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Digital Day Camp for Adults

By Kelsey Sunstrum on May 12, 2016

Camp Tech is a Canadian technical education hub born in 2012 that offers workshops to adults wishing to build their technical savvy. They provide half- and full-day in-person training sessions on a myriad of technical and digital subjects, from web design, social media, podcasting, WordPress fundamentals, and so much more.

The beauty of CT is that it is wholly and completely practical. The workshops are designed to arm you with the hands-on training that will enable you to get started on your project as soon as you get home. To do so, you’re equipped with the necessary skills for the field and introduced and familiarized with industry tools. Extraneous information and theory are skipped in these classes to render the sometimes confusing material accessible to all skill levels.

AverySwartzHR1CT is the idea of founder and CEO, Avery Swartz. She knew that media had been changing in the 21st century to a whole new ballgame where contenders didn’t only boast a killer website, but possessed remarkable social media followings, crafted multimedia viral content, and were comfortable with the ins-and-outs of marketing and public relations. A broad skillset was now required to be successful in business; a truth that can be extremely overwhelming to entrepreneurs.

A few years ago, Swartz noticed that online technical training programs were a dime-a-dozen, but it was impossible to find in-person classes in Toronto, her place of residence. A true entrepreneur at heart, she saw a need and filled it, starting by setting up training in the metropolis. Four years later, it is thriving in Toronto, has expanded to Ottawa and Vancouver, and is always on the search for its next expansion locale.

I had the pleasure of attending the Intro to Podcasting session this month at the beautiful HUB Ottawa space in the Byward Market. The course was a comprehensive survey of the basics of podcasting, from the desired equipment and software, interviewing techniques, and ways of generating income. By the end of the day, I was able to perform basic audio edits and layering on Hindenburg, an editing software made especially for radio and podcasting.

The occasionally dry subject matter was brought to life by podcast and radio journalist and audio editor, JP Davidson. Hailing from years of experience in the audio arena, and slinging clients like Greenpeace and RBC, his expertise and on-the-job knowledge revealed surprising truths about podcasting while detailing typical barriers when starting out, industry tips and tricks, and candid information about the less desirable or frustrating aspects of the job. I appreciated learning with an instructor who practiced the skills regularly and on a professional basis, and his comfort and joy doing podcast was evident and infectious.

The Camp Tech classes are ideal for entrepreneurs, bloggers, business owners, communications lovers, and simply anyone learning to expand their technical and digital acumen. If this sounds like you, you may be interested in their next workshop, coming up this month, SEO: How To Drive More Traffic To Your Website. For $85, you will be instructed by a SEO specialist on strategies to build your online audience, treated with complimentary coffee and tea, gifted with Camp Tech products, and earn a certificate than you can proudly display on your social media or LinkedIn pages.

Other offerings from Camp Tech this summer include Social Media Basics and Desktop Publishing with InDesign, both half-day sessions.

For more information on these informative, fun workshops, visit Camp Tech for class information and schedules.