November 1, 2018 @ 2:30 PM



Can’t afford to take college-level courses?  Well, think again.  You’ve got options.  Yes, you can actually get a quality education with “hands-on training” for a low cost or no cost at all?  While other job seekers are exploring expensive degree programs, you can learn new skills to re-enter the marketplace in just a few weeks—for pennies!  

Eager job applicants shouldn’t miss great employment opportunities just because they can’t afford to enhance their skill set.  Nor should any feel pressured to spend $5,000 to $50,000 to obtain a certification or degree in a career field where they’ve proven themselves for over 5, 10 or more years.  That’s why I’m kicking off an educational series today to help job seekers find training options without the high price tag. 

Although no-loan educational opportunities are not available for all career disciples, the Internet does offer plenty of affordable training options.  You can find lessons, courses, workshops, tutorials, and articles to help gain knowledge in almost any field.  You can also check around your town for other great, low-cost learning options.  The best part is that all of these resources are just a click, call, or short drive away. 

In our first installment of this series, let me introduce you to Gale Courses, which is a part of Cengage Learning.  You don’t need SAT scores or an advance degree to register with Gale Courses.  With hundreds of topics to choose from, this convenient, on-line learning environment gives you 24/7 access to courses and instructors.  Gale Courses is not for wimps though.  It’s a great choice for the well-organized, disciplined student who has access to a computer—even if it belongs to the public library.  In fact, these interactive, instructor-led courses are offered through your local library.  

Along with students from around the country, you can study subjects such as Accounting, Advanced MS Excel 2013, Medical Terminology or Grant Writing.  Gale’s top-level college instructors and industry experts have designed these courses to give students real-life, practical experience.  A new session for each course is release each month.  Courses last six weeks with two lessons released each week.  Lessons include relevant resource material, assignments, projects, and a discussion group for Q & A, idea sharing and more.   If you have questions or need guidance, Gale’s hands-on instructors typically respond within 24 hours.  You will also benefit from the input of fellow students.   

Although courses do not lead to a college degree, students can take quizzes and receive a certificate of completion within minutes of passing the final exam. Afterwards, these new skills can confidently be added to your résumé.  It always pays to let a potential employer know the efforts taken to stay current with job market demands within your career field.

Now that you know what Gale has to offer, you may wonder how much is all of this going to cost me?  Well, if you’re like me and have a library card, each course will cost you—are you ready for this?—nothing.  No kidding!  All you need to enroll is a public library card and to be in good standing with your local library.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

So, stop wasting your time looking at college brochures trying to figure out ways to tackle the $50,000 bill you could rack up.  Instead, head over the local library to request or renew your public library card.   Then go on the library website, click on e-classes, setup an account, and get started.  Not only will Gale Courses enrich your educational journey but potential employers will find your skills—and your proactive strategy—hard to resist.

For a list of Gale Courses to advance your professional and personal goals click here.

See you next time.