Drupal Open Training Class in Washington DC – June 28, 29, 30

Our CEO, Tom Erickson, announced right around the time of Drupalcon, that Heather James was joining Acquia (the Commercial Drupal support company) to fulfill goal of ours for some time – to provide Drupal education on a scalable, global basis.

We’re very excited to announce an offering that we’ve been working on for some time now with our partners at Chapter 3 LLC and Carahsoft – Drupal Training in the Washington, DC area on June 28, 29, 30th. With Drupal becoming a core platform for supporting President Obama’s Open Government Directive and the demand on Drupal talent to support customer projects in the DC
area, we feel that a “Drupal in a Day” class and “Drupal for Site
Builders” class will be highly relevant.

Drupal in a Day will be an overview of creating a Drupal site from start to finish. Participants will start with a blank
website and, already having seen the final site, will start with adding
and managing users, creating user profiles, adding custom content and
managing that content (including turning on and off comments, or
setting comments to read-only). Participants will then create custom
content types and look at Views to display this content in various
parts throughput the site including creating custom blocks and custom
list pages such as a blogroll or last five images added or latest blog
posts added to the site.

Drupal for Site Builders is a 2 day, in-depth extension to the first course. This course is designed both for users
with no Drupal experience and those who are familiar with Drupal and
want to expand their knowledge and dig deeper into their sites. The
course provides in-depth discussions on Drupal’s installation process
and managing users, comments, and content. Participants will also
review Drupal’s block system and using taxonomy to categorize their

On the first day, significant time is devoted to creating new content types using the Content Construction Kit (CCK) and exploring
field types, widgets, and the corresponding settings.

The second day is dedicated entirely to CCK and Views. Views is a powerful tool that is used to create custom pages, blocks, and RSS
feeds on your site. Participants will finish the day by creating a
photo gallery using CCK, Imagefield, and Views.

In summary – those wishing to get more familiar with Drupal, at a high level, may wish to attend the first day – but those wishing to get
a level of “end to end” experience with Drupal, would benefit from
attending all three days.

The course is available for purchase immediately to anyone in the DC area from our partner, Carahsoft. Those wishing to attend can sign up here.

If anyone has specific questions on course curriculum, they can contact Heather James at Acquia ([email protected]).

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