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This is a guide to free and low cost computer classes in the Berkeley area.
Last Updated: Apr 2, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Adult School classes

Courses, schedules, and costs vary. Printed schedules may be available at BPL Central Reference desk. Education budget cuts have eliminated many Adult School classes. Check schedules carefully.

  • Berkeley Adult School
    Located at 1701 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley and accessible by North Berkeley BART or San Pablo bus lines. See Career Technical section for Computer and Business/job classes, and Lifelong Learning 50+ for classes at Senior Centers.
  • Oakland Adult School
    No computer classes offered currently. Check again in future semesters.
  • Piedmont Adult School
    Offers Excel, Powerpoint, QuickBooks, and Word classes.
  • West Contra Costa Adult Education
    Offers a variety of beginning and intermediate classes in English and Spanish, as well as a Computer Users Group for Seniors.

Community college classes

The schools below offer an assortment of classes. Typical class names include Computer Literacy, Keyboarding, and Word Processing.

  • Berkeley City College
    Offers many classes, beginning to advanced, short and long term.
    Located at 2050 Center Street, Berkeley (near Downtown Berkeley BART).
  • College of Alameda
    CIS 205 Computer Literacy is a basic class. Located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda.
  • Contra Costa College
    CIS 110 and CIS 135 are basic classes. Located at 2600 Mission Bell Dr., San Pablo.
  • Laney College
    BUS 219 is a basic class. Located at 900 Fallon St., Oakland (near Lake Merritt BART).
  • Merritt College
    CIS 205, 209, 233 are introductory classes. Located at 12500 Campus Dr., Oakland.

Public Library classes

In Berkeley: Drop-in beginner classes at Central: Mondays 6pm, Thursdays 10am; call 510-981-6148 for information.

  • Albany Public Library
    Weekly tutoring; appointment mandatory. Located at 1247 Marin Ave., Albany. 510-526-3720 ext. 5
  • El Cerrito Public Library
    Weekly tutoring; appointment mandatory. Located at 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito. 510-526-7512
  • Oakland Public Library
    Computor tutoring in English and Spanish offered at Elmhurst and Chavez branches; call for details.

Senior Center classes

  • South Berkeley Senior Center
    Computer Lab open for drop-in practice as well as for scheduled class. Call to verify times. Class is through Berkeley Adult School: Located at 2939 Ellis St., Berkeley. 510-981-5170
  • North Berkeley Senior Center
    No instruction or classes, but a small computer lab is available. Located at 1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley. 510-981-5190
  • El Cerrito Open House Senior Center
    Call or see website for details. Advance sign-up required. Located at 6500 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito CA. 510-559-7677

Community Centers

  • Center for Accessible Technology
    Offers a series of one-hour classes for adults, and keyboarding for children. The Center specializes in disability access. Located at 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley. 510-841-3224

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