I discovered that many of my very busy colleagues are having an extremely \ndifficult time pulling themselves away to take vital training when it \nrequires being away for consecutive days. I just completed training for .NET \nin Chicago through a mentored learning program that personally helped me to \ntackle that same issue. Though the mentored learning training allows \ncomplete interaction with classroom version labs and interaction with an on \nstaff expert on the topic, it does require some discipline in that I was \nresponsible for the pace I was moving. The benefit for me is that I did not \nhave to commit myself to a set schedule of consecutive days being \ninaccessible. I had the flexibility to engage in the mentored learning \nprogram once a week until I completed the course. Plus the mentored learning \nlab was very comfortable and for some of my colleagues who would are able to \ntravel, it is near O'Hare Airport and there is a hotel next door.\n\nOnce I get more help in our data center, I do plan on spending some time, \nand some of our firmâ€™s money on some instructor-led classes that will require \nme to be away for consecutive days and I can get done a lot quicker. This \nparticular training centers line-up of classes and its personnel impressed \nme. I thought I would alert the rest of you to this attractive alternative \nand would be happy to provide you the details on a need to know basis either \nthrough this discussion group or you can send me an email to \n[email][/email].