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A Look at the Growth of the Computer Training Industry

It all began with a math problem, which led to more complex math problems. People were performing these complex math problems using various methods until the abacus was invented. The abacus was a simple instrument designed to aid in performing mathematical calculations, and it is considered the starting point of computer training. The first teacher trained the first student on the operation of the abacus.

Over the years, other devices were created to aid in mathematical computations, but the abacus remained the original "computer." With the aid of electronics, the first computer was invented, which could fill an entire room. However, many computers from that era are still in use today. The purpose of the first computer was to complete complex mathematical operations in little or no time.

In the beginning, computers were used primarily by scientists and mathematicians. Later, they became more prevalent and made their way into universities and other higher learning institutions. Students stood in line to sign up for computer training classes, and many were turned away due to over-crowding.

As technology advanced, computers began shrinking in size, and their prices decreased. Eventually, computers became affordable enough for the average person to own. They also became portable, such as laptops.

Universities, small colleges, and technical colleges offered computer training courses. High schools initially offered computer science courses, where basic computer programming and computer basics were taught. Computers then made their way into middle schools and elementary schools. Nowadays, everyone attending public schooling is exposed to some form of computer training.

Young school-aged students began having more experience than the older generation. It seemed they were outpacing their elders in at least that one area of expertise.

The older generation recognized the need for computer training, but many were busy raising the younger generation. They found it difficult to take time to attend formal computer training in a classroom environment. Computers were in the workplace, and higher-paying jobs were going to those with computer knowledge or outright expertise.

Companies, institutions, and computer experts recognized this and took advantage of it. The lack of computer training and/or lack of time created a niche, and computer training took off. Online computer training courses became available for just about anyone that could find their way onto the internet. This truly brought computers to everyone.

Considering the above account, one can't help but wonder what the next step in the growth of computer training will be.

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