This is a guide to free and low cost computer classes in the Berkeley area.
Last Updated: Apr 2, 2013
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.
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.
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.
- 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: http://bas.berkeley.net. 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