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Free Computer Courses?

By ThatGuy 21 January 2010 26

I heard my friend speak something that I almost thought was jibberish the other day.  She said ‘I don’t know how to use a computer’.  I almost fell over.

This all came about because I am attempting to get her out of a rutt with her employment.  Yet there seems to be a fairly large catch 22 with this:

Can’t use a computer –> misses out on good job opportunities –> can’t get a job with a decent salary –> doesn’t have the salary to be able to afford a computer course = can’t use a computer.

I know for a while that there was a free seniors computing course being held in Belconnen.  Does anyone know of any free or cheap basic computer courses provided around Canberra?  I haven’t been able to find anything through the normal mediums.

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troll-sniffer 6:35 pm 23 Jan 10

Well now why didn’t you say she’s a looker? Geez man, I just remembered where I had seen a free computer course available, one on one, no fees for the first 100 lessons, personalised service, might even offer pick-up and drop-off service as well.


astrojax 4:29 pm 23 Jan 10

Plus she’s a looker so instead of sitting at home tinkering away, like the rest of us, she’s been out partying.

like, plain old ugly people like the rest of us are condemned to the tundras of loneliness while only the beautiful get to play? i find that statement offensive.

cleo 11:17 pm 22 Jan 10

I ment buy computers there.

cleo 11:16 pm 22 Jan 10

I didn’t think Charity Computers were good at all, and don’t but computers there, I bought one for my dauthter, she said it was hopless, and wouldn’t perform, also they put themselves on my computer as administrator, so therefore someone there could access my computer, which they did and had porn on it.

ThatGuy 4:51 pm 22 Jan 10

Haha got to love the fact that I did the exact same search and completely missed the PCUG website. I wouldn’t call that lack of computer skills, I’d call that lack of attention to detail.

I’ll admit that Swaggie almost hit the nail on the head with the description of said person.

She quit school after year 10 and has been basically working bars and after school care ever since. So there is never a need for her to tinker with a computer. Plus she’s a looker so instead of sitting at home tinkering away, like the rest of us, she’s been out partying.

Thanks for all the info guys, her first task is going to be to navigate her way to this post. Let’s see if she passes.

el 1:23 pm 22 Jan 10

sloppery said :

el said :

It’s entirely possible for anyone over the age of 30 to have not had access to computers in school.

Possible, but unlikely. I’m in my mid 30’s, and went to a fairly crappy country NSW school, and they had computers even when I started in the late 80’s. And even if I hadn’t touched computers at school, surely I would have had some access between then and now?

Very possible, I can’t say how likely or unlikely it is though.

Late 20’s here, very limited access to computers at school, and most of the computer curriculum that was taught is long since completely irrelevant (the Apple ][e isn’t really a driving force on the corporate desktop now, is it?). All Canberra schooling.

It’s also possible that this person left school and found work that didn’t involve using computers. I’d been in the workforce for almost 10 years before I had to touch a computer even occasionally for work purposes.

Thankfully I had enough access to computers (as well as an interest in them) at home to teach myself – I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for those with no computer skills these days.

Hopefully the OP can find help for their friend to get them skilled up and employable.

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