Structural Unemployment…the big buzz word in economic circles these days. What is it? Structural unemployment refers to the fact that there are lots of jobs that remaining unfilled because the applicants do not have the job skills to fill them.

Ask yourself this….am I completely proficient in all the MS-Office applications? Do I know Office 2007 or 2010? How are my Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access skills? Do I know anything at all bout the Adobe Creative Suite? Fudging your way through email/word processing or FaceBook is not going to land you a better job.
If your answer is I know a little to nothing about Excel/Access/PowerPoint or what is Adobe CS then you may be a victim of structural employment.

The ACTS Learning Center in Florence KY is a wonderful learning environment. We have classes in all the current MS technologies as well as Adobe CS4/CS5 and QuickBooks. Our pricing model is very competitive and we offer an unlimited guarantee. You can come back and retake any class as many times as you need. (Based on availability and empty seats but we always will do our best to accommodate you).

Before you spend good money for training seminars please take a moment to see what we can offer you. All of our classes are hands-on instructor led. You are in a class room with an instructor that you can directly interact with. Did you know that one of the training centers listed on every Google search uses telephone conferences for the instructor and you are stuck in a small room alone with people from all over the country? Your instructor can not see your computer and must communicate with you on the phone line. This is no way to learn software programs.
Training Programs:
SharePoint Designer
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Flash
Adobe Acrobat
QuickBooks Pro

Details and pricing information (we offer significant discounts) are available on-line at: kyacts.org


We are very pleased to be offering training in the latest release of Adobe’s award-winning creative suite…CS5.

Courses include: Photoshop, InDesign (rapidly becoming our most popular Adobe class), Illustrator, DreamWeaver, and Flash.

Take 2 or more classes and get a significant discount. As always, you can come back as many times as you need for a refresher. As long as the class is running and there is an available seat.

More information and class registrations at: http://kyacts.org/Adobe%20Classes.html

A lot of people ask me what computer skills they really need to know these days. As in most of life the best answer is usually ‘it depends’. With that said there is core set of skills that everyone needs. While I love social media, Facebook and Twitter are not really skills that are likely to get you promoted in a job or help you find a new one.

Here are the basics:

  • Strong foundation in Word processing. Whether you use MS-Word, Write, Google Docs….you have to know how to create and format documents. This fundamental skill also extends to your email as well.
  • You need a basic understanding of Excel. Spreadsheets are a vital part of businesses. Everything from budgets, financial reports, mailing lists are usually created in Excel. If you need a number cruncher then Excel is the tool to use. Using Excel isn’t rocket science but it does take some training and practice.
  • If you are in a management position you will likely be required to hold meetings and give presentations. We have all had to sit through awful PowerPoint slide shows. Don’t be one of these people. Learn how to effectively communicate your ideas and resist the temptation to read your bullet points.
  • Email/Calendar/Scheduling applications are critical in planning and organizing your day. In the corporate world you will be using either Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes. Since many executives and other business people who spend a lot of their day on the run these applications synch with your mobile devices like iPhones, Blackberries, and other smart phones.
  • Good Internet skills. Most companies have their own internal websites that post everything from HR docs to social events. Having confidence to navigate around is crucial. For general web browsing you need to understand web security, bookmarking, basic browser preferences.
  • The most intangible skill of all: The ability to pull all of this together and to be able to seamlessly integrate all these technologies and skills in such a way that you increase your productivity. Confidence in using software and the ability to ‘figure things out’ is something that only comes through practice and more practice. This is why hands-on learning is still the best way to learn anything new.

We have just updated our schedule and registration system. You can see all classes in Adobe/MS Office/Financial software in one easy view. Each category has a number of classes listed by date. Click to open the document where you can read all the details and save a .PDF copy if you like. At the top of the page is a registration link that allows you to complete the process very quickly.

We are sure our clients will appreciate this useful upgrade.

We are pleased to announce some changes in our scheduling for the Excel 2007 bootcamps. You can now take 2 classes of Excel 2007 for $200 (save $80) or all three (save $150). This is a critical skill that many people are lacking.

It doesn’t matter where you get your training just make sure you do it. Also….seminars with no hands-on experience for programs like Excel are useless. Don’t believe the hype!

The ACTS Learning Center hosted a technology seminar for small businesses July 29th 2010. Guest speakers included Cari Miller and Dan Adam. The presentations included how to create and setup blogs for your small business, understanding SEO and Google analytics, other social networking sites for small business like Yelp.