isplaced ConocoPhillips refinery workers Ralph Griffith and Fred Chazin are spending many hours these days learning computer skills free of charge, compliments of Delaware County Community College (DCCC), PA CareerLink®, and the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB).

“This has been absolutely great,” said Chazin, 59, vice president of the United Steelworkers Union (USU) Local 10-234. He worked for ConocoPhillips for 38 years, most of the time in warehouse and industry control.

Chazin and Griffith, 57, who worked at the refinery for 23 years, most recently offloading oil from ships and trains, were so impressed by the caliber of the “Computer Basics” classes that they have signed up for the next set of classes, “Resumes with Microsoft Word.”

“It’s been 38 years since I had to fill out a resume,” said Chazin, of Springfield.

“I’m looking forward to the advanced class,” said Griffith, of Trainer, adding that the classes have helped take the fear out of computing for him.

Both computer courses are held at the Union Hall, 1520 Chichester Ave. in Linwood, and are just one of many ways DCCC is helping dislocated workers receive training to improve their skills, seek new careers and rebound from being laid-off.

The 12-hour Computer Basics course provides instruction on computer hardware components, how to use a mouse, Windows navigation, storage, printing and the Internet. Students learn to create an email address, tools and techniques associated with email, online job search and how to post a resume online. Classes are from 8 A.M. to Noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, through April 5th.

The 12-hour Resumes with Microsoft Word course, the next step up from the Computer Basics class, teaches students how to use Word to create and customize a resume and cover letter. Students learn the fundamentals of Word, including templates….

For more on this story please see the March 21-27 edition of the Chester Spirit.

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