As some of you may know, we recently won our episode of Greenlight Maine, putting us one step closer to winning the $100,000 grand prize! We went head-to-head against the creator of College Helpers in front of a panel of three judges: Tom O’Donnell, the principle of Macpage; Mike Duguay, the executive director of the Harold Alfond Institute for Business; and Becky Conrad, the president of the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce. Each of us were given time to pitch our business, and we were judged not only on the quality of our pitch but also the long-term growth potential of our company.
When I was in high school, I was obsessed with computers. Like most kids that age, my friends and I loved playing video games, but we also loved creating things. The first computer program I wrote with a friend was a short game of Madlibs. The game started by asking you for words: adjectives, nouns, places, things you wear, etc. We’d then take those words and insert them into a pre-built story invariably designed to make whatever you had typed into a crude joke. It was a blast!
But one thing was clear when it came to school — there wasn’t a lot of instruction for computers. Sure, we could take a keyboarding class or learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Word, but there wasn’t a class we could take to just “build cool stuff” on the computer. Yet, that’s all we wanted to do! We wanted to build computers from scratch, program new games to play, design animated shorts, create cool video effects, and stay up late into the night making music on the computer. We wanted to learn how to create new things, but there were no classes we could take that would teach us. So, we taught ourselves.
Inspiring & Extraordinary Offerings from Around the Country
Just browsing the fun, practical, completely unlikely possibilities in your local Adult & Community Education brochure makes one thing clear. Program directors in towns and cities around the country relish the opportunity to entertain new, original course ideas from talented community members. We traversed the nation, digitally speaking, to highlight some of the most interesting, inspiring and of-the-moment community education classes you can sign up for right now. Even if you can’t get to Arizona to join a Mariachi band or to Pima to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, this list will at least motivate you to take – or teach – a class in your own hometown.
Here at CourseStorm HQ, we consider it our job to make it simple for students to connect to those great classes of yours. So, as you might imagine, we’re about as disappointed as anyone when a class has to cancel because there just aren’t enough students registered. It’s not great for you and your team who have worked hard to make the class available, it’s not great for the instructor who’s excited to share their knowledge, and it’s not great for the students who were really looking forward to taking that class!
Well, thankfully, just in time for Fall registration, we’re adding a brand new way to help you cancel fewer classes, automatically, and it’s launching today!
As we promised last week, we’ve launched a brand new administration area for CourseStorm making it even easier to manage all your classes, registrations, waiting lists, and more!
Hi everyone – Matt here!
I wanted to make a quick post today to share with you a big new change coming to CourseStorm. Next week, we’ll be introducing a fantastic new administration area that we hope you love as much as we do. It’s modern, powerful, and still impossibly simple.
There’s so much great stuff that today we thought we’d send out a video offering a sneak peek at the changes coming next week.
We love hearing from all of you so, as always, if you have any feedback, just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Here at CourseStorm, we’re very big on spending as much time as possible on helping our customers, whether that be with individual phone and email support, creating new features to make things even easier, or dreaming up our next big concept. Sometimes we spend so much time in-deep giving each of our customers a great experience that we don’t spend enough time telling everyone what an excellent company we have and what great stuff we’re working on.
Well, thanks to the wonderful startup and entrepreneurship community in Maine, we’ve been given the chance to tell our story. Read more
We are very excited to have been selected as finalists for the Top Gun Entrepreneurship Program‘s pitch contest. The showcase event, featuring pitches from 10 fantastic companies across Maine, will be held at The Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday, June 3rd (otherwise known as tomorrow). If you’re interested in attending to see CourseStorm co-founder Matt James deliver the pitch for parents looking to simplify the process of registering their children for activities, register to attend here.
Or, if you’re a Maine-based entrepreneur looking to grow your business, build additional skills, and extend your professional network, we highly recommend participating in future classes of Top Gun. It’s a great program!
Much thanks to the fine folks at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, and Blackstone Accelerates Growth for all the hard work put into growing this program year after year. It has been an honor to participate.
Good luck to all the presenters — it’s going to be a great evening!
We’re incredibly happy to present the new CourseStorm website. With updated info on features, pricing, and FAQs, it’s the perfect place to find out more about what we have to offer. We’re also proud to include a section dedicated purely to the latest news and updates coming out of our office in beautiful Orono, Maine.
But our favorite page, by far, is dedicated to the superstar programs we get to work with every day: our customers. We couldn’t feel more privileged to be a part of the fantastic programming they offer. Check back soon as we’ll be adding even more great profiles in the coming weeks.
I know we normally spend these posts letting you know about the great new features we have and how we hope you’re all going to love them, but I wanted to break tradition a bit today to say, “Wow!”