Unless you’re living under a rock, learning how to use a computer is an important investment you’ll have to make sooner or later. Although you can probably learn on your own, you might want to attend a formal class to help you get started more quickly. Here are ways to find a computer school near you:
Decide which course you want to take.
It’s important to determine the type of computer lessons you want before looking for a computer school because some schools may offer more lessons than you need. Do you need a school that offers only basic computer use or would you prefer a certificate course in a certain computer language?
If you want to make computers your career, you might have to take formal lessons, which usually last from 6 months to two years or more. If you know what you want out of your computer school, you can avoid spending more time, money and effort on lessons you don’t really need.
Check with your community college or university.
Computer classes for kids and adults are regularly opened by colleges and universities. Even local high schools might offer basic to advanced lessons.
For formal study, however, it’s best to check with the school’s information technology or computer studies department. Their program director will be more than glad to discuss with you the kind of lessons you want to take. These schools usually provide you with a certificate of completion after you finish a course.
You can look for schools near your location using sites such as ComputerSchools.com, Computer-Schools.us, All-Computer-Schools.com and InternationalStudentGuidetotheUSA.com.
If you prefer to work on your own and want to take lessons at your own pace, try computer schools that offer online courses. The same lessons will be offered by computer schools for these so you definitely will not be missing anything. There are also online computer schools offering live interaction with the instructor and fellow students, so it’s easier for you to clarify lessons and share information.
Go to a computer camp.
Instead of sending your child to a computer school, let him attend a computer camp. Most computer or technology camps are residential camps, so expect your child to stay on-campus or in a certain area. Computer camps can be a fun alternative to computer schools because lessons are intensive and there are plenty of other things to do.
Choosing a computer school
Choose a computer school that offers the courses you need at prices you can afford. Make sure you are comfortable with the instruction style and format and that the schedule fits your working and living arrangements.