Educational Resources

The following are resources for training and education. Many of the offerings are free or available for a nominal fee.

ONLINE TRAINING & CAREER INFORMATION

edX.org – Empowering learning in the classroom and around the globe.

EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.

Through our institutional partners, the xConsortium, along with other leading global members, we present the best of higher education online, offering opportunity to anyone who wants to achieve, thrive, and grow.

Our goals, however, go beyond offering courses and content. We are committed to research that will allow us to understand how students learn, how technology can transform learning, and the ways teachers teach on campus and beyond.

EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.

Coursera.org – We provide universal access to the world’s best education.

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. Certified letters of completion are available for employers to view on the web for each class, now all fee based.

Learn on your own schedule. Watch short video lectures, take interactive quizzes, complete peer graded assessments, and connect with classmates and teachers through the on-line forums.

Round Rock Public Library – Research and Learning resources available through the Round Rock and other local libraries. Some resources require a valid library card for access. Cards are now free to Texas residents. Some resources can only be accessed from the library itself, but many can be accessed on-line. | 512.218.7000

See the Research and Learning section of the web site for a complete list of resources available. Some that may be of particular interest:

Lynda.com: The education side of LinkedIn.com, Lynda.com hosts a constantly growing library of thousands of courses to help you pursue personal and professional goals. Lynda covers topics for business, web development, web design, photography, education, 3D & animation, and audio & music as well as software like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications.

You will need to log in through the library’s Lynda.com site using your library card number and PIN.

Mango Languages: Learn a language online using material derived from native conversation and real-life situations.

ReferenceUSA Directory: Access millions of U.S. residential and business phone numbers and addresses. Conduct market and competitor research as well as business analysis by industry or geography.

Small Business Reference Center: Covers common business types, business plans, and operations. Videos help foster success in managing a business.

Job and Career Accelerator: Combines all the elements needed for a successful job search: occupation surveys, job postings, resume and cover letter tools, and interview skills practice.

GCFLearnforFree.org – Improve skills on Microsoft products, Facebook, Twitter and much more. Find apps that you can use anywhere. Over 250 videos and 750 lessons all for free!

My Sklls My Future – Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this site helps laid off or displaced workers investigate careers. A partner of CareerOneStop – research salaries, career information, search for jobs.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES 

BIG Austin – Are you ready to be your own boss? Do you have a great idea that you think would make a successful business? Are you energetic, creative and enthusiastic? Are you ready to take your career to the next level? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider enrolling in the Start Smart – NxLeveL™ Micro Entrepreneur course.

Bootstrap Austin – The Bootstrap Network introduces an innovative framework for building a venture for long-term business success. While the bootstrapping process is timeless, the Austin Bootstrap Community strives to articulate and propagate the principles and stages of Bootstrapping.

City of Austin Small Business Development Program – The SBDP fosters job creation and supports the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. Counseling and assistance is available to small businesses. Their focus is to develop and empower small businesses in order to strengthen business capability and survivability.

Round Rock Chamber Small Business Guide – A community enhancement initiative focused on entrepreneurship offering tips, hints, and resources for starting or growing a small business. The Small Business Guide is intended to make the startup process easier and aims to strengthen business owners as they manage and grow their businesses. The Small Business Guide is organized into three primary sections: getting started, growing your business, and business resources.

SCORE – Austin SCORE offers free Small Business Counseling and Resources, low-cost Business Workshops, and special customized services. If you’re starting or expanding your business, preparing for a loan, or have existing business issues or opportunities, SCORE Mentors can help.

Texas State Small Business Development Center – SBDC works with existing and start-up small businesses to provide assistance during every phase of the business life cycle. Improvements that result from direct support lead to job creation, investments, and economic growth throughout central Texas. A professional staff of business advisors, trainers, and researchers provides comprehensive, confidential business counseling services at no cost to the client.