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New York has free computer courses for immigrants and seniors: where to find them


Alina Prikhodko

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In the era of digitalization, when the use of technology becomes an important aspect of our daily lives, there is a need to ensure universal access to computer skills.

This is especially important for older adults and immigrants who may have difficulty adapting to a rapidly changing digital world. Documented New York compiled a list of free technology courses in New York.

During the pandemic, our dependence on technology has increased dramatically. Where previously we could cope without the active use of digital devices, today they have become a key tool for solving everyday problems. Making an appointment with a doctor online, online shopping, communicating with family via video calls - all these important moments in our lives now require us to be confident in working with a computer. There are a variety of courses in New York, so residents of all five boroughs can choose the option that suits them.

New York Public Libraries

New York Public Library (NYPL) runs the TechConnect program, which offers more than 100 free technology classes in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Classes range from beginner to advanced levels and cover basic computer skills, coding, digital media creation and more. They also offer advanced study programs.

Brooklyn Public Library conducts various technical classes in the Central Library. Programs range from computer basics to one-on-one technical assistance and educational sessions informing you about government resources related to technology access.

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Queens Public Library (QPL) provides a variety of resources for teaching technical skills online and in person. Training is provided for all levels and ages, including one-on-one technical assistance, basic and advanced courses. They also teach new technologies such as 3D printing, robotics and virtual reality.

The largest center Queensbridge Tech Lab. The Tech Lab offers workshops on a wide range of technical topics for all ages. Learn basic computer skills, audio and video editing, graphic design, 3D printing, robotics, web development, and computer programming.

Community organizations

Center Laguardia for Seniors offers free tablet and smartphone classes for its members 60 years and older. Classes are held every Thursday and Friday from 10 to 11 am in Chinese.

Self-help centers for older people

Selfhelp offers a variety of programs and services for people age 60 and older at five senior centers. Digital literacy training at these centers includes classes on smartphones, tablets and computers, as well as technical assistance. Each borough in the city has its own branch, so you can choose the one that is closest to you:

  • Austin Street Senior Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
  • Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Innovative Older Adult Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
  • Clearview Older Adult Centerr, 208-11 26th Avenue, Bayside
  • Latimer Gardens Older Adult Center, 34-30 137th Street, Flushing
  • Maspeth Older Adult Center, 69-61 Grand Avenue, Maspeth

Senior Planet offers a range of virtual events and online technology classes for adults over 60. You can also visit the Senior Planet office in Chelsea at 127 West 25th Street in person.

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