SkillForge is a different kind of training company. Based just outside of Chicago, we deliver training to companies, institutions and individuals across North America. We believe that learning requires interaction and participation (you can’t ask questions when you’re watching a video!) And that much of what a student learns happens after class is over – when they try out what they’ve learned in real-world situations. So in all of our classes, whether self-paced, online or in-person, students always have access to an instructor – both during and after class. Our instructors are experts in their field with years of hands-on experience and multiple certifications in the subjects they teach. For them – and for us, training isn’t just a job. It’s a calling.
Joel has held multiple roles in the IT Industry over the last 20 years, including Software Developer and Technical Trainer. After having worked for several other training companies, Joel decided it was time to strike out on his own. And in 2010, SkillForge was born. Joel currently works with clients to develop training solutions that will meet their needs, manages our amazing training team and sometimes still teaches a class when time allows!
Seth has been an IT instructor for over twenty years. His certifications include A+, Network+, A.C.E. in Photoshop and Illustrator, MOS/MOUS AI, and IC3. Among other classes, Seth teaches Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Crystal Reports and Tableau.
Natalie has been a Microsoft Certified Professional since 2011. She teaches a variety of courses including Microsoft Office, Adobe Applications, SharePoint and many others. Her enthusiasm for teaching and ability to explain concepts in an easy-to-understand way make her a favorite of her students!
What Sets Us Apart
Our Teaching Methodology
In all of our classes, we utilize a “Show, Do, Review” teaching methodology. Instructors demonstrate or “Show” students how to compete a specific task or concept, students then “Do” a hands-on practice or exercise to reinforce their learning and, finally, we “Review” to ensure all students understand before we move on.
Our Instructors are the heart of our company. Makes sense for a training company, right? We select only the best trainers to work with us and our clients. They have years of experience in the topics and software products they teach. But even more than that – they have a passion for, and genuine love of teaching. Learning from someone who loves teaching can mean the difference between a class that’s just ‘good’ and one that’s truly amazing!
We know that the learning process is only beginning while you are in class. The real challenge is using those skills once you return to work. For that reason we offer six months of instructor email support for most of our courses. We want to make sure you are successful with your new skills!
How We Deliver Our Courses
We deliver our courses in multiple different formats to suit you or your team’s needs. We have a full schedule of public, open enrollment live, instructor-led online classes. We also offer these same classes as private group onsite or online classes. And, finally, many of our courses are also available in a self-paced eLearning format if you would like to learn at your own pace.