Training Grant: free training for Massachusetts employees & employers
- Published on April 14, 2020
American Graphics Institute has been awarded a grant to train Massachusetts-based employees at no cost to employee or employer, providing free training, classes, and workshops to workers in the state. Through the grant, American Graphics Institute (AGI) is offering free training in the latest digital design programs and technologies for employees that work in Massachusetts. Available courses at no cost include Photoshop classes, Illustrator courses, InDesign classes, HTML training, Google Analytics training, and WordPress training.
Digital design computer skills are in demand by a broad spectrum of industries, including companies involved in product design, manufacturing, computer and device application development, and web development. The grant addresses the skills gap that many employers experience by helping their workforce obtain new skills or upgrade existing skills in creative, design, and marketing applications and technologies.
Introductory and advanced courses are offered across a wide range of digital design applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. Classes covering digital design principles, and web development technologies are also available, including classes in HTML and User Experience Design. For a complete list of eligible courses along with the registration process for no-cost courses see the Training Grant eligible classes page on the American Graphics Institute website
Registration for the no cost training courses is available until all grant funds have been exhausted. The number of courses available for each company depends upon the size of the company and the impact the training will have on the company and employees. “We’ve seen participating companies take between one and 15 classes, depending upon the size of the company and the number of people needing training,” said Christopher Smith, president of American Graphics Institute. He said, “Some companies want to provide their employees with introductory training, while others have wanted to boost their employees’ skills across several areas, and enrolled in a variety of courses.”
Additional details about the training being offered are provided below:
Eligibility for free training in Massachusetts
Employees in Massachusetts working at companies of any size in the Commonwealth. Generally those working for non-profits, governments, and schools are not paying into the job retraining fund, and thus are ineligible for the training grant are eligible for the free training.
Which employees can attend the free training in Massachusetts
Product designers, web developers, business analysts, graphic designers, user experience designers, and anyone involved in design, marketing, and creative services roles are best suited for the no-cost training program.
How companies benefit from the no-cost training
Enhanced employee skills contribute to increased efficiency, productivity, creativity, and help companies innovate and improve their standing in highly competitive markets. Job training is consistently ranked as a factor in both attracting and retaining talented employees.
Courses eligible for free training
More than two dozen courses at American Graphics Institute are available for the no-cost training. A complete list of these courses is available on the training grant information page.
No cost to employers or employees for the free training
There is no cost to employers nor employees for the training being offered by American Graphics Institute under this grant program.
I live and work in another state, can I still receive the free Adobe classes?
The free training being offered by American Graphics Institute under this grant is available to those who work in Massachusetts through a grant from the Commonwealth. If you work in another state, you may enroll as a paid participant in the classes, but may not take them at no cost.
How to enroll in free training classes at American Graphics Institute
Contact Kerri Wenson at American Graphics Institute: 781-404-4072. As part of the enrollment process a verification is needed to confirm that employees participating in the training are working in Massachusetts and their employer is current on all state tax obligations.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute. He is the co-author of Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies and more than 10 other books on design and digital publishing. He served as publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which has sold more than one million books on topics relating to InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Cloud apps. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers designers, and large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he also delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for more than 20 years.