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September 20, 2016 Comments (0) Views: 693 Education, Fall 2016

How Tech Savvy Are You?

It’s never too late to learn about STEM—use our quiz chart to find the best class for you

STEM-related learning is not just for kids! No matter your age and technical aptitude, it’s never too late (or too expensive) to get your STEM on.

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Download Coursera. The website and app has free online courses from top universities and colleges, covering basic coding to advanced big data. It’s a great way to get a feel of a topic before committing.

Enroll at National University. Their cybersecurity program is recognized by the NSA and DHS as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. But as a private university, it ain’t cheap.

Get a certificate at UCSD Extension. Programs cost around $5,000 and range in topics from data mining to life sciences and information technology, and many courses are offered online.

Take a class at a San Diego Community College District school. If you want to start at the beginning and work toward a degree, SDCCD is a good option. Units are just $46 for California residents, and courses range from an introduction to engineering through microcontroller programming.

Get your feet wet at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. For adults over 50, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to learn STEM. For $255 a year, students can take any of the classes OLLI offers at UCSD, or for $20 per semester plus individual class fees at SDSU.

Go to the library. For true beginners who want a basic understanding of some concepts, many libraries in San Diego offer computer courses. The La Jolla Riford Library has what may be the world’s first biology lab within a public library, with unique tools and programs.

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