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Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens

Seniors Training Seniors in Computer Technology


Contact: Rowena Rye, Supervisor @ 206.684.0248 or email Rowena.Rye@seattle.gov

EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY HAS NO AGE LIMITS!

Have you tried to become more comfortable using a computer, laptop or cell phone but given up in frustration? It's not too late.

Seniors Training Seniors

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens offers beginning computer classes Through the Seniors Training Seniors in Computer Technology Program. If you are over 50 years of age you are invited to learn about the classes held at senior and community centers throughout Seattle. Classes are available in Greenwood, Southeast Seattle Lake City, Wallingford and Belltown (downtown Seattle).



Our STS Beginner class is unique in many ways, including:

  • Seniors of all ages learn in a small group (3 to 5)
  • Register with a friend or two and learn why the internet is so exciting!
  • Establish an e-mail account & learn about security
  • Learn how to shop, travel, research the internet using web security tips
  • Easy to read, understand & enjoy your take-home curriculum
  • One computer per person, interactive exercises and lessons
  • Questions always welcome!
  • Volunteer Instructors are your peers & enjoy teaching with humor, patience & kindness
  • Cost is minimal ($10 - member to $15.00 non-member)
  • 2 day class / 4 hrs. each day plus 1 hour for lunch/breaks (8 hours total training)

Our Specialized Mentoring program is for seniors comfortable with technology who need one-to-one assistance to address specific needs:


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  • You have questions / challenges and are ready for 1-1 assistance)
  • You have an Apple computer or laptop & need extra instruction
  • You have a new laptop (not Apple) and need help
  • You have a cellphone or smart phone and need help to use it properly.
  • You need help and don't know where to begin

As a member of one of the Senior/Community Centers listed above, the cost for 1-1 is $5.00 per hour for a member... a non-member cost is $7.00 per hour.

STS Volunteer Instructors will contact each person who has registered for Mentoring and will discuss what their particular needs are. The instructors will schedule the day and time and provide the extra instruction for the student’s particular needs.

JOB SEEKERS: Classes are available if you are age 55 and over. You must first register with the 55+ Employment Resource Center. As a registered client of the Employment Resource Center you will have the opportunity to take Microsoft Office classes.

Pre-requisites: These classes require current knowledge of keyboarding (35wpm); MS Windows 7, e-mail, and internet. Classes are File Management, Word 2010 Level One and Level Two, Excel 2010 Level One and Level Two; Publisher, PowerPoint and special workshops.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer Instructor or Assistant Instructor?

Computer-savvy persons age 50+ are encouraged to apply for volunteer instructor positions. Youth and younger adults are welcome to apply to serve as volunteer assistants.

Contact: Rowena Rye, Supervisor @ 206.684.0248 or email Rowena.Rye@seattle.gov

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.