Saturday, April 23, 2011

About Us

        The Neighborhood Computer Project is a non-profit organization in Syracuse, New York whose mission is to help limited-income, seniors, disabled, unemployed, immigrants, youth, and health impaired populations by offering computer training and services through our lab.  The purpose of the organization is to encourage the cultivation of skills, promote employability, enhance education, enrich lives, and build community through our programs.

        Through our computer classes you can enter into the vast world of opportunities that exist with computer knowledge.  Our courses cover topics including basic PC literacy, e-mail, general Internet usage, Internet job searching, keyboarding, Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel), and much more.  All of our computer courses are free and the lab is open to the public during the following hours: 

Open Lab Hours:
Weekdays:  9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturdays: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Please call (315) 399-4699 for computer availability and class enrollment before coming!

We are now taking reservations of the computer lab for private use!
Call or send us an email at for additional details.

Current Classes

*Certificates are offered for Microsoft Office 2007 courses and are taught by a Microsoft certified instructor and a certificate is offered based on attendance of course.

Introduction to Computers / PC Literacy
Basic skills, Windows terminology, components of a computer system.

Windows 7
Learn to use the latest operating system available for PCs. Navigate through the new commands and become familiar with the setup of the newest technology in computers.

How To Set Up an E-mail Account
Create your own e-mail address and learn the features of e-mail.

Introduction to the Internet
Learn about the World Wide Web.  It has become a vast source of information.  Learn how to search using various browsers and search engines.

Conducting an Internet Job Search
A majority of job opportunities, local and national, are now found online.  This class covers various websites and how to apply for positions.

Keyboarding with Mavis Beacon
A self-paced course.  The instructor is present to guide the student and provide insightful tips to improve your keystroke abilities.

Microsoft Word I*
For beginners just starting word processing.  Learn to create, edit, save, and open documents.

Microsoft Excel I*
Create and format spreadsheets, including cell referencing, formulas, and functions.

Microsoft Word II and Excel II*
Advanced classes for after the completion of level I courses.

Microsoft Outlook*
Learn to create, edit, save, open e-mails using Outlook.

Introduction to Internet I
Learn to navigate the internet using Internet Explorer.

Introduction to Internet II
Learn to navigate the internet using Mozilla Firefox.

Introduction to Internet III
Learn to navigate the internet using Google Chrome.


Email us at to Volunteer!

Why you should volunteer at the Neighborhood Computer Project:

1) You will make a difference in our students’ lives!
2) You don’t need to be a computer expert to help!
3) Have fun with a diverse group of people!
4) Be part of a great community of like-minded volunteers!
5) Help people enter the age of computing!

6) You will provide vital services for community members!
7) You will have flexible hours!
8) We will verify your hours if you need community service!
9) You can add experience here to your resume!
10) We have a lot of fun!

Helpful Links

Janet’s Computer Consulting Service:
If you need PC help, have general computer issues, trouble with your internet, or would like private lessons regarding basic navigation in Windows as well as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), click here for information!

Job Seekers:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Our Partners:
The First English Lutheran Church                      
The Literacy Coalition                                           
Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center         
Literacy Volunteers                                               
Lutheran Campus Ministries                               

GED Information:
Onondaga GED         
New York State GED

Search Engines:                                                                               

Social Networking Sites:                                                                                      

Helpful Links/Computer Help/Downloads/Freeware:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Please donate to the Neighborhood Computer Project!
Donations are appreciated at any amount. 

You can donate safely and securely using PayPal clicking the donate button below and completing your transaction on the PayPal website!

What your donations help us do:

  •  Keep our program going!
  •  Help the refugees in the community
  •  Continue to work with our literacy program 
  •  Fight unemployment
  •  Acquire a laptop to work on literacy and people unable to navigate stairs
  •  Keep senior citizens from becoming isolated
  •  Provide support for people with mental disabilities
  •  Make small group instruction, even one on one, a possibility
  •  Afford printing (ink, toner, paper)
     for lesson plans so students can follow
  •  Support our daily operation costs
  •  Allow inidividuals to learn the skills
     necessary to go to college or advance professionally


To view the calendar and descriptions of courses, click the week tab link.

Starting in September we will be open for classes.

If you are interested in classes, please give us a call after September 7, 2012 for classes starting the third week of September.

Inquire about our new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2010 classes.

We are still offering beginner courses in Windows 7, Email, various Internet courses,
Facebook, and Social networking. We are also offering other courses such as Craigslist, E-bay, Digital photography and storage, Card-making, posting on YouTube, burning CD's and DVD's, etc.


Visit Us

To come to classes or open lab time, please call (315) 399-4699 before you
come to ensure that the lab is open that day and time!

We are located on the second floor of the First English Lutheran Church at 501 James Street in Syracuse, NY.  We can accommodate those who cannot navigate stairs.

By Bus:
On the Centro busline from downtown, we are at the stop before crossing Townsend Street right in front of the church.

By Car:
There is free parking in rear of the church

Look for the mural and use the rear entrance