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Camp Tech – A camp worth signing up for
I never went to sleep away camp or day camp when I was a kid. Nor did I ever go camping with my family growing up. Even though I have done it as an adult- from portaging for several days in Algonquin to camping at high altitude in Peru to your basic car camping, I’m not really a camper. At this point, after having done the glamping thing for my bachelorette last year, I think I’m actually more of a glamper.
But A Camp for Technology? I think that’s more up my alley. Perhaps it may be up your alley too!
Camp Tech is where tech newbies and enthusiasts can come together. This is where being nerdy is cool.
I don’t even know how I stumbled upon Camp Tech but I’m so glad I did. I’m all about investing in myself. I LOVE taking courses. More recently, I’ve enjoyed taking tech-type courses. Camp Tech is a company that was founded in August 2012 by Avery Swartz. The organization runs approximately 250 workshops in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.
Since I have a blog, the courses that I thought would be especially useful (although there are many more courses that are applicable) for me were:
- The Business of Blogging – Even though I have been blogging for a few years, I have never bothered to treat it like a business until recently.
- Intro to Google Analytics – to analyze web traffic stats, gain insight on site visitors
- Intro to SEO – to drive more traffic to my site
They offer such a wide variety of courses that range from podcasting to Photoshop to social media.
Their Toronto location was within walking distance from the office, so that made it pretty convenient to participate in a workshop after work. Camp Tech offers flexibility in their course schedule so it can appeal to everyone – working professionals, small business owners, freelancers. The workshops are short, between 3-6 hours long.
I liked how they create a fun, friendly, non-intimidating environment in a small classroom setting that provides you with the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals. The majority of courses are geared toward beginners, with a few intermediate courses – but if you completed the beginner course, then you should be good to go for the intermediate one.
The instructors are professionals within their respective industry. They provide concise, easy to understand presentations with real-world examples to show how the skills you learn can be applied right away. Questions are always welcome and they make themselves available during breaks and after the workshop for a bit if you still have questions. It was great to learn from people who were so passionate about digital skills and who wanted to share their wealth of knowledge with us.
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Aside from the workshops, they also provide certificates in various disciplines upon completion of a specific set of courses. It’s definitely something worth pursuing and putting on your resume if you are considering a career change to make yourself more marketable to future employers. Or if you’re looking to gain more skills in a certain area of technology.
To go along with their camp theme, you receive a digital badge upon completion of the workshop. I would highly recommend taking a workshop from them. I’m constantly looking at their site to see what other workshops are available. I had a very positive experience. And I’d like you to be able to experience the same as well.