Virtually every sector of the economy uses technology to operate, so computer skills are critical to get hired or advance one’s career. There are many ways to get computer training through local colleges and private schools, with the latter sometimes offering classes that can be completed in only a few sessions. But buyers beware; the State of California’s Bureau for Private Post-secondary Education says that prospective students should verify that a school in any field of study is licensed. Certifications earned through unlicensed schools may not be valid or applicable in the workplace. Read on for some of the best computer classes offered in the Sacramento area.

AcademyX Expert Computer Training
180 Promenade Circle, Suite 110
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 333-5710

AcademyX offers a wide range of courses that can take anywhere from one day to 24 weeks to complete. A large number of businesses today need employees with social media skills, and a two-day class in fundamentals could be well worth the $795 cost. People interested in starting a small business might consider a one-day, $395 course in WordPress, a free online tool used to create blogs and websites. Fundamental and advanced courses in HTML are available for $495 and $350 respectively. Individuals who are unemployed may be eligible for discounts of 20 to 40 percent. Contact AcademyX for details.

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New Horizons Computer Learning Center
1750 Creekside Oaks Drive, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 609-4700

New Horizons offers training flexibility to work with the needs and schedules of its students. Traditional classroom courses are available but training can also be done one-on-one or in a live or self-paced web format. First- and second-level classes in Acrobat cost $375 each, and the same fees apply for Flash CSF and Dreamweaver levels one and two. New Horizons says that it provides authorized certification exams for Pearson Vue, Certiport and Prometric and has a practice lab available for students as well.

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Learning Exchange
Learning Exchange
1111 Howe Ave., Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 929-9200

Learning Exchange offers classes in a variety of disciplines and interests to students 18 years and older. Courses generally require a $10 registration fee, but those fees may be waived for a full year by purchasing a $29 annual membership. People who are just starting to use a Mac instead of a PC can learn the basics in a $49 class and Excel I and II are available for $275 each. Microsoft Publisher is a versatile and popular tool. Different levels of Publisher training are offered for $375. For those interested in website design, $375 classes using XHTML, HTML and CSS can be taken on several levels.

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Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
3333 3rd Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 456-1980

The Food Bank isn’t just about food; Sacramento residents ages 18 and above can get free computer training with no proof of income required. Adults with little or no technical experience can reap benefits from the basic Welcome to the World of Computers class, while program-specific training such as Microsoft Word is also given regularly. The use of an open computer lab and one-on-one training can enhance further skills development. While younger people are exposed to computers in their regular school settings, there may be fewer opportunities for advanced skills. The Family Services program offers a computer clubhouse where students in grades seven through 12 can use software for more creative needs.



2554 Millcreek Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 920-1700

ISInc is geared towards more experienced users who wish to learn advanced skills or to keep up with new versions of ever-changing technology. For example, users of earlier Microsoft Office products may wish to take the $225 course in transitioning to Office 10. Many classes have prerequisites due to the advanced levels of coursework, such as the $1,400 CompTIA Cloud Essentials training or Introduction to Programming course available for $1,440. Users wishing to take the Linux Professional Institute 101 level 1 certification exam can take ISInc’s prep course for $2,175.

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