Community Education

  • Community Education Center Location

    1228 South West Street
    Petersburg, VA 23804
    (804) 732-8449

    The Community Education Center (CEC), located at our Tri-Cities Service Center in Petersburg, provides free computer training and life-education classes to help clients gain the skills needed to obtain steady jobs that provide steady income.

    This program aims to provide individuals with the necessary skills to succeed and enrich their lives with the goal of gaining independence and self-sufficiency.

    The CEC provides free computer training and life-education classes such as; GED preparation, budgeting skills, reading comprehension and improvement, Microsoft Office, keyboarding as well as basic computer and internet skills.

    The students enrolled at the CEC range in age from 19 to 78, and classes are offered both during the day and evenings Monday-Friday.

    For more information or to register for classes, please contact Kenneth Samuel at (804) 732-8449 x204.

    Classes ($50 per class)

    Basic Computer

    Designed for those who want to become more confident in using a desktop, laptop or tablet. You’ll learn basic computer terminology, functions of the computer, and proper use of the keyboard, mouse and/or touch pad, to navigate the computer.  Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate basic skills such as cut, copy, and paste, creating and saving folders and files, as well as using email and the internet.

    GED Prep.

    Designed to create a structured setting for a motivated learner to receive help in preparing for the GED exam. You’ll receive assistance in areas of weakness in order to be better prepared for the 4 part GED exam. You’ll learn test taking tips and strategies, including the ability to recall important information in timed situations.

    Microsoft Word

    Designed to equip the student with the ability to use word processing software. You’ll learn how to customize the software, format documents, understand how to use the ribbon, work with templates, as well as saving and printing documents. We recommended you have basic computer skills/knowledge prior to taking the Microsoft Word class, in order to easily absorb the new and layered concepts.

    Microsoft Excel

    This spreadsheet application teaches you how to use the ribbon to navigate the program, as well as understand the creation of spreadsheets and processing calculations. You’ll become familiar with entering data, formatting, cell alignment, writing formulas, chart and table creation, functions and more.

    Microsoft  Powerpoint

    You’ll learn how to use presentation software to increase your employability, as well as enable you the freedom to be creative using the computer. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to create slides, apply templates, designs and transitions. At the end of the course, you’ll be required to create a presentation and present a slideshow.


    Designed to introduce the computer keyboard and you learn and understand the location and function of the various keys. You’ll learn proper typing technique, along with drills to improve accuracy in typing. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to confidently type all the letters, numbers and the most common symbols, with proper ten-finger touch typing technique.

    Financial Wellness

    Designed to teach money management concepts and offer tips, suggestions and practical help in improving the handling of your money. You’ll focus on financial goal setting, which involves better understanding credit, identity theft, building savings, spending plans, and the need for insurance. Strategies will be provided to help you evaluate and control spending habits and create personal budgets.

    Resume/Interview Skills

    You’ll learn to cultivate an image that employers seek, in order to secure job interviews. You’ll be exposed to mock interviews, dressing tips, techniques to prepare for common questions and instruction in how to create a professional cover letter. Upon completion of the course, you will have prepared one or more resumes and professional cover letters, based on your acquired skills, education and accomplishments.

    English as a Second Language

    Our Instructors work with non-native speakers of English to help you develop social and academic language skills. We focus on practical conversation to enhance the social, academic and community aspect of your life.

    For more information or to register for classes, please contact Kenneth Samuel at (804) 732-8449 x204.

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