Now through Aug. 1, free computer basics workshops for adults will be available at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC). Classes will be taught by AmeriCorps member Alex Tharp and will cover email and using the internet, Microsoft Word and Google Docs and resume writing. Individual appointments are also available for individual assistance with smartphones, tablets and laptops. Tharp (right) provides free assistance with using smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Anyone interested in becoming more comfortable with smartphones or tablets or who needs an email account or wants to understand Google Docs may find help available at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

Through Aug. 1, SVHEC will host free digital literacy workshops provided by AmeriCorps member Alex Tharp. Tharp is a fourth-grade teacher in Granville County, North Carolina, and is serving with AmeriCorps this summer to provide digital literacy instruction and assist with STEM outreach.

“When we piloted the digital literacy workshop series last year, it was very successful, and we found there was a great need for this type of training. We’re thrilled to have Alex here to offer this important programming again,” said Hope Harris-Gayles, SVHEC associate director of communications and outreach.

The digital literacy workshop series kicked off on Monday, July 15, with a group session on email and using the internet. The July 22 class will cover Microsoft Word and Google Docs, and July 29 will focus on writing resumes and cover letters.

In addition to the workshops, Tharp is also offering one-on-one assistance with personal computing devices (smartphones, tablets, and laptops). Walk-in assistance is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 16-Aug. 1. Assistance is available by appointment only on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All sessions will be taught in the SVHEC’s Innovation Center at 820 Bruce Street, South Boston.

“I cannot wait to teach and learn from members of this amazing community,” Tharp said.

For more information on the digital literacy workshop series or to sign up for a session, email or call 434-572-5446.