Free Educational Opportunities
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Community Centers
- County Conservation Offices
- Craft Stores
- Department of Human Services
- Ethnic Organizations
- Home Improvement Stores
- Public Libraries
- Specialized Schools and Organizations (such as Deaf Schools)
- Community Colleges/ University Extension Offices
...May Offer These Classes
- Adult Literacy
- Alternative Energy
- American Sign Language
- Arts and crafts
- Bible Literacy
- Caring for Special Illnesses/Disorders
- Creative Writing
- English as a Second Language
- Fitness/Weight Loss
- Foreign Languages
- Foster/Adoption Preparation
- GPS Use
- Gun/Hunter Safety
- Home Improvement
- Internet Commerce
- Life Skills
- Tax Assistance
- Water and Land Conservation
- Wildlife and Nature
While the cost of a college education far outpaces the rate of inflation, learners are beginning to question whether a degree is worth the expense. After all, the real purpose of education is not to get a good grade or a fancy piece of paper, but to learn something beneficial that will prove valuable for the rest of your life.
There's no question that education benefits everyone wanting to advance their career or improve their quality of life. Even those who already have a college degree need to pursue lifelong learning to stay competitive and motivated.
Those who are looking for learning opportunities, either to supplement their resume, earn a promotion, or simply to learn a useful skill, should research free learning opportunities in their area.
Tips for Locating Free Classes:
- Check out clubs and organizations you already belong to and find out what they offer.
- If you live in a small town, branch out into neighboring communities. Start a carpool with your friends.
- Start with organizations that may have specific ties to the topic you want to study. For example, the YMCA is an obvious choice for health and fitness, and a Presbyterian Church, with ties to Scotland, may host Scottish Highland Dancing. For classes about specific cultures, check out churches or community centers that originated with that culture.
- Don't assume that an organization won't have a class you are looking for without contacting them to find out. Many organizations have diverse offerings in order to fulfill their mission of community service.
- Avoid free "seminars" that promise to teach you how to build wealth with little work. They are always selling something, and they want you to sell it, too.
- When using the internet to search for classes, narrow the search by using a format such as "free budgeting classes omaha". Make sure to specify where you are searching for a class, and if possible the type of class. Do it separately for each community in your area that you are considering.
- If you belong to a profession that requires regular training to maintain a license, such as childcare or foster parenting, contact your licensing organization for a schedule of free classes.
Take the time to discover all of the free educational opportunities available to you!
Online Learning Opportunities
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