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The new year is here, and it’s time for new goals. If your goal is to beef up your job skills or advance in a new career, sometimes it’s as simple as signing up for a class. The following L.A. companies help you to achieve your goals by offering computer classes perfect for any skill level.

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George Kiryama Community Adult School
18120 S. Normandie Ave.
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 354-4900
Price: from $44
www.kiriyama.lausd4adults.orgGeorge Kiryama Community Adult School offers helpful classes open to the community. Start with literacy computer classes, introductory Internet classes, data entry and web page design. In addition to computer classes, participants are encouraged to take advantage of programs including career advancement courses, job skill training, English language skills, trade certificate programs and even computer repair classes. George Kiryama specializes in catering to the elderly population and provides instruction on how to become media and technical savvy for beginners.

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Learnet Academy Incorporated
3251 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-4242
Price: from $3,402 per module
www.learnet.netTo learn the latest on computers and technology, try out the Computer Information Infrastructure class in which students learn about the CITA and COUS computer applications. For career-oriented classes, a contract license program teaches about construction trades and has lessons on how to study for the California Contractors State License Exam. Students who need to work on their English should also take advantage of the English as A Second Language or TOEFL iBT classes.

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353 E. First St.
Los Angeles CA 90012
(213) 621-4158
Price: from $30 per session
www.diskovery.ltsc.orgVisit this computer lab in Little Tokyo for computer classes and at the same time become a part of Asian culture. Not only does this center offer computer classes, students have the choice of instruction in either Japanese or English. Courses include basic computer classes, blogging, computer facial acupuncture, illustration with Microsoft Word and photo retouching. A popular new program created for youth, Story Lab, teaches students to use at least four digital media tools to make stories. Participants can use cameras, online publishing, film and audio to share stories with others in online communities or with the public at the Digital Institute for Youth open house. One-on-one tutoring is also available.

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822 S. Robertson Blvd. Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 358-9648

Price: from $150

www.compumatics.comCompquest offers plenty of computer courses to pick from. Students learn skills for both PC and Mac. Students interested in improving their careers can either take a certificate program or a diploma program, or enroll in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access and Windows classes. Employees in media, online businesses and creative fields can look into classes teaching Intuit QuickBooks, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Dreamweaver. Students considering jobs in the computer industry should take advantage of repair classes here as well.

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RBG Computing
1727 N. Vermont Ave. Suite 209
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 570-1148
Price: from $495
www.pscs6.comRBG Computing boasts a steady assortment of Adobe CS6 Classes offered throughout the year. Students study using either a Macintosh or Windows PC. Courses include Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Not only does RBG teach in a classroom, it also offers one-on-one classes and corporate training. Businesses may teach the entire staff to use programs such as Acrobat and Flash or any other Adobe programs of their choice.

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Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.