This page contains a number of computer and computer training related resources that might be helpful for Computer Admins and residents.

Computer Training Classes
Here are some resources for free online computer training classes.
Khan Academy
Goodwill Community Foundation
Home and Learn
Udemy’s classes aren’t free but most cost under $20.00.
Techboomers offers a variety of free courses including courses on how to use popular websites and mobile apps.
Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
This site offers a variety of video tutorials geared for seniors who want to learn how to use computers and software.
Northstar Digital Literacy

This site is a paid service but assessments are free for individuals to take.

Here are some resources for in person classes


Literacy Minnesota
St. Paul Public Library

PCs For People

Low Cost Computers/ Internet

PCs For People
PCs For People provides both low cost computers and Internet service. Their Internet service costs $15 a month.
Comcast Internet Essentials
Comcast offers low cost Internet with the basic plan costing $10 a month and Internet Essentials Plus, costing $30 a month. They also have an option to purchase a low cost computer system if you qualify for Internet Essentials.
Affordable Connectivity Program
This program provides up the $30 in credit for Internet or Cell phone service each month. You may have already been notified by your Internet provider if you qualify for this program.
You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.
If you qualify, you need to enroll with a provider that offers connected devices.
Here is the list of providers for Minnesota.

Printer Ink
Cartridge#- MFC-6870DW
TN450 (High Yield)
MFC- L2710DW

Where to purchase:



Office Depot

4inkjets, Amazon, and Newegg usually have the best prices. You will be getting a remanufactured cartridge from the first two so there may be a slight decrease in the number of copies you will get per cartridge compared to an HP branded one.

Be sure to read reviews when looking for ink on sites like Amazon. You want to be sure the cartridge includes the chip which tells the printer how much ink is left.
It’s best to by toner cheap and in bulk. Even if you only get 2500 pages from a cartridge it will still be less to purchase several of the cheap cartridges than one HP cartridge.



Office Depot


Officemax and Staples often have good deals on cases of paper. It is also helpful to sign up for their rewards cards as they have a number of extra deals and coupons throughout the year.

Routers, RAM, Wi-Fi cards and adapters


Ebay is also a good option for computer parts like this.

Best Buy

Radio Shack


Keyboards, Mice
Target and Wal-Mart are options.
Another good option is to check Goodwill and thrift stores like Unique and ARC Value Village. You can often find good keyboards and mice for very low prices there.

Computer/Office Furniture

Twin Cities Freecycle

Twin Cities Free Market



Sears and Macys outlet stores

SOS Office Furniture

Thrift stores, Goodwill, and garage and estate sales are also good options.

This list is continually being added to and expanded. If you know of other options or have suggestions of things to add to the list, please send them to the contact address web (at)