Courses

The Specialists Guild offers training tailored to visual and kinetic learning styles more common in autistic adults and those with learning differences. We emphasize practicing hands-on skills and how to find useful information, rather than the memorizing of facts. We strive to help students to reclaim confidence in their abilities and to accept and work within their challenges. Our work readiness training teaches people to be aware of social challenges and the possible pitfalls of workplace interactions, and to practice how to deal with these in a safe setting. Our class setup closely models the open office so common in tech companies, so student can experience and measure their tolerance for this environment. 

Tech Jobs Survey Course

Offers basic training and hands-on skills training to three areas of tech employment: IT, Programing and Software QA. The goal of the course is to evaluate - both by the student and the staff  - whether one of these fields would be both of interest and a suitable career for the individual. Please note that the technical items covered are subject to revision based on industry relevance and class progress:

IT Module                                                                                                                         
Number systems, binary and hexadecimal notation, protocol stacks, TCP/IP, networking, PXE OS installs, Linux command line basics, Linux computer setup, router management and setup, security concerns, life as a IT engineer.

Programming Module                                                                                                           
Basic programing concepts, installing Python tools, Python programing fundamentals, embedded C++ programing, coding a game, robot or similar project on Arduino platform, life as a coder.

Software QA Module                                                                                                        
Testing vocabulary and fundamentals, test  cases, test execution and documentation, test case design and authoring, testing tools, bug tracking, Agile and SCRUM methodologies, life as a QA engineer.

The Tech Survey course is offered with modules starting monthly on a rotating basis, with the exception of July and December (in consideration of vacations and holidays). Students accepted into the program can start any month subject to available space.

ISTQB Software Testing Fundamentals


3 month intensive course following the ISTQB (International Software Testing Quality Board) syllabus for testers. Hands-on practice with website and mobile device testing, cloud-based testing tools, bug trackers and the typical life of a tester. This course may be offered periodically when a sufficient number of applicants show interest. Prerequisite: completion of TSG survey course.


Future Course Offerings

Python Programming
This course may be offered if sufficient number of students show aptitude and interest. The goal is to let students explore a favorite area and create a cloud based portfolio project with instructor guidance. Students are expected to work independently ( as they would in a job) and discover solutions own their own. It is hoped that students could use the resulting project as an example of their work skills with prospective employers.

Android app development
This course is in the planning stages and may be offered if sufficient number of students show aptitude and interest. The goal is to let students explore a favorite area and create an app based portfolio project with instructor guidance. Students are expected to work independently ( as they would in a job) and discover solutions own their own. It is hoped that students could use the resulting project as an example of their work skills with prospective employers.

Self guided coding project
This course is in the planning stages and may be offered to students with aptitude and interest if a suitable mentor can be found. Students are expected to work independently at home, manage their own time and discover solutions own their own. Mentors would be available to consult on chat or call (as mutually agreed between student and mentor). It is hoped that students could use the resulting project as an example of their work skills with prospective employers.