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Henry Woeltjen


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Employment Assistance Project

I wanted to gauge interest with this. I have an idea that may help people struggling to find work.

I want to create a website that provides certifications for people who cannot afford classes.

1. Certified Typist
2. Certified Retail Manager
3. Certified Financial Manager

What I want to do is utilize the resources currently available on the internet to provide the instruction.

My website would be used to certify people in those self-taught fields.


We would use videos to certify students.

Typist Certification

We would certify people at different levels. 45wpm - 60wpm - 80wpm.

We would have the students send in video of them taking several typing tests available free online. We would designate what sites they would use and it would change to protect the validity of our certifications.

Certification in Retail Management

1. We would have students send in summary videos on the different aspects of retail management. We would conduct phone interviews to determine the aptitude and knowledge of the student. Different levels of this would exist as well.

A) Manager Trainee B) Manager C) Senior Manager

Not exactly what I would use, but this is just an example for discussion purposes.

What does everybody think? Is this something you would be interested in?


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    May 7 2013: There are sites now to learn how to write code for computers that are free. In this field, as in many others, one doesn't necessarily need 'accreditation', just the ability to demonstrate competency. If your sites are free, then you would need to have some method of funding, such as advertising or gov't grants. I believe that these types of alternative education/training options are the wave of the future. If free social media sites can be hugely profitable, then I would agree that quality free online educational/training options can be viable.

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