It is no secret that the economy is struggling. With high unemployment rates and competition for jobs as cut-throat as ever, this is probably a very good time to learn some new skills. Like it or not, there are so many advanced computer software programs that you need to know beyond the familiar Microsoft Office. And even if you don’t know Office, this is a great place to start. Here are some great places in Denver to learn a new skill to add to your resume.
Colorado Free University
7653 E. 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
Colorado Free University is one of a kind in Colorado. No, the classes aren’t free, but they are very low cost. And Colorado Free University is the only place in town where you can learn how to make cheese just a few doors down from learning how to use the Adobe Creative Suite software. The CompuSkills side of Colorado Free University provides excellent hands-on training in everything from blogging to Microsoft Office to just about every Adobe product on the market. The prices are very reasonable and the professors are all professionals in their fields. Looking to finally figure out how to use Quickbooks? Start here.
Denver Public Library
10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
Today’s public library is so much more than books. The Denver Public Library has a huge variety of computer and technical classes. Most of the classes are for the beginning learners and range from learning Microsoft PowerPoint to Internet Skills and even Beginning Photoshop. If you are just starting out and need to de-mystify the computer, then head to the Denver Public Library.
Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
You don’t have to enroll in a full degree to get the benefit of a few computer classes at a local community college. Arapahoe Community College offers fast one- and two-day computer courses to teach you what you need to know to enhance your resume. With classes on social networking, mobile computing, building networks and all of the Microsoft Office products, there is something for every level of computer learner. There are also many online offerings as well as in-class options, so you can even take a class from your home computer while wearing your pajamas.
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Mission Critical Training
621 17th St., Suite 1140
Denver, CO 80293
(303) 383-1627 ext. 5
Mission Critical Training is a local company providing hands-on, practical training in Microsoft Software products as well as technical training and professional development. With possibilities for online classes, private classes or even customizable training, there are a lot of different options and structures to meet your computer-learning needs. The classes are small and this program even allows you to re-take a class that you’ve already taken for up to six months from the original date, in case you missed something or just want to be sure you really understand.
Denver Open Media
700 Kalamath St.
Denver, CO 80204
If graphic design and media software programs have you puzzled, then Denver Open Media is the perfect place to clear up that confusion. Classes are taught by media professionals and cover everything from Final Cut to iMovie to Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Video Media. Denver Open Media may seem like it’s only for the advanced learner, but there are plenty of beginning courses. There are also basic courses on subjects like Google Docs and Introduction to the Mac. So clearly there is something here for everyone as well.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.