***This is the 7th of 30 installments about free resources for homeschooling***
PREFACE/ENCOURAGEMENT/PONTIFICATION: Only 40% of US college-age adults (age 25-64) have a college degree. I was shocked when I saw this. Marketing has done a great job of making people think that a college-degree is necessary to living a great, productive life – but it’s not required. More and more organizations are providing training for free – many businesses/corporations/organizations realize that it’s not official training and certifications that make people productive. They know that people need to be trained and educated, but it’s more the case of good character and learning what’s really pertinent to their job.
I’m not in any way devaluing a college education, but rather upholding that one doesn’t need a degree to succeed or provide value (though many times one just has to play the game…).
For those who are interested in going into IT, here are free ways to learn what you’re getting into. I highly suggest pursuing any free training about what you think you’re interested in before you actually spend too much time, effort, and money, only to figure out that it’s not what you’re interested in. Don’t fall for the hype about “This is THE job of the future!”
8 Free Online Courses to Grow Your Tech Skills
Cybrary – This is a brand new (as of Jan 2015) site dedicated to IT Security. Great site! You can get CEUs here.
MIT – http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/
Lots of different courses here, but you’ll find free computer courses among them.
http://itfreetraining.com/ – straightforward site, good training
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/technology – Easy to use, basic training, good for teaching the basics to your kids (or