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Learn new skills with the click of a mouse

Posted August 28, 2009

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— Looking to beef up your résumé by picking up some new skills? The Wake County Public School System can help with its online learning program, "Click to Learn."

The program offers more than 300 online classes with categories ranging from graphic design and computer programming to art and history.

Learn new skills with the click of a mouse Wake County offers online learning program

Pricing begins at $72 per class and each lasts six weeks. New classes start up each month.

Secretary Pat Bogdanski recently finished an introductory technical writing class and a computer programming class.

"It was just some different things to increase my knowledge and maybe move forward in another position some day," Bogdanski said.

Beth Lynch, Wake schools' coordinator of online learning, says the organized lessons are perfect for the busy professional, the hobbyist or the job seeker.

"People want to take courses to beef up their résumé," she said. "They might have been laid off. We've had several people laid off who called."

"Click to Learn" also offers extended six-month career-training programs for certification in a number of areas, including health care and fitness, IT and software development, media and design and hospitality and gaming.

"If you have any thoughts of taking a class, and you fear that you couldn't keep up or weren't really sure, I think it's a great way to try," Bogdanski said.

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  • kcfoxie Sep 2, 2009

    After seeing the available courses, I intend to take one or two.

  • boolittlek Aug 28, 2009

    I took a computer class, offered by the same parent company that Wake County Public Schools uses, but I took it through a local community college. While it might be nice for Wake County teachers and education professionals to be able to access online courses, certificate programs, and career development training through a WCPSS portal, I don't see the point of the general public being offered this opportunity when it's available through institutions dedicated to adult learning.

    On the WCPSS website, the superintendent states "each child must leave our schools ready to thrive in a challenging, rapidly changing economy." Is having a WCPSS-partnered course entitled "Casino Baccarat Dealer" really going to further this goal?