Rec Tech Labs

Rec Tech Lab LogoRec Tech Labs are designed to provide Saint Paul residents access to free computer classes and trainings. From learning the basics of how a computer works, to navigating the internet, to perfecting your proficiency of Microsoft Office Suite programs, to coding, to prepping for a full-time career in technology, these classes provide you with the skills, support and knowledge to redefine what it means to be "tech savvy". 

Rec Tech Classes

Classes are ongoing and can be joined at any time. Students may work at their own pace and progress to the next class when ready. 

Intro to Digital Learning & Office Suite

Digital Literacy is the basics of developing a fundamental understanding of computers which entails students completing the five (5) basic courses. The Digital Literacy course help students:

  • Learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence
  • Be more productive online
  • Stay safe online
  • Receive exposure to careers where they can put their skills to work

Hundreds of software applications are available today. This course explores the most common productivity software application used in schools and in homes. The course teaches your students how to:

  • Choose the right software for their projects.
  • Learn the fundamentals of:
    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Presentation Software
    • Databases

Certification Opportunities

Digital Literacy Certificate Test: The Digital Literacy Certificate Test consists of 30 questions that cover key points from all five of the Digital Literacy courses.  When your student has completed the test, they will get a Learning Plan with links to the course lessons that they will need to review to ensure mastery of all the topics. Once the student receives a passing score, they will be invited to personalize and print the Digital Literacy Certificate.

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Smart Tech Ed for Me

Classes utilize popular internet games and websites for students to apply these STEM concepts to their every day lives. 

Mindcraft: This course teaches students about placing blocks and going on adventures. It’s set in an infinity-generated world of wide open terrain to include icy mountains, swampy bayous, vast pastures and more - filled with secrets, wonders and perils.
Intro to Coding: Students will be introduced to entry level coding using a variety of applications.

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Tech for Teens

Teens may already be masters of Mindcraft but the skills taught in these classes will bring their game to a whole new level. With more challenging concepts being introduced, these teens may discover an interesting career path for their future! 

Mindcraft: This course teaches students about placing blocks and going on adventures. It’s set in an infinity-generated world of wide open terrain to include icy mountains, swampy bayous, vast pastures and more - filled with secrets, wonders and perils.
Intro to Coding: Students will be introduced to entry level coding using a variety of applications.

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Technology Career Fundamentals (Prerequisites Required)

Students become familiar with general networking concepts and the technologies. Students should have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows-based networking, network management tools, DNS, TCP/IP, names resolution process, and network protocols and topologies. If you are looking for a future career in technology or have previously worked in the field and are looking to expand your skills to advance your career, this is the class for you! 

Certification Opportunities

Microsoft certification gives your student the power to chart their own course, fulfill their ambition, and realize their potential.        

  • Microsoft Office Certifications: Students can progress through the Productivity courses and IT Infrastructure courses and be prepared to take certification exams for Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification: Students can progress through the Networking Fundamentals course and after completion elect to take the Microsoft Certification 98-366 certification exam and become MTA Certified.

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Rec Tech Labs are made possible through partnerships between the City of Saint Paul and the non-profit organization Osiris. The Saint Paul Office of Technology and Communications built the lab infrastructure in the City's recreation centers, the department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity funded the Microsoft licensing and fees, and nonprofit Osiris provides the structured training and programming.