GET TO KNOW: Upgrades Training Center

Last Updated on March 21, 2016 by cassnetwork

We want people to know about all the great things our community has to offer, so we’re inviting every business, organization and program in Cass County to be featured on Cass County Online.  All you have to do is use this link to tell us about yourself.

upgradesThis week’s featured business is Upgrades Training Center, owned by Erica Hopkins. Upgrades Training Center is located at 109  S. Fifth St. in Logansport and can be reached by phone at 574-753-5100 or online at Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Upgrades Training Center is a full service training firm.  For business and industry, we provide contract training design and facilitation, consulting, and web and marketing services.  We specialize in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office and OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses, but we can fulfill nearly any training need for any industry.  We have amassed a vast network of instructors in many different fields and industries.

For individuals, we provide open enrollment workshops and certification programs.   UTC is the home of The Vine Arts wine and painting workshops.  We offer an adult (21+) wine and painting event on the second Friday of every month, and an all-ages painting event on the third Saturday of every month.  We also offer private Vine Arts parties.

Upgrades is an Indiana Department of Workforce Development approved training provider,an Authorized Certiport Testing Center, and an Authorized AutoDesk Academic Resource Center.  We currently provide certification courses and testing for the following:   AutoDesk Certified User (ACU): AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Specialist (MOUS) Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

We also offer one-on-one basic computer training, and resume development, and provide free clothing through Emily’s Closet, a donation based program which collects and then redistributes career clothing to people in need, for new jobs and interviews.

“When I was working as an undergrad at ISU, I was enrolled in a course where the final project consisted of writing a business plan from start to finish,” owner Erica Hopkins says. “I developed the specifics of a community training center throughout the semester.  Several years later, after I had finished my Bachelors and Masters degrees, I ran across the business plan while I was cleaning out a bookshelf.  I started reading it, and got excited about the possibility of making it a reality. I opened Upgrades Training Center on July 13, 2014.”

Various local instructors work as independent contractors.

“I wish more people knew that Upgrades is not JUST an “Arts and Crafts” center,” Hopkins says. “You can view our Course Calendar on the website which always has updated information for upcoming courses and programs.  You can follow our Facebook page to take part in our Vine Arts Voting contests, and you can join our mailing list (on the website) to keep up to date.  If you have never been to Upgrades, come on down and see what’s going on.”