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Date: 9/17/13 10:50 PM

I was looking for a class to take. Something that would improve my resume and get me out in the world. (This came up in the Long term unemployed / how do you stay motivated thread started by a different PR member)

My search was a miserable failure for various reasons -
most classes were for degree-seeking students only
classes cancelled long ago, but still on the schedule
classes which are really 2 day seminars costing several thousand dollars each
nearly useless topics like how to search the internet
really useless classes like 'how to put surprise in your life'

:roll eyes:

I was SURE I could find something at a community college. Nope. They offer less than ever. They do list some interesting online classes - but I noticed that they all offer THE SAME online classes. Turns out none of the classes originate at any of the community colleges. Each school's site directs you to their online classes - which are really done through a company called ed2go. I've never heard of them.

The classes are presented on the school's sites, but dont have a connection to the schools. If I took one of these classes, I wouldnt have any local support or resources - no access to an academic library, no computer lab, no seredipitous learning, no career placement office, nothing. I dont even know how I could prove I took a class at all.

Does anyone have experience with the ed2go people?

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Date: 9/18/13 1:17 AM

I've taken a few classes with ed2go. One was an accounting class and one was a budgeting class (long ago, not sure of the name of it). They were the ones that cost about $89 to $100. They were both great as I just wanted to learn the subject matter, not get college credit. You can ask questions almost anytime, work at your own pace in a sense and start when you want as the classes are ongoing. They are not play classes, though, they expect you to work.

The seminars such as paralegal, medical transcriptionist, administrative assistant etc. are offered at a nearby community college here on weekends and as you said cost in the $1000s. They prepare you to take exams for the licenses and are intense. More and more of the classes are becoming accredited, especially the ones for teachers' continuing education credits, but still I don't know how this would look to an employer.

Maybe you should check out something like Kaplan Kaplan University I think they are very expensive compared to community colleges.

I don't know about their accredited courses, but those trying to obtain insurance licenses use Kaplan.

-- Edited on 9/18/13 1:19 AM --

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Date: 9/18/13 1:58 AM

DH took some classes through the unemployment board... there were about 6 different ones offered & those are free. You might want to check where you live ... here you do need to register in advance & are only allowed to take them once per course. Doesn't hurt to ask.

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Date: 9/18/13 9:24 AM

Thanks Sweetsong. Its good to know their classes have actual and educational. I think I'll give ed2go a try. At 99 dollars I cant go too far wrong. To make the online thing work I have to force myself to spend real money on a new laptop. Class or no, I'm going ot need one just to keep looking for a job. All the babying in the world isnt going to get this laptop through another six months.

I just checked out Kaplan - theyre definitelyl legit, but very expensive. They dont have a presence in my state, which means I'd be limited in what I could take. Plus, it looks like they dont offer classes on an individual basis - you have to commit to get a certificate or degree. That was something I found with other schools too - no continuing education - you have to commit to getting a certificate track (which is composed of several classes which cost thousands of dollars) or commit to a degree track. I guess thats how they maximize profit.

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Date: 9/18/13 9:41 AM

Good luck with your online classes. That is a great idea! After my own prolonged period of unemployment I have gone back to school FULL time! (Can you say "thank you, Pell Grant"? ) Its too bad, though, that you couldn't find a live class. Getting out of the house and being with other people really makes you feel connected again after the loss of a job.

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Date: 9/18/13 9:53 AM

Hey tgm and Kittys.
Once upon a time I THOUGHT our unemployment office would be good for something. Stupid me. I thought there would be paths to training or continuing education. Nope.

Backtracking for a minute....'technically'....there IS some training/education available, but its a mystery as to who qualifies. I need to explain. If you express interest in job training (which YOU pay for) or education (most of which YOU pay for) of some sort, they take you to a room, and have you take a 'test' on a computer. Score too low? No-Training-For-You. Score too high? No-Training-For-You. Also - you dont get to know how you did on the test. P.S. - I took one of these in a grouup of maybe seven people hoping for training in bookeeping/ med tech/ etc. NO ONE advanced. Not even one single person. Messed up, right?

In my state, unemployment has been privatized. The 'unemployment office' is now part of the department of small business which has contracted the thing out to a huge, private, for-profit corrporation. They have several locations and each is run like a little fiefdom. These fiefdoms have been given control over thousands and thousands of unemployed people. The whole arrangement should be investigated by 20/20 and 60 minutes. Its that bad.

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Date: 9/18/13 10:50 AM

Have you considered Kahn University. All classes FREE. Forever. Amazing reputation.

More info here.

Oops. Rereading your initial post, maybe you want to go somewhere and study or get a piece of paper that says you took the class. Sorry.
-- Edited on 9/18/13 10:52 AM --

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Date: 9/18/13 10:54 AM

Coursera is also free and offers a certification type program that's very inexpensive.

Coursera

I'm taking a couple of classes there and have been very impressed.

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Date: 9/18/13 1:15 PM

Not the OP, but these other institutions look great, too.!

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Date: 9/19/13 11:42 AM

hi, another resource is a women's center. We have one at our local community college. Although I haven't visited it recently I did attend a seminar once which was very worthwhile. The aim of the center is to make a women "economically independent" so they have a job club, resources,testing, counselors etc. All for free.
Hope this helps.

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