Continuing education can be expensive and time consuming. However, some jobs require a little bit of basic knowledge that can only be learned through classroom instruction. Computer skills have become necessary for virtually every job applicant today. Thankfully, Minnesota offers many options for computer classes and basic learning. From one-day workshops to actual degree programs, almost any computer instruction imaginable is available in Minnesota.
Minnesota School of Business
Minnesota School of Business offers classroom instruction at its many locations throughout the state as well as online classes. Many options are available for credit towards a degree or just basic computer knowledge. This is probably the most convenient option for online instruction as well. Classes are geared towards the adult learner wishing to advance in his or her career or train for a new one. Campuses are located throughout Minnesota and in parts of Wisconsin.
Apple Retail Workshops
With the ever-increasing popularity of Macintosh computers, iPads and iPhones, knowledge of these products is becoming an asset. Inside Apple retail stores, classes are offered on how to use these products and get the most out of Apple software. Easy registration is available online and classes are conducted in-store at the “genius bar.” Any retail store offers classes for Apple products but the details vary with location. Apple retail locations in Minnesota include Uptown Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Roseville and Minnetonka.
The Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Science Museum in St. Paul offers rotating exhibits dedicated to the education of the community. Located in the building is a Computer Education Center that provides seminars and classes to help increase computer literacy as well. Classes range from very basic in the class Absolutely Terrified of Computers to more advanced web design classes. Other topics available include social media, desktop publishing and computer skills related to job training. Many of the classes are completed over three to four hours with helpful follow-up information.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
1501 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
A public college in downtown Minneapolis, MCTC offers two-year degree programs for more intense training as well as continuing education for the novice. A wide variety of courses are offered including SeniorNet, a program that teaches basic computer skills to those ages 50 and up. Seniors can learn how to use Facebook applications, access email and browse the internet for a very low cost. Other basic skills including Microsoft applications and Excel skills are offered to the community and no prerequisites are required.
Community centers throughout Minnesota offer low-cost classes to anyone wishing to learn a new skill or revisit an old one. Community education costs often go towards the community itself in order to help provide important programs for everyone. Computer classes at the local community center cover a variety of topics from Excel spreadsheet introduction to desktop publishing. Classes for kids and seniors are offered as well.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.