Interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests. Also includes New GED test materials.
Vail Public Library (VPL) is pleased to offer its patrons access to lynda.com’s library of instructional videos. Normally, using lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a VPL library cardholder you can access lynda.com content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 13-digit VPL library card barcode. Once you have logged into lynda.com with your library barcode, you must create a personalized lynda.com account by entering your name and e-mail address.
Please note that you can only access course content through the VPL’s website, and not by directly visiting the lynda.com homepage. Bookmark accordingly. Please also note that while the VPL’s lynda.com accounts are accessible through mobile devices, they are not accessible through lynda.com apps. Use your mobile device’s browser to connect to Lynda.com through the VPL website.
What is lynda.com? lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.
Learn a language from the following list: Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, AND English for Polish, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish speakers.
Jobs, Career and Education Websites
Affordable Colleges for Low Income and Homeless Students Guide – this website offers a wealth of information to low income and homeless college students looking for resources and information.
Affordable Online Colleges Guide – this website offers a ranking of online colleges that compiles some of the cheapest online colleges in the country, all of which allow you to earn a four-year degree fully online. These schools are all fully accredited, academically respected, and offer affordable tuition. These schools are ranked by cost and by return on investment, highlighting programs that offer the greatest earnings potential after graduation.
ASVAB Practice Tests – this website provides access to free Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests. Anyone interested in enlisting in any branch of the military will be required to take an ASVAB test. These tests are also used to qualify for some positions once in the military.
Bureau of Labor Statistics – statistics on inflation, consumer spending, unemployment, wages, benefits and productivity.
Certified Nursing Assistant Free Training website – access free tests and information about the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) profession in Colorado, including information about how to find free training opportunities.
CollegeBoard.org – connecting students to information that will help them succeed in getting to college.
College Affordability Guide – see rankings of non for profit colleges and universities by state and by topic.
College in Colorado – offers information and planning strategies for education and careers. Includes information on scholarships.
College Study Skills – this guide offers advice on time management, study skills and note taking aimed at the collect student.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment – find information on employment services, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation, labor standards.
Colorado Driver’s Test Preparation Website – this website developed by Driving-Tests.org for Vail PL patrons contains tests and manuals for the State of Colorado drivers licenses. There are no ads; no personal information is required and no library card is required.
Colorado Mountain College – offers 2 and 4 year degrees + non degree classes. Programs that help job seekers are offered, as well.
Colorado Workforce Center – provide a variety of free services to assist employers and job seekers alike. These include: job listings, computer & internet access, career counseling & training for job seekers; and recruitment of workers, pre-screening & referral services, tax credits, and training reimbursement for employers.
Connecting Colorado – a state and county supported website with job postings for job seekers, a website where employers can post job openings, and special services for veterans looking for jobs.
Discover Business Degrees Guide – this site provides comprehensive information about undergraduate and MBA programs. Find information about schools by state or about programs and admissions.
Early Childhood Education Careers – get information on Preschool and Early Childhood Education careers from Teach Early Childhood.
FAFSA guide -this website walks you through the steps so you can successfully complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) application. (from the folks at Money Geek)
FastWeb – search for scholarships. To get the most out of this site, it is best to register and create a user profile so that you can be matched to available scholarships.
Financial Aid for Online Colleges – in addition to explanations of the different types of financial aid, this site offers a financial aid tool-kit that allows under-served student groups to access specific financial aid and scholarship information .
Free Test Prep – find ACT, SAT and GED practice tests and study help on this free website developed by an educational consultant.
Good Call Scholarships – free and easy to use scholarship search engine.
Grammar Check – useful site filled with lessons on grammar rules, common confusions, and alternatives to overused words, as well as, academic and creative writing tips.
Guide to Graduating Debt Free – this website covers a multitude of topics and offers tips on how to fund your college education in order to graduate with as little debt as possible. (from the folks at Money Geek)
Guide to Online Schools – this is a list of accredited online schools and colleges covers 25,782 fully online degrees from 595 schools. Once you’ve found schools you are interested in, you can start the application process by using the forms provided on this site or by using the links to the schools’ official websites.
Indeed.com – a single source website for job seekers. Search job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages from this site. Search all jobs in Vail by using the 81657 zip code (and do not insert any keywords).
Khan Academy – the motto of Khan Academy is: You can learn anything. This website offers video tutorials on a huge variety of topics from math, science and history for all grades to computer programming and economics. You can even study for the SAT and other standardized tests. All tutorials are free and self paced.
Nursing School Information – This is a free online informational website for learning about both schools with nursing degree programs as well as careers in nursing.
Public Health Careers – Careers in public health go well beyond working in neighborhood clinics and promoting healthy living initiatives. A degree in the field can lead to jobs in law enforcement, education, public policy and more.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – find information about different types of jobs including education requirements, earnings and expected job prospects.
Online Colleges in Colorado – a one-stop resource for information on online colleges in Colorado; easy to use and very informative.
Online Degree Guidebook – find accredited programs and advice on completing a degree online.
Online MBA Review – research the value of an MBA as well as find useful tips about programs and testing and applications.
Simplyhired.com– search job postings from newspapers, the web, and company websites using this one website. To search all jobs in Vail, just input 81657 into the location box (and do not insert any keywords).
Student Loan Report – this website provides resources to help students and graduates make the best decisions when it comes to choosing a college, paying for college, and repaying any student debt they may have accrued along the way.
The College Database – use the interactive map to find tuition, enrollment and accreditation data for up to date information about specific colleges, universities and technical programs.
Tuition Funding Sources – this database contains information on general scholarships that can be used at any school, as well as information on millions of scholarships that are school specific, meaning they are only available at the sponsoring school. Next to federal and state grants, this scholarship category is the largest pool of scholarships available and is one of the reasons the TFS scholarship database is so large. New scholarships are added to the database every month. This database is made available to Colorado Public Library patrons for the first time in 2012.