Best Places for Computer Classes In Washington DC

December 31, 2012 8:00 AM

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In an age when a bachelors degree just doesn’t seem to be enough, and more and more is done online, advancing your computer skills can help you get where you want to be. No matter what position you hold, unless it’s computer skills instructor, taking a course on subjects such as Office, Java, HTML and especially Excel can help you complete your work more efficiently and even get you that promotion or new job you’ve been wanting. Here are a few classes to get you started.

The Training Institute of Washington DC
1801 10th St.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 797-9099

Price: $450 to $2,250 depending on the course

The Training Institute has one of the most comprehensive lists of training courses in the area. You are more than likely to find what you are looking for here. From management courses to contracting courses, this place offers everything under the sun, so it is no surprise it features an extensive list of computer-specific courses including Adobe, Excel, Cisco, Illustrator and Unix. The institute also caters to your specific needs, offering custom training and on-site training for entire companies. Whether you are trying to stay up to date with the latest programs or want your employees to be at their best, the institute is a great option.

Future Media Concepts
1627 K St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 429-9700

Price: from $1,000

Those of you who have a thirst for technology and information systems will fit right in at Future Media Concepts. With a focus on digital courses, it offers sound design, web development, motion graphics, video production, 3D animation and design, digital video, and desktop publishing. Note that it’s not PC biased as it offers Mac-specific classes as well. This includes Mac OS x Lion, Mac OS x Mountian Lion, Apple Final Cut Pro, and iPhone application development. Though it may sound like gibberish, if it sounds familiar or intriguing to you, take a class.

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Computer Institute
1335 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 424-0044

Price: from $200

The Computer Institute offers courses for those who are serious about certification in computer related skills. You won’t find classes on the basics here; no introduction to typing or email, more Oracle, Unix and Cisco. It is great for those who want to get another certification to expand their qualifications or for those who have decided to make the leap into computer technology. Learn web development, which could be great for those with blogs or any other website to learn more of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into it. Even learn enough to run the site yourself. The institute is geared toward IT professionals who want to beef up their resumes or need to maintain their current position.

University of the District of Columbia Community College
801 N. Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 274-5800

Price: $130 per credit hour

In addition to competitive rates, the community college offers resources to help you be successful in making your change. Enjoy online classes for certificates in subjects including computer forensics, web development and Six Sigma. Traditional classroom courses include subjects such as Photoshop, computer basics and Microsoft Office, as well as classes geared specifically toward seniors. If you decide to pursue a degree in a computer-related major, make an easy transition to the university’s undergraduate or graduate programs.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-1298

Price: free

Children today know how to unlock an iPhone, take a picture and email it to someone before they know how to tie their shoes. If you didn’t grow up with access to a computer whenever you wanted it or the cost of computer classes is not feesible right now, you still have access to job-securing computer skills. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library offers free, walk-in computer classes mainly for those who haven’t had the chance to learn these skills and those who need a refresher. Classes can include HTML, email, PC, Microsoft, Mavis Beacon typing, web, Excel and Powerpoint.

Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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