Training Grant: free Adobe training for Massachusetts employees
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Published on January 6, 2016
American Graphics Institute has been awarded a grant from the state to train Massachusetts based employees at no cost to employee or employer, providing free Adobe training and other classes to workers in the state. Available courses at no cost include Photoshop classes, Illustrator courses, InDesign classes, HTML training, Google Analytics training, and WordPress training. 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.
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 Workforce 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 a dozen courses at American Graphics Institute are available for the no-cost training. A complete list of these courses is available on the workforce 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. 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. Employees participating in the training confirm they are working in Massachusetts, while their employers confirm all state tax obligations have been paid.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. 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 20 years.