Workforce Development/Technology Classes

PPL provides important job readiness support and technology skills training through its free technology & computer classes.

Classes are free and open to anyone, no matter the level of knowledge or experience, whether for personal progress or professional application. You may register for a class online through PPL's calendar. If you need assistance, please call (401) 455-8000.

Computer Classes at netWORKri

These classes are offered at the netWORKri One-Stop Center, at One Reservoir Ave. Classes aim to help adults acquire basic computer skills required by today’s workplace, based on the Northstar Digital Literacy curriculum.
Classes are held weekly on Fridays 8:30 am - 10:00 am. If classes are full, you can sign up for the wait list.


Free access to online learning, including more than 3,800 courses from top universities and companies. Certificates are offered for each course completed until December 31, 2020. This program has been launched to assist displaced, unemployed, and underemployed workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Enrollment is open through September 30, 2020 for up to 5,000 Learners.  Complete this form to request your FREE Coursera license, and contact Lina Bravo by cell phone (401) 660-3344 text/call or email .

Data Pathway

The Data Pathway consists of two 10-week courses for adults interested in exploring how to transform data into actionable information through data analysis and visualization. As a key component of our workforce development offerings, the Data Pathway will cover topics including data collection and cleaning, advanced Excel, Tableau, regression analysis, data visualization, etc. Basic Excel knowledge is required.

Essential Excel

We offer three different Excel Essentials classes on rotating Saturdays:

  • "Essentials 1" is a two-hour Excel class for people with little to no MS Excel experience that covers the basics.
  • "Essentials 2" is a two-hour Excel class for people with some experience, that covers Formulas & Functions.
  • "Essentials 3" is a two-hour Excel class for people with some experience, that covers data tools such as Pivot Tables.

These classes are recommended for anyone interested in enrolling in PPL's Data Pathway program.

Rhode Coders

The Rhode Coders Club is a free, 10-week meet-up class for adults interested in learning about the fundamentals of web development coding. During this course, our engaging instructors will walk you through the basics of programming concepts and provide hands-on opportunities for practice and collaboration. PPL is working with state and federal organizations to help facilitate exploration of computer programming/coding for all Rhode Islanders.

Learning Circles

A Learning Circle is a flexible approach to learning using online resources and peer support. A facilitator will guide the discussion, assist learning in accessing online learning materials, and set learning goals. New Learning Circles will be announced as they are organized.


Rhode Island Tableau User Group (RITUG) supports the growing community of Tableau (Data Analytics Application) users with quarterly meetings at PPL to share knowledge, build skills, and connect with other Tableau users. RITUG also hosts free Tableau community service projects — an opportunity to both skill-build and give back. The group is open to all, whether students of data analysis or a wizard. RITUG has been endorsed by Tableau as an official Tableau User Group — the only one in Rhode Island.

PPL Alum Christian Mignacca

Coding was always something of interest to me; I just wasn’t sure if it would be a fit. After studying and working in different fields, I finally found what my brain was designed to do!

- Christian Mignacca

PPL Alum