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40 Great Adult Education Classes in Chicago

Learn to whip up a soufflé, snap a fab photo, get ahead at work, or even save a life—at just a few short classes this fall.

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The Starter League

Although it has been offering classes for only two years, the Starter League is fast becoming the city’s top destination for aspiring coders. That’s because students are taught by industry experts who are up on the latest trends and because classes are held at 1871, a thriving hub for digital professionals. At the end of this 11-week program, you’ll be proficient in HTML and CSS, the basic language of all websites. “If we see someone enrolled in Starter League, we can usually place them before they even graduate,” says Rose Walker, a recruiter at the staffing agency Creative Circle.
WHERE: 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, starterleague.com
WHEN: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., September 30 to December 13
COST: $4,000


Northwestern University

Consider these two eye-popping stats: There are about 116 million smartphone users in the United States, and the average number of apps per phone is 41. That’s not a trend—it’s an economy. But how do you tap in? Take this intensive series of courses at Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies. It’s for people with programming chops who need help transforming app ideas into prototypes. The costly six-month five-course curriculum will be offered for the first time this fall, but what it lacks in road testing it makes up for with academic bona fides, ample resources, and significant networking opportunities.
WHERE: 210 S. Clark St., 312-503-0714, scs.northwestern.edu
WHEN: The fall term starts September 24.
COST: $4,975


DePaul University

When discussions turn to Facebook, everyone’s a critic. But not everyone’s an expert. Steve Koernig, a DePaul marketing professor, brings an opinion that’s grounded in social science research and real-world experience. His one-day seminar at DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education explains why companies are investing significant resources in social networking—and how to keep from falling behind.
WHERE: 1 E. Jackson Blvd., 312-362-5913, learning.depaul.edu
WHEN: Friday, September 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; see website for more dates.
COST: $349


School of the Art Institute of Chicago

As the Internet continues its disruptive march across traditional industries, an increasing number of small-business owners and creative types need Web skills to stay in the game. This 10-course curriculum lets students finish six semesters’ worth of instruction at night and on weekends. That’s a lot of screen time, but the program covers everything from back-end coding to front-end design and wisely folds in content management and strategy. You’ll leave with a portfolio that demonstrates your new competencies—which, as digital professionals will tell you, is the business card of tomorrow.
WHERE: 36 S. Wabash Ave., 312-629-6170, saic.edu
WHEN: The fall term starts October 2.
COST: $5,600


Computer Training Source

If you’ve been dabbling in blogging and HTML but sense that you could be doing better, this intensive one-day course for beginners will elevate your Web publishing skills. The pros at Computer Training Source, which provides hands-on tutorials for a wide range of computer applications, will help you harness WordPress, the Web-based blogging software, to create and configure a platform for your daily rants or fledging e-business. Complete this class and increase the chances that your site will grow as large as your ambition demands.
WHERE: 420 N. Wabash Ave., 312-923-2100, ctstraining.com
WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; see website for more dates.
COST: $329



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