Houston is a hotspot for every type of computer class imaginable. Newbies can find classes all around the city that cover computer basics, some even free of charge, while more advanced computer users can increase their working knowledge of programs they use everyday. With virtual classes, webinars, on-site training, one-on-one mentoring and small group classes, there is a class for every type of learning style that can fit into any schedule. And although most computer training classes are offered for a fee, always ask the training center about payment plans and financial aid to possibly make it more affordable.
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 393-1313
www.houstonlibrary.org/learn-explore/computer-classes

For Houstonians with little to no computer experience, the Houston Public Library’s free computer classes are the best place to start. With a range of courses in both English and Spanish, HPL is one of the best resources in the city for adults interested in learning how to work efficiently on a personal computer. Choose from Digital Literacy, which focuses on the basics of modern technology (think internet and email basics), or MS Office Skills, which helps students understand the basics in PowerPoint and Excel programs. More technologically-aware students can benefit from the library’s Multimedia class to learn the basics of blogging, digital audio, video and photography basics, YouTube searches and how to use social media platforms. Sign up for the Workforce class to learn how to create an effective resume, how to use the social media platform LinkedIn to find a job, as well as basic budgeting online and online tax preparation.

CompuTrain Business Solutions
6800 W Loop South, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77401
(713) 349-9186
www.computrain.com

In addition to courses in all the essential Microsoft computer programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, Visio, InfoPath and OneNote, CompuTrain offers students a well-rounded professional education with additional coursework in business intelligence and business skills. All classes are held at the CompuTrain location and facilitated in-person by a qualified instructor; there are no virtual classes or webinar options. The courses and training at CompuTrain are designed for corporate professionals hoping to increase their computer knowledge and hone their professional skills.

Leisure Learning Unlimited
2990 Richmond, Ste. 120
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 529-4414
www.llu.com

Whether you’re completely new to computers or wanting to add to your current computer program proficiency, Leisure Learning Unlimited can help. Touted as one of the largest computer training centers in Houston since opening its doors in 1990, LLU offers courses for beginners in Microsoft Office, internet usage. For more advanced users, there is a class in web site design. Specific computer programs covered in class include: MS Word, MS Access, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, Photoshop and various web design applications. Classes are conducted on-site at their Greenway Plaza location or online via your schedule through a partnership with ed2go for a reasonable fee.

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New Horizons Computer Learning Center
5120 Woodway, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 552-1414
www.nhhouston.com

New Horizons Computer Learning Center has a wide variety of computer classes for beginners, intermediates and advanced users and offers an equally impressive variety of learning opportunities. Classes are offered either on-site, in a virtual classroom, self-paced e-learning, mentored learning or in a private group training setting. In addition to providing classes on word processing basics and digital design, New Horizons Houston is one of the leading providers of IT, project management and business skills training, even providing certifications upon completion of much of their technical training.

Compusoft Training Center
9894 Bissonnet, #180
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 777-7664
www.compusoftusa.com

Compusoft Training Center offers computer courses on basic programs for those with little experience. There’s no in-depth digital photography class or programming course on the schedule, but the center offers a solid schedule of coursework in all the essential computer programs: MS Office Suite and QuickBooks. They also understand that learning a new computer program can be difficult and offer specific slow-paced courses for students. Companies interested in training a number of employees on MS Office, MS Project or Intuit QuickBooks may be interested in Compusoft’s on-site, flat-fee training option. Check the website for tuition specials and various financial aid opportunities for those who qualify.

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