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Computer courses in the East Bay address employability but also offer something for everybody. Computer courses range from Macworld/iWorld 2013 and Apple’s creative applications for web designers, animators, writers, film makers and musicians to professional technology and information management for the business and science community. Whether you want to just acquire basics such as how to set up a computer, navigate the internet, email and send instant messages, the East Bay offers access to all including seniors, the deaf and disabled. Regardless of your needs, there is a class that teaches exactly what you want to know. Get up to date with modern technology and start teaching your children how to work the computer. These East Bay resources will have you on your way to becoming a geek in no time.

UC Berkeley Extension
1995 University Ave., Suite 110
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 642-4151

The University of California at Berkeley offers courses in computer technology and information management for the business and science community. Programming and other classes including cloud computing and virtualization take place not just in Berkeley but also San Francisco, Belmont and online or in hybrids. Join the email list for periodic course updates and availability. Spring courses start in January.  Fees vary and you can find the cost by clicking on the course listing and then on enroll, for example the online Java: Discovering its Power course costs $715 for two units.

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Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539
(510) 659-6000

Ohlone College is for you if you like web design and multimedia as Ohlone students may enroll in community college, online or short term at the media center. Take courses or get an AA degree or certificate of accomplishment focusing on photography, digital design, graphic art, 3D modeling and animation, video games, web delivery and web design. Whether you like gaming, programming or animation, the media center teaches students with state-of-the-art equipment. The Fremont campus hosts a computer lab and tutoring.

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency
Deaf Community Center Computer Lab
1550 San Leandro Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 343-6677

The Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency offers users of PCs basic courses on how to set up a computer, use Word and Publisher, how to use the internet and instant messages and some dos and don’ts. The instructor of these free 90-minute classes knows fluent Deaf and American Sign Language. Dean Papalia teaches at the community center across from San Leandro BART station.

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Community Options
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The Berkeley area will find free basic courses at most public libraries including Berkeley Central, Albany, Oakland, El Cerrito and Kensington. Enroll in adult schools in BerkeleyOakland and Piedmont or at community colleges like Berkeley City College, College of AlamedaContra Costa College, Laney College or Merritt College. Senior centers in South and North Berkeley and in El Cerrito plus community centers offer free or low-cost basics.

Cindy Warner is a freelance writer and a San Francisco Bay Area native. Cindy has covered SF theater and opera for via her bicycle since January 2009. Check out her work on