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Lee County libraries offer professional and enriching online classes at no charge

June 4, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lee County Library System offers a wide range of interactive, instructor led courses that can be taken entirely online.

The classes are called Gale Courses and currently there are approximately 350 courses available though they are continually being added and removed. The courses are available to Lee County Library System card holders at no charge and range from career development to personal enrichment.

Examples of classes include: Music Made Easy, Introduction to Journaling, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, QuickBooks, Crystal Reports, JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5, Real Estate Investing, Personal Finance, Employment Law Fundamentals and more.

"These courses are an excellent way to sharpen one's skills and mind," Sheldon Kaye, the Lee County Library System director, said.

The instructor led courses run for six weeks, with an optional 10-day extension period at the end. There are 12 lessons in each course and an average course takes approximately 24 hours to complete.

One lesson is released every Wednesday and Friday for the six-week duration of the course. Participants will have access to all lessons until the course ends.

There are assignments, multiple-choice quizzes and a final exam to determine the receipt of a certificate of completion. Some of the classes are considered accredited continuing education classes.

There is no limit to the number of classes one can take simultaneously, though it is recommended one takes no more than a couple at a time because of the work load. Classes may be retaken as many times as desired.

To find Gale Courses go to: and scroll down the alphabetic list. For more information on the service, call telephone reference at (239) 479-INFO (4636).

The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with books, downloadable e-books, digital content, Books-by-Mail, a bookmobile, e-sources, music and films, programs and meeting space.

Don't have a Lee County Library System library card? Getting one is free and easy. Visit: to apply online, or stop by any branch.

Information about the library system is available for your convenience 24/7 at: where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items.



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