Craven Community College offering new computer basics course

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - Knowing your way around a computer is almost essential for much of today's workforce and Craven Community College is offering to help you learn the basics.

The new class is called Basic Computer Skills for employment, but the instructor says it's really for anyone who wants to learn more about computers.

The three-week course started on Monday and is held at the Religious Community Services Annex near downtown New Bern.

Throughout the class, students will learn about typing, how to save documents, and working with programs like Microsoft Word and navigating different search engines.

It's also a way for students to just learn more about computers and smartphones in general.

The class has nine students and already on day two, the instructor says they are making great progress.

"We have some people that are kind of advanced and some who are so so and then some who just don't have any clue as to what to do so looking at them just sitting down at a keyboard and seeing the light bulb come on and it's like wow I can type a word and some people didn't even know how to do that," says Chantel Dunn, the HRD program instructor.

There is a fee for the course, but Craven Community College officials say that can be waived for those who are unemployed or who meet income requirements.

At the end of the course, students will learn how to create job resumes and cover letters and how to prepare for virtual interviews.

Those who are taking the class say they hope this will give them more job opportunities.

Craven Community College will be holding another three-week basic computer course starting on June 19th.