Meals on Wheels Rockland

Adult Learning Center

Bringing Computer Skills to Adults

Meals on Wheels operates the Adult Learning Center (ALC), a full-service technology education center run by experienced volunteers devoted to enhancing the technology skills of older adults. Through small classes with individualized instruction, participants, from the novice to the more seasoned technology user, gain valuable skills, and improve technological communication with their family and friends. The Adult Learning Center, along with all of our services, is part of a greater continuum of care that enables older adults to remain as independent as possible and living in their own homes.


All classes are held in a state-of-the-art classroom on the Meals on Wheels campus at 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet and are offered in morning and afternoon sessions, Monday through Friday.

Instruction Information

Each class offers one Instructor and two coaches with a maximum of 8 students per class. Highly individualized attention enables students to learn at their own pace. Each student has the use of an individual computer during class. In classes which do not require the student to use one of the eight desktop computers then more than eight students can attend.

All courses are offered for free! Courses run from one day to six weeks, depending on the course work. For some courses an optional manual is available at a cost of $15.

Classes are offered for the novice to the more advanced student. Whether you need to learn the basics of using a keyboard and mouse or to learn programs that will help you develop more advanced skills, the curriculum includes a variety of class offerings, including Basic Skills, Introduction to Computers using Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Photo Editing using Picasa, Genealogy, and iPad and/or iPhone as examples. Curriculum offerings, however, may change as demand warrants.

It is important to note that the ALC classroom is equipped with an interactive SMART Board. SMART Board technology acts as a huge computer screen in front of the classroom, enabling students to easily follow along with the instructor's lesson on their individual classroom computer.

Open House

The ALC also hosts a monthly "Open House" where students can get personalized help with any specific topic related to a course they have taken at the ALC. In addition, students may get assistance with any software problems they are having. These services are offered at no cost to past and current students.

Contact Us

The teaching of computer skills at Meals on Wheels began in 1998 and has instructed some 3,000 students. Students report that ALC classes have dissipated their "fear" of computers and today's personal electronics technology. Volunteer instructors and coaches find sharing their experience and knowledge is quite fulfilling and the main reason why they enjoy volunteering at the ALC. Anyone who would like to improve their computer skills at any level should consider signing up for an ALC class by calling (845) 623-5467. You will be more than pleased with the results!

Course Offerings

Basic Skills
Develop familiarity with the mouse and the keyboard before advancing to the Introduction to Computers course.
Sessions: 1   -   Course Fee: Free

Introduction to Computers
This course provides an introduction to using a computer, some word processing, accessing the internet and using e-mail.
Sessions: 6   -   Course Fee: Free   -   Manual: $15

Microsoft Word
This course teaches the basic skills of word processing using Microsoft Word. It includes typing and editing simple documents, formatting characters, words, paragraphs, and pages.
Sessions: 4   -   Course Fee: Free   -   Manual: $15

Microsoft Excel
This course teaches the basic skills of spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. It includes manipulating rows and columns and input data and formulae into cells
Sessions: 4   -   Course Fee: Free   -   Manual: $15

Photo Editing With Picasa
You will learn how to use this simple photo editing software. This free software from Google enables you to perform rudimentary digital manipulation of images.
Sessions: 4   -   Course Fee: Free   -   Manual: $15

Tracing Your Roots with Genealogy
Using Family Tree Maker, you will learn how to start a family file. You will gain experience entering information, showing relationships, adding pictures and sound and printing reports. On-line searches of standard and genealogy sources are part of the course.
Sessions: 8   -   Course Fee: Free

You will learn how to use an iPad and change settings to suite your needs
Sessions: 2   -   Course Fee: Free

Computer Maintenance
You will learn how to delete unnecessary files and improve the performance of your computer. Microsoft updates, backing up data, and internet security will also be covered.
Sessions: 1   -   Course Fee: Free

How to Use a Digital Camera
This course covers the basic skills of operating a digital camera. You will also learn how to transfer images from the camera to the computer.
Sessions: 1   -   Course Fee: Free

Open Session
Come to our Open Session with questions on your course material or your computer. We are available to help you on the first Thursday of the month between 1:00 - 3:00 pm.


Eileen Herkes

Phone: (845) 623-5467


121 West Nyack Road,
Nanuet, NY 10954


Day Dates Class
Thu PM Sep 5 & 6 Basic Skills for Beginners
Mon PM Sep 23 - Oct 28 Introduction to Computers
Tue AM Sep 10 - Oct 1 Word Processing
Wed AM Sep 11 - Oct 16 Introduction to Computers
Wed PM Sep 11 - Oct 2 Excel
Thu AM Sep 12 - Oct 17 Genealogy
Thu PM First Thu
of Month
Sep 5

Open House

Fri AM TBA Introduction to Social Media
Fri AM TBA iPads and

AM - 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
PM - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

* Schedule subject to change

Meals on Wheels' Adult Learning Center Founder Honored

Meals on Wheels' Adult Learning Center Volunteer was recently recognized by the Rockland County Times as an unsung hero. Marty Weitzman volunteers at the Adult Learning Center and was a computer instructor and director of the Adult Learning Center for over 13 years. Through his pioneering volunteer efforts, Marty has helped hundreds of seniors become computer literate. Please click on the button below to read more about Marty.

Rockland Times

Non-Computer Courses

For those students who are interested in a diverse array of courses other than computer skills we encourage you to investigate those offered by the LIU Learning Collabrative. Courses include literature, religion, elder law, music and much more.

For additional information about the LIU courses, visit Select Continuing Education-Learning Collabrative or call (845)-359-7200, extension 5434.