Digital Literacy

  • The St. Cloud Great River Regional Library offers a free service called The Northstar Basic Computer Skills Certificate program. This program is aimed at helping adults acquire the skills they need in today’s workplace. The free self-guided set of online course consists of six modules:

    • Basic Computer Skills
    • Internet
    • Email
    • Word Processing (Word)
    • Windows OS
    • MAC OS

    The modules are based on basic computer competency benchmarks. Adults can be certified as competent in one or more of the modules through testing in a setting supervised by an Adult Basic Education instructor. Earning a certificate shows employers that the applicant knows the basic skills in that area, and it can also boost the confidence of the job-seeker and enhance his or her resume. To learn more go to or contact a library staff member at 320-650-2500 Ext. 6211.

    Digital Literacy classes are designed to help adults improve their skills around using computers, smart phones, the internet, and other devices.   Classes also help students use technology to find, evaluate, and use needed information in multiple contexts.
    Like reading, writing, and math skills, digital literacy is a crucial skill-set needed by all adult learners.  Our instruction is designed to give you the skills you need to survive and thrive in the 21st century, including job seeking skills, the use of technology-aided learning tools, and locating important information.  Much of the instruction learners receive are based on the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards.  These standards are official and supported by the Minnesota Department of Education.
    For more information about these opportunities, please call our office at (320) 529-6500, x6211, or email us at
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