Free Digital Skills Training Classes Start Next Week

In today’s technology-driven landscape, it is essential to have fundamental digital skills.  That’s why the City of Goleta is pleased to partner with the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) to offer two FREE training courses to Santa Barbara County residents to support accessible access to digital education and economic empowerment opportunities. Here are the two classes that start next week, so don’t hesitate, spread the word and sign up today!

  1. New to Tech Computer Basics – A 6-week course that teaches adult learners essential computer skills needed to succeed in an increasingly digital world:
    • March 12 – April 16 Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-8:00 PM
  2. Get Your Small Business Online – A 9-week course that teaches business owners and entrepreneurs essential digital skills needed to get online:
    • March 13 – May 8 Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM

Learn more about the classes and register at Additional cohorts are beginning in spring and summer 2024.

EDC actively encourages other regions and organizations throughout California to explore the potential of adopting and expanding similar programs. For organizations interested in replicating the success of these courses, EDC invites inquiries at to access comprehensive class replication toolkits. These toolkits include detailed instructor guides and program evaluation and administration tools, ensuring seamless and effective implementation.

EDC extends its gratitude to the City of Goleta, Central Coast Community Energy, Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast, American GI Forum Education Foundation and Women’s Economic Ventures for their pivotal roles in expanding digital upskilling opportunities across the Central Coast.

About Economic Development Collaborative 

A private nonprofit, the Economic Development Collaborative was founded in 1996 with funding from the County of Ventura, the 10 cities in the county and key private-sector companies to provide a pathway to business growth, economic prosperity and high quality of life for all.

About the Digital Upskilling Training Program

Originating in Ventura County, EDC’s Digital Upskilling Training Program is a NO-COST short-term training program that will increase the digital skills of job seekers, current workers, and small business operators. The initiative seeks to expand participants’ opportunities and earning power by providing them with much-needed digital skills training to help both individuals and employers grow.