Summer Computer & Technology Classes

By FPL_Amy

Looking to expand your knowledge on computers and technology this summer? Whether you’re wanting to get ahead at your job, looking to switch careers, or want to learn a new skill for fun, Frisco Public Library has you covered this summer. Attend one of our classes in-person or check out our virtual and online options!

Career & Job Skills Classes

In-Person Classes:

Job Skills Computer Class: Excel I, opens a new window
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | June 23, 2022

This class is perfect for those new to Microsoft Excel.
Participants will learn about: 

      • Creating and saving spreadsheets
      • Navigating spreadsheets
      • Entering data
      • Creating simple formulas

Job Skills Computer Class: Excel II, opens a new window
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | June 30, 2022

This class is for those who know the basics of using Microsoft Excel.
Participants will learn about:

      • Controlling views and freezing panes
      • Creating formulas and functions
      • Sorting Data
      • Using relative and absolute references

Job Skills Computer Class: Word I, opens a new window
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | July 28, 2022

This class is perfect for those new to Microsoft Word.
Participants will learn:

      • How to create and save a document
      • How to format text
      • How to make changes within your document
      • How to check spelling and grammar

Virtual and Online Classes:

Excel: Functions, Formulas, and Pivot Tables, opens a new window
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | July 7, 2022
Registration Required

Learn from an expert from Microsoft to improve your Excel skills. This is an intermediate level class.
Participants will learn about: 

      • Notable functions 
      • Formatting cells to manipulate and interpret data
      • Creating pivot tables for data analysis
        and more!

Upgrade Your LinkedIn Profile, opens a new window
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | July 21, 2022
Registration Required

Learn how to get the most from your LinkedIn profile from an expert from Microsoft.
Participants will learn:

      • To tell their professional story
      • How to connect to opportunities on LinkedIn
      • Improve their LinkedIn profile
      • How to use the Microsoft Word Resume Assistant

Gale Courses: Computer Skills for the Workplace, opens a new window
Start Date: Jul 13 | Aug 17 | Sep 14

This course is designed to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to survive and prosper in today's fast-changing workplace. You will learn how to implement the powers of modern office software to work faster and more efficiently. This course will also focus on practical applications for software most common to the workplace.

Gale Courses: Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016, opens a new window
Start Date: Jul 13 | Aug 17 | Sep 14

In this hands-on course, you will learn how to create informative, eye-catching charts and graphs, and harness the power of Excel's data analysis tools and AutoFilter commands. In addition, you will find out how easy it is to create macros that let you manipulate data with the push of a button. You will also discover how to use Goal Seek and Solver and apply them to real-world problems. Set yourself apart from the casual Excel user by adding VLOOKUP, INDEX & MATCH, and other time-saving functions to your repertoire.

Gale Courses: Advanced Microsoft Excel 2016, opens a new window
Start Date: Jul 13 | Aug 17 | Sep 14

In this practical and information-packed Microsoft Excel training, you'll see how to truly maximize this program's functions and capabilities. After all, most organizations rely heavily on Excel to consolidate, analyze, and report data and want their employees to be proficient in this important program. This Excel training class gives you the skills you need to impress your current or future employer—and its online format means you can take this class from anywhere, at any time.

Gale Courses: Intermediate Microsoft Word 2016, opens a new window
Start Date: Jul 13 | Aug 17 | Sep 14

In this course, you'll learn how to automate Word 2016 using shortcuts to help you write more while typing less. From signs, newsletters, and greeting cards to long documents, you'll learn how to create whatever you need—quickly and with professional-looking results. You'll also learn how to create and organize text in tables, mix graphics and text together to turn Word into a simple desktop publishing program, and merge spreadsheet and database data to create mailing labels and form letters.

Don’t see and online class that appeals to you? More Gale Courses on other computer applications are available online. Available to anyone with a library card. Click here to get stated today! , opens a new window 

Technology and Design Classes

In-Person Classes:

Family Tech Night, opens a new window
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | July 7, 2022

Join us for a night of hands-on fun with technology. From eSports to robots to animation, we will have something for everyone!

Beginning 3D Design, opens a new window
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | July 14, 2022

Learn how to create 3D models that can be printed on a 3D printer. Participants will learn how to use the beginner friendly web-based to create 3D models.

Design for Laser Cutters, opens a new window
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | August 4, 2022

Learn how to create 2D designs that can be engraved or cut using the library's laser cutter. Participants will learn the basics of using the free, web-based program Canva to create basic designs.

Python, opens a new window
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | August 11, 2022

This class is perfect for those with no experience coding and those wanting to get started with learning the Python computer language.

Online Classes:

LinkedIn Learning: Python Quick Start, opens a new window

Get a fast-paced introduction to Python. In this course, you can learn what Python is and why it's become such a powerful and in-demand programming language. Python expert and trainer Lavanya Vijayan shares the fundamentals of programming in Python with data types, variables, functions, sequences, conditional statements, iteration, and recursion.

Learning objectives

        • Identify the different types of data structures.
        • Define and apply a user-created function.
        • Describe a Python sequence.
        • Identify control flow statements.
        • Analyze when to apply an iteration statement.
        • Describe object-oriented programming concepts.

LinkedIn Learning: Introduction to 3D Design, opens a new window

In this course, expert George Maestri provides a broad overview of these concepts and the techniques that apply to all types of 3D artwork: character designs, product shots, animation, visual effects, and more.

Learning objectives

        • Navigating 3D space
        • Connecting objects through hierarchies
        • Modeling geometry
        • Sculpting in 3D
        • Creating patch-based surfaces
        • Creating and applying textures and materials
        • Rendering 3D projects

Linked in Learning: Laser Cutting Design for Fabrication, opens a new window

Find out how to design files for laser cutting, the growing technique used in manufacturing and modeling to create precise sheet parts and surface designs, both 2D and 3D. In this course, learn how to format design files for laser manufacturing. Get an overview of laser cutting terminology, machine settings, and the basics of laser safety. Learn which materials are best suited for laser cutting and which materials are unsafe to cut.

Learning objectives

        • How laser cutting works
        • Machine overview
        • Laser cutting materials
        • Types of projects
        • Design considerations
        • Cutting workflow
        • Troubleshooting laser cutters
        • Formatting
        • Laser cutting terminology

Looking for even more online classes to take your learning to the next level?

LinkedIn Learning, opens a new window offers thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. These courses are available anytime and do not require registration. If you’re a Frisco resident these courses are available with your library card. Above are a few of my favorites, but there are thousands of more to choose from, just search by keyword.