Technology Classes

Computer and Job Skill Classes


Microsoft and Google Apps Computer Courses – Registration Required
Free computer classes are offered in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (2016), and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Is your workplace moving over to Google-based products? Sign up for free classes in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar.  The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library’s Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign. If you desire to enroll in computer courses but do not have computer experience, you will need to practice using a mouse before you may enroll. Listed are a few practice websites available: www.mouseprogram.com and www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm
Check back in March to see course descriptions, schedules and online registration forms available.

Social Media for Business Classes – Registration Required
Nearly 7 out of every 10 Americans are on social media. You want your marketing to be where your customer base is, yet not every social media platform is a good fit for every business. Join us for this eight-part, stand-alone series on Using Social Media for Business. Discover which tools are the best fit for your business, gain strategies to engage new and existing customers, create highly optimized, high quality ads, capture leads, drive brand awareness, and monetize the social platform. *These are single-session, stand-alone classes.  The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library’s Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign. Feel free to bring your own device or a laptop will be provided for you.
Spaces are limited and online registration is required. For assistance with the online registration please visit the library’s Adult Services (Reference Desk) or call (865) 982-0981, ext. 1450, or (865) 273-1428.  
Check back in March to see course descriptions, schedules and online registration forms available.

It's Your Career Soft Skills Training Classes

Once a month on Fridays,  7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“It’s Your Career,” will be a part of an ongoing series of Soft Skill workshops designed to take your career to the next level. Class format features a short lecture on each topic, case studies discussion in small groups and resources for use in businesses and organizations. Bring your mobile device, tablet, or laptop, or one will be provided for your use.  All participants will earn .5 CEUs (Continuing Education Unit) for participating.  Online Registration is required.   This class will be at the Blount County Public Library’s Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.

 Soft Skills are strengthened and developed over time and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder. The classes are a collaboration of Blount Partnership, Adult Education Foundation of Blount County and the Blount County Public Library. For more information go to bcpl.populr.me/itsyourcareer         Click Register Here  to see class synopsis and registration information.

ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program for Young Adults (18-26):  Registration Required

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The ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program is made possible through a generous grant from the ARCONIC Foundation. It is provided by the Institute of International Education, Blount Partnership, Blount County Public Library and the Blount County Friends of the Library..

Paid Internship Program For Young Adults Interested in Manufacturing Careers:

Are you between the ages of 18 – 26 and would you like to get paid to intern at a local manufacturer? Join us January 27 through 
March 5, 2020 
to gain training and real-world, hands-on manufacturing experience with the possibility of getting hired permanently. Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Contact Jackie Taylor-Tente with questions and to register, at 865-680-7668 or jackie@jataylor.net  For More Information go to  bcpl.populr.me/arconic-internship-program   Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The program consists of three components:

1)   January 27 – February 11:  3 weeks of Workforce Readiness Training (60 hours)
  •      Training will run 1-5 p.m., Monday - Friday.  During this time participants will receive training in skills needed to obtain and maintain a job in the manufacturing field.  Participants will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of this component.
2)   February 12 28:  100 hours of hands-on manufacturing experience interning with a Blount County   
      manufacturer

  •      The Internship will be at a local manufacturer where participants will be paid $10/hr. for 100 hours, get hands-on job experience, and potentially get certifications such as forklift operation.
3)   March 2 & 5:  2 half-days of Follow-up, Career Fair and Graduation
  •      Participants then return for Follow-up, Career Fair and Graduation. Participants will receive a $60 stipend upon completion of this component. 
Participants must complete all three components.

Tech Classes – Ages 10 and Up!
Tech classes for tweens and teens are led by science educator Thomas Proffen of ORCSGirls and are open to boys and girls of all ages interested in fun, hands-on learning experiences with STEM topics! Located in the Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.

Saturday, January 11,  1 p.m. to 4 p.m., “Introduction to (VR) Virtual Reality.”  Virtual Reality or the ability to step inside another world. Learn about how Virtual Reality (VR) works, create your very own virtual world using CoSpaces (www.cospaces.io) and build your very own Google Cardboard headset. This class combines creativity in creating a 3D virtual world with coding to make it come alive. Having an iPhone or Android phone is very helpful in exploring VR, but not required to attend.  Open to all ages 10 and up.

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Need help with technology and don't know where to start?  Have a tough research question?  Need a new resume?  Having trouble with R.E.A.D.S.?  Go to https://goo.gl/forms/35a93T5qArPctgmU2 to complete a registration form to schedule assistance from a professional library staff member, and get help setting up your own personal learning plan using library resources.