Are you an older adult in New York City? Want to get professional hands-on training for basic skills needed to use today’s top tech? Consider paying a visit to the Senior Planet Exploration Center!
It’s located at 127 West 25th Street, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan Island in New York City. Stop by to register for courses, attend a seminar in progress, use a computer, take advantage of the free wi-fi, or even have some fun with a video game!
The Senior Planet Exploration Center offers courses on basic computer skills, usually lasting either 5 or 10 weeks, with 1 or 2 sessions per week. Courses are offered on topics such as:
- Computer basics
- Internet basics
- Social media basics
- Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Tablet computers
- Digital cameras
- Basic website creation
- Online job-searching
- Basic e-commerce (e.g. online classified and auction sites like EBay, Kijiji, Etsy, Craigslist, etc.)
To see what courses are currently being offered:
Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on The Center in the left-hand menu.
Click Current Courses in the left-hand menu.
In addition to courses, the center also holds lectures, seminars, and one-on-one skill building sessions throughout the week. To see what’s coming up:
Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on Calendar in the left-hand menu.
Look for any event that has a blue or green title. Click on it for more information.
See our tutorial on Senior Planet Events tutorial for more information.
How to Sign Up for Courses and Workshops
There are three general ways to sign up for Senior Planet courses and workshops:
Visit the Senior Planet Exploration Center directly at 127 West 25th Street in New York City, and fill out a written application.
Reserve a spot at a workshop by emailing “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Call Senior Planet’s support team at 646-590-0615.
Note that registration for course packages takes place quarterly (i.e. every three months or so). If you miss the registration deadline, you may have to wait until the next quarter in order to sign up for courses.
Also note that some workshops, seminars, and lectures may not require you to R.S.V.P.; you can just show up to the Senior Planet Exploration Center at the appointed time and join in!