Community Resources: Technology

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West Michigan Works!, opens a new window
  • NW 616-336-4460
  • E 616-336-4040
  • Rockford 616-228-6724

Offers ongoing computer literacy workshops. Search in the workshops and hiring events area for specific dates and times. Workshops are free.

Women's Resource Center, opens a new window
  • 616-458-5443

Offers free services in collaboration with women to aid in career exploration, employability, life skills, education/training assistance, mentoring and more. Computer classes are offered on a monthly basis. Check program calendar for classes, dates and times.

GVSU Center for Continuing Adult Education, opens a new window
  • 616-331-7180

Grand Valley State University's Center for Adult & Continuing Studies is a program for life-long learners of every age or level of education. Visit the website for a full list of programs offered. Programs are fee-based.

Forest Hills Community Services, opens a new window
  • 616-493-8950

Various software training classes for all ages and ability levels are held at the center and you can enroll in these by clicking on the "Classes/Events" button. The center's computers run Windows 10 and feature Microsoft Office 2016 applications (Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.). Classes are fee-based.

Rockford Public Schools Adult Enrichment Classes, opens a new window
  • 616-863-6320

Offers a variety of adult enrichment classes including some computer based classes. For a complete list of classes visit the Rockford Public Schools website and search for Adult Enrichment classes under the community services tab. Classes are fee-based.

Online Technology Resources

Lynda.com

KDL cardholders can access the online learning site Lynda.com. This database hosts a constantly growing library for all skill levels of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Topics include computer literacy, Microsoft Office software, web development, multimedia skills and so much more!

Career Skills Training by Penn Foster

This free suite of online courses provides opportunities to learn, review, and practice foundational work-related skills that employers look for when hiring, including literacy, math, soft skills and digital literacy.

GCFGlobal (Goodwill Community Foundation Global), opens a new window

From seniors learning computer basics to seasoned professionals brushing up on Microsoft Office to unemployed individuals gaining career skills to students practicing math, everyone can find something useful. Resources are free. 

Digitallearn.org (from the Public Library Association)

A collection of self-directed tutorials to help end-users increase their digital literacy. The modules help learners practice basic skills like using a mouse, creating an email address, navigating a website, and more.

Additional Technology Resources

Comprenew, opens a new window
  • 616-451-4400

Comprenew is a nonprofit electronic recycler who also offers cost-effective resale of electronic products. Also offers free computer literacy classes.

The National Science Institute, opens a new window
  • 616-466-4335

The Computers for Families initiative provides computers and technology equipment to anybody who needs access. There are no geographic restrictions, and no income limits. Computers are available on a rolling basis. The facility is open for computers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. You do not need to be a resident of Kent County.

KDL One-on-One Tech Tutoring

Tech Tutoring appointments may be scheduled in the branch or by calling 616-784-2007. 

The following branches offer appointments based on staff availability:

  • Byron Township
  • Caledonia Township
  • Cascade Township
  • East Grand Rapids
  • Englehardt (Lowell)
  • Gaines Township
  • Grandville
  • Kelloggsville
  • Kentwood (Richard R. Root)
  • Krause Memorial (Rockford)
  • Nelson Township/Sand Lake
  • Spencer Township
  • Walker
  • Wyoming

The following branches offer appointments on specific days and times:

Comstock Park
  • Wednesdays at 1p.m.
  • Fridays at 3 p.m.
Plainfield Township
  • Mondays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
  • Fridays at 10 a.m.
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