A member of the Dice Community asks:
I work for a small company that doesn’t offer in-house training or tuition assistance and I can’t afford an expensive boot camp. I really need to upgrade my skills, can you help me find free training? Thanks.
Most states offer employers some sort of funding for employee training. So volunteering to find the funds and a qualified training program may be a good first step. For example, the Tech America Foundation provides tax-payer funded training to companies with employees working in California. Pennsylvania provides training grants. Contact your local employment department or check out this list of state training grants to see if your firm qualifies for assistance.
If you’d rather study from the comfortable confines of your home office, many colleges offer free online courses. Search the Internet for open training courses and free tutorials, and see if your alma mater offers continuing education to alumni. There are literally thousands to choose from. Here’s a few to get you started.
- EduChoices.org: Lists free online courses from leading universities such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
- The Place for Free Online Training Courses: Offers free courses in Microsoft skills.
- TechTutorials.net: Offers tutorials, practice tests and study guides for certifications.
- Intelligentedu.com: An IT education and training gateway.
- Khan Academy: Free online courses in programming, business skills, accounting, and more.