Technology Classes

Computer & Job Skills Classes

Free computer classes are offered in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (2013) and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Course descriptions and schedules are listed below.  The free classes meet in the Blount County Public Library’s new Learning Lab (outside the library in the former First Tennessee Bank branch building) unless otherwise *noted. For those with no previous computer experience, you will nee to practice using a mouse before you may enroll. Here are a few practice websites available:  and  


Spaces are limited and registration is required. To register, please visit the library's Adult Services Desk (Reference) or call 865-982-0981, option 3, or 865-273-1428. Sign up no earlier than one month prior to a class.

Class Information

It's Your Career Soft Skills Training Classes

Once a Month on Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • “It’s Your Career,” will be a part of an ongoing series of Soft Skill workshops designed to take your career to the next level. Class format features a short lecture on each topic, case studies discussion in small groups and resources for use in businesses and organizations. Bring your laptop or tablet, or one will be provided for your use. This class will be at the Blount County Public Library’s new Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.

For Class Synopsis & Registration Information

ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program for Young Adults (18-26):  Registration Required

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The ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program is made possible through a generous grant from the ARCONIC Foundation. It is provided by the Institute of International Education, Blount Partnership, Blount County Public Library and the Blount County Friends of the Library..

Paid Internship Program For Young Adults Interested in Manufacturing Careers:

Are you between the ages of 18 – 26 and would you like to get paid to intern at a local manufacturer? Join us January 28 through 
March 13, 2019 
to gain training and real-world, hands-on manufacturing experience with the possibility of getting hired permanently. Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Contact Jackie Taylor-Tente with questions and to register, at 865-680-7668 or  For More Information go to   Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The program consists of three components:

1)   January 28 – February 15:  3 weeks of Workforce Readiness Training (60 hours)
  •      Training will run 1-5 p.m., Monday - Friday.  During this time participants will receive training in skills needed to obtain and maintain a job in the manufacturing field.  Participants will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of this component.
2)   February 18 March 8:  100 hours of hands-on manufacturing experience interning with a Blount County   

  •      The Internship will be at a local manufacturer where participants will be paid $10/hr. for 100 hours, get hands-on job experience, and potentially get certifications such as forklift operation.
3)   March 11, 12 and 13:  3 half-days of Follow-up, Career Fair and Graduation
  •      Participants then return for Follow-up, Career Fair and Graduation. Participants will receive a $60 stipend upon completion of this component. 
Participants must complete all three components.

Open Lab – Ages 16 and Up
 Saturday,   9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1st Saturday of Each Month)
  • Ages 16 and up come play with all the cool tech in the Learning Lab! This month’s focus will be on microcontrollers using Sparkfun’s Inventor’s Kit an easy introduction to Arduinos. Other lab equipment includes 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a heat press, and other small electronics. Learn more about materials costs, equipment certification, and lab policies by emailing  This will be in the Learning Lab, a stand-alone building on Cusick Street, across from the library’s outdoor sign.


Need help with technology and don’t know where to start?  Have a tough research question? Need a new resume?  Having trouble with R.E.A.D.S.? Go to  to complete a registration form to schedule assistance from a professional library staff member, and get help setting up your own personal learning plan using library resources.