ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- Web Design Learning Center of New Jersey brings real life development practices to a classroom environment. Students in the new program receive hands-on instruction from a company that has developed websites from A to Z for entertainment, fitness, logistics, medical and education companies.
“We have decided to teach others to do what we do,’’ said Elias Ocasio, the owner of Nariel LLC, who has been in business for 12 years as a web designer. “The benefit that someone coming to our class is one, you will be taught by someone who is doing this every day. Two, you’ll be taught from a business standpoint, not a conceptual standpoint. We can tell you why it should be done a certain way. The instructors you’ll be learning from design and develop web sites day in and day out.”
Web Design Learning Center, a division of Nariel, is located in Rochelle Park, near the Garden State Mall, on the corner of West Passaic Street and Rochelle Avenue. Most classes are 18 hours of instruction, which can be broken up over three or six sessions.
Web Design Learning Center offers nine distinct classes, starting with a Web Level 1 class that teaches HTML and CSS code. Classes get more advanced, and offer sessions on mobile design, email and Photoshop.
Ocasio said students interested in the class should have an affinity for technology or design. College graduates who are stuck in their current career path or want to expand their skill sets would make good candidates for the program.
“It would be a good program for someone just out of college who perhaps can’t find work in their field because they have no hands-on experience in web design,’’ Ocasio said. “College won’t prepare you for real world work. It’s mostly theory. This will allow someone to start building a portfolio of their own work. It would be a good option for someone who started out as a designer, but they need to learn more intricate stuff. Another candidate could be an administrator in an office of a small business so that they won’t have to outsource their web design. We’ll train them to maintain it and edit it.”
Other schools offer web design, but Ocasio said his program offers smaller class sizes and maintains a more exclusive focus. “You’re not going to learn a million different things,’’ he said. “We focus on teaching the technologies that are used most.”
Ocasio said the market is open for web designers, and it’s not a market that is going away.
“It’s a growing field,’’ Ocasio said. “Our classes give you a good foundation. There are always things coming out in technology, and students can add to their toolbox as they go. If students want to venture out into other computer languages, they will have a good foundation to do so.”
Classes range from $325 to $975. A six-course Certificate Curriculum program in web design is $3,600.
For complete information, visit the Web Design Learning Center of New Jersey website at http://www.wdlcnj.com/