paid components: 1) 12 half-days of Workforce Readiness Training; 2) 100 hours of hands-on manufacturing experience interning with a Blount County manufacturer OR an option to complete the hours online; and 3) three half-days of Follow-up, a Career Fair, and Graduation. Participants must complete all components.


Actively participate in 12 half days of workforce readiness training ($250 stipend)

Work 100 paid hours with a local manufacturer ($350 stipend)

Earn 3 paid half-days of follow up, which includes participating in Career Planning and Placement, a job fair, and graduation ($400 upon completion of all components and Tooling U-SME online courses)

Interns Gain:

Competitive resumes, reference lists, and job interview skills

Skills that will help you succeed at work

Hands-on experience with a local manufacturer

Production Associate Certification from Tooling U

Seats are limited to 17 interns.