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Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens

Computer Classes

Seniors Training Seniors

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens offers computer classes for adults age 50+ taught by fellow seniors. Peer trainers share their expertise and enthusiasm at a comfortable pace. Ample time and small class size allow seniors to learn in a safe and relaxed atmosphere, without intimidation.

Participants can learn everything from beginning word processing and Internet skills, to e-mail and e-mail attachments, to advanced photo editing. One-on-one tutoring is also available. These skills have inspired many to connect with family members and friends across the country and around the world, and to seek encore careers (paid or unpaid).

Fees are modest and classes are available in downtown, north, northeast and West Seattle.

Register for Fall Classes

The Program Coordinator interviews new students, and may schedule a hands-on skills assessment, to determine proper class placement. This ensures that the best possible use of time, for students and teachers, and the highest-quality instruction.

Please contact Program Coordinator Patti-lyn Bell at or by phone at 206-684-0639 after August 16. Classes will be held in North Seattle, Northeast Seattle, Southeast Seattle, Downtown and Belltown. Classes are daytime only, between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Class sizes are small with a maximum of six students per class. One-to-one mentoring is available at some sites.

For Job Seekers: You must first register with the 55+ Employment Resource Center. Classes begin in September, and will include File Management using Windows Explorer, MS Word I and II, Publisher, Excel I and II, PowerPoint, and an Extended Learning Workshop.

Volunteer as Instructors and Assistants

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.


To register for computer classes or volunteer to teach computer classes, contact Patti-lyn Bell, Program Coordinator, at 206-684-0639.

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.