Whether you want to break into the information technology industry or you’re looking for a quick brush up on a particular topic, there are a million and one places you can find by searching the web. But where do you go? Who do you trust? What will actually do you the best for your career enhancement or getting your foot in the door?
We’ve taken the time to try and put together a list of places you can hit – some are in-person classes, some are online tutorials, some offer certifications, some offer just practical experience. It’s really up to you what you’re looking to get out of it.
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|New Horizons||Online or In Person||For training to have a lasting and measurable impact, New Horizons understands that course content has to be designed and delivered in the context of our client’s specific environment and business need. To achieve this, we blend custom content with leading edge and time-honored training approaches, including Traditional Instructor-Led, Mentored Learning, Online Live, Online Anytime, and Online Learning Xpress to meet the specific learning style of the individual and the complex learning objectives of the organization.New Horizons Integrated Learning guides learners through all stages of the learning lifecycle. It consists of five components–Assess, Learn, Reinforce, Support and Validate–to create the most effective learning experience available in the industry.||Any||Depends on the class taken||Depends on the class taken|
|Girl Develop IT||In person||Girl Develop It is an international organization, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.||Any||Free, some classes require payment||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Grand Circus||In Person||Grand Circus is a training institute in the heart of downtown Detroit on a mission to elevate the tech community. We offer training, co-working, and event hosting — all under the same tent.||Any||Requires payment||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Scratch||Online||With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.||While Scratch is primarily designed for 8 to 16 year olds, it is also used by people of all ages, including younger children with their parents.||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Code Avengers||Online||Whether this is your first time coding, or you have tried it before – our courses guide you each step of the way. Scripted by educators, we offer practical coding skills to help you learn at your own pace.Getting started is simple. Just begin with lesson one, and we’ll guide you from there.Take only 12 hours to complete each course.Our lessons are designed to be flexible so you can start and pause at anytime. You can start small, for just 30 minutes a day – or go for it and complete an entire course in a weekend.||Any||Free – $29 per class, or $125 for all six classes and lifetime access.||A certificate after 3 completed courses.|
|Programming, Mother F#$ker||Online||If you don’t know how to code, then you can learn even if you think you can’t. Thousands of people have learned programming from these fine books. This is a huge archive of books on almost any topic you could want to dive into from a programming perspective.||Any||n/a||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Udemy||Online||Today, 3 million students in 190+ countries are taking online courses on Udemy. They’re learning Programming, Yoga, Design, Photography, Spanish, Marketing, Guitar, Finance, Cake Decorating, and so much more.More than 16,000 courses (in 10 different languages!) have been published in our marketplace. Each course is designed & taught by an expert instructor and hundreds of new courses are published every month.So whether you want to get promoted, break into a new industry, start a company, or just further a passion, Udemy’s here to help you achieve your goals.Are you ready to get started? You can learn anything on Udemy.||Any||Free and Paid||Practical knowledge and experience. There are a large number of prep classes for certification exams available.|
|Udacity||Online||Online education that bridges the gap between academic and real world skills. Taught by industry leaders excited to share their expertise from companies such as Google, Facebook, Cloudera, and MongoDB.||Any||Free and Paid||Free classes offer practical knowledge and experience. Paid classes offer real world projects, feedback and verifiable certificates called “nanodegrees”|
|PluralSight||Online||We are a group of serious developers. We are also committed to creating the best training available. This mix of training for developers, by developers is what rings true to our customers. We call it hardcore developer training. You’ll know it as superior training that is relevant and pushes all the latest technologies.||Any||Free and paid ($29 per month)||Paid classes offer certificates of completion.|
|Makes Games With Us||Online or in Person||Learn to Build an iPhone Game in 8 Weeks!||Any||$99-$5000||Practical knowledge and experience.|
|Google Developers Academy||Online||Almost anything and everything you’d want to learn and build using all of Google’s tools and services||Any||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Team Treehouse||Online||Learn languages like HTML or Ruby. Watch videos and then test your knowledge with quizzes and Code Challenges.||Any||$25 – $49 per month||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Stanford CS Education Library||Online||This online library collects education CS material from Stanford courses and distributes them for free.||Any||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|
|The Java Tutorials||Online||The Java Tutorials are practical guides for programmers who want to use the Java programming language to create applications. They include hundreds of complete, working examples, and dozens of lessons. Groups of related lessons are organized into “trails”.||Any||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Rails Tutorial||Online||The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book and screencast series teach you how to develop and deploy real, industrial-strength web applications with Ruby on Rails, the open-source web framework that powers top websites such as Twitter, Hulu, GitHub, and the Yellow Pages. The Ruby on Rails Tutorial book is available for free online and is available for purchase as an ebook (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats). The companion screencast series includes 15 individual lessons (including a new Rails 4.0 supplement) totaling more than 15 hours, with one lesson for each chapter of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. The best value is the ebook/screencast bundle, which includes the 2nd edition book, the Rails 4.0–compatible version, the 2nd edition screencast series, and the Rails 4.0 supplementary screencasts.||Any||Free – $149||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Rails Casts||Online||RailsCasts is produced by Ryan Bates (rbates on Twitter and ryanb on GitHub). A free episode will be released on the first Monday of each month featuring tips and tricks with Ruby on Rails. The screencasts are short and focus on one technique so you can quickly move on to applying it to your own project. The topics target the intermediate Rails developer, but beginners and experts will get something out of it as well. A Pro option is also available containing more screencasts each week.||Any||Free – $9/month||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Android Developers||Online||Welcome to Training for Android developers. Here you’ll find sets of lessons within classes that describe how to accomplish a specific task with code samples you can re-use in your app.||Any||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|
|HTML5 Rocks!||Online||A Google project, provides a bunch of tutorials and practical examples for HTML5||Any||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Apple Developer Platform||Online||The Apple Developer Programs offer a complete set of technical resources, support, and access to pre-release software — providing developers with everything they need to create innovative apps for iOS and OS X, extensions for Safari, and accessories for iPod, iPhone and iPad.||Any||$99/year||Practical knowledge and experience|
|Hour of Code||Online||Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.||Any||Free||Practical knowledge and experience|