Never Too Old: Affordable Ways to Learn a New Skill

Posted on 10/14/2013

College debt is becoming the norm. In 2011 two-thirds of college seniors left school with an average of $26,600 in debt. Think you need college to gain a marketable skill? Think again. Whether your goal is to get a new job or just expand your horizons these are great, affordable ways to learn a new skill.

Tech 101
Need to learn the difference between a website and a web application? Ever wonder why it's called Ruby on Rails? Curious about how a server works? Get an introduction to all things tech with a free 10-day email bootcamp from The course promises to make you fluent in tech speak in ten fun days.

Want to learn JavaScript, HTML or PHP? Codeacademy is teaching the world to code. They're not opening up education, they're opening up knowledge. People all over the world are learning with Codeacademy and now you can get started, too. Did we mention that it's completely free?

Web and App Design
Learn to build websites, create iPhone and Android apps or even start a business with the help of Information is taught through a series of step-by-step video courses and training exercises. You'll earn badges for completing courses which will let recruiters and companies know your level of expertise. Monthly memberships start at $25, but a free 14-day trial is available.

Learn what you need to know about photography with hundreds of in-depth courses from From choosing the right gear to editing your photo and even setting up lighting, you'll learn photography fundamentals for a reasonable $25 monthly fee.

Everything Else
Learn everything from hand-lettering to tattoo design with help from courses at Enroll in most classes for $25 or less. The founders of believe anyone can learn anything, at any age, at an affordable cost, anywhere in the world. If you believe that too, check out this site for access to thousands of lessons.

By Alison Storm

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