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The classes tend to target a young professional demographic, one with time to spare in the evenings to learn something new and socialize with like-minded folks.Two friends, Helene de Ridder and Yoka Nassar, watched as that appetite for alternative education grew, and about one year ago, they opened a space dedicated to this casual, inexpensive system of learning. Skillz is an alternative learning center that offers courses in just about any topic for which the pair could find a worthy teacher. At Skillz, classes cost $15 an hour on average.Ridder spent many years in England and Paris working in corporate human resources.They lead a few of the courses, while the majority of the teaching is handled by specialized instructors. Working in a demanding field, these aid and relief providers need access to rapid training, stress management courses and team-building workshops – all of which Skillz has begun to offer.Investing in staff harmony and education is becoming trendy, Ridder said.
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