Computer Skills Workshops

Please note: Fall 2020 in-class workshops, following AHS guidelines, begin September 14. 

Who can attend these workshops?

  • Work ready Albertans (18 years +) who are currently unemployed or marginally employed (working 20 hours a week or less) and require increased knowledge in computer skills, workplace reading and writing skills, or current job search strategies to enhance their opportunity to find and maintain employment.
  • For Albertans to whom English is a second language, a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5.75 (with each skill area having a minimum score of 5) is required. Weekly tutoring sessions are available for participants who experience language related challenges during the workshops.
  • Employment Insurance (EI) and Income Support (IS) clients are welcome as the hours allow continuation of work search obligations.

Clients will not be permitted to miss more than one class of the workshop (with or without a doctor’s note).  If you know you will miss more than one day of workshop, pleases register into the next available workshop.  

NOTE: A requirement that a minimum of 80% of class attendance per 30 hours session (per week) is expected in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For registration information,  please call Continuing Education at 780-799-0535 or 780.370.2381 or email Continuing Education

NOTE: AHS COVID-19 guidelines will be followed for the in-class sessions.


Computer Fundamentals (30 hours)

In this introductory workshop, you will learn to operate the computer and its applications using Windows 10. You will learn commonly used features and functions, and master document and file management.

Using Internet Explorer, you will become familiar with browsing the internet, using search engines and applying these skills to research online job opportunities.

Using MS Outlook, you will create an email account and learn to use Outlook both as a communication tool and a time management tool in the workplace.

Workplace Reading and Writing Strategies (30 hours)

Improve your reading skills and be ready for typical workplace-related documents. You will use the Preview, Navigate, Skim, Scan, Map and Study-to-Upgrade practices to increase your workplace productivity and reduce the risk of work-related incidents.

Writing in the workplace has evolved over the years and most information is now communicated in the form of a written document, therefore the ability to communicate effectively is key. Through this workshop you will learn writing techniques to convey messages that are professional, clear, and concise for work-related correspondence.

Introductory MS Word (30 hours)

This workshop is designed for those who require the skills necessary to use a word processing application for document creation and use in the workplace. Using Microsoft Word, you will practice creating, modifying and formatting a variety of documents with features such as margins, page numbers, headers, footers, track revisions, tables, clip art, labels, mail merge and more.

Introductory MS Excel (30 hours)

Microsoft Office Excel Foundations starts at the beginning. You will learn how to work with worksheets and workbooks, to analyze data using a variety of features, and to create, modify, and format common business reports such as budgets, inventory reports, invoices, and charts.


Computer Applications (30 hours)
Through a practical hands-on approach you will apply your knowledge of computer applications software to utilize technology to search for jobs. You will use MS Word, your own writing skills and peer reviews to develop a professional resume and cover letter.


Fall 2020 - Session 4 
Course   Code Semester Course Name Date/Day Time Room
CECSW120-CT01 FALL Intro to Word Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2020   (Mon-Fri) 9am - 3:30pm S107
CECSW118-CT01 FALL Intro to Excel Oct. 5-9, 2020   (Mon-Fri) 9am - 3:30pm S107
CECSW122-CT01 FALL Computer Applications Oct. 13-16, 2020   (Tue-Fri) 8:30am-4:30pm S107
Fall 2020 - Session 5 
Course   Code Semester Course Name Date/Day Time Room
CECSW119-CT02 FALL Computer Fundamentals Oct 26- 30, 2020   (Mon-Fri) 9am - 3:30pm S107
CECSW112-CT02 FALL Workplace Reading   & Writing  Nov 2- 6, 2020   (Mon-Fri) 9am - 3:30pm S107
CECSW120-CT02 FALL Intro to Word Nov 9 - 13 (No class   Nov 11) Tue-Fri) 8:30am - 4:30pm S107
CECSW118-CT02 FALL Intro to Excel Nov 16 - 20, 2020   (Mon-Fri) 9am - 3:30pm S107
CECSW122-CT02 FALL Computer Applications Nov 23- 27, 2020   (Mon-Fri) 9am - 3:30pm S107

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On weeks with STAT Holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NOTE: a client may participate in an entire session (5 weeks) or take individual workshops as required, depending on needs