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I need help with learning to search the net.

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Tardis-pony Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey everyone.
I have a serious problem, in that I can't seem to ever find what I want when I google.
For example, I just was seeking a vocational class in Washington state, and I cannot! For the life of me find one.

I've been yelled at by my parents, and other relatives, saying I'm not putting enough into the searches. But I searched just like this.

washington state vocational class
Classes to learn a trade in Washington state
4 week courses in Washington

I did variants on this...

Please help!
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RandomRobskii Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
Have you considered searching for 'plumbing' course, or 'mechanics' course instead of 'vocation'? That's so broad, how do you expect google to narrow it down to what you want?
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Searching the internet is like asking a genie to grant you bigger balls, you got to rub it the right way to get the result you want.
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signsofortune Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Google is not the answer to everything. Sometimes one needs to investigate specific websites rather than trust in google. As someone else here suggested, in this case it would be a good idea to investigate particular school websites. perhaps community colleges in your area. look at their website and try to find the information there (likely in a catalogue ) However, if you fail to find the information in this manner, it is also feasable to give each university a phone call. If you don't get the right person on the line the first time, ask them to give you the number at which you can get the information you are looking for.

It's important to use a few different methods when searching for this kind of information, but ultimately, having an expert to talk to is King. Of course, not everyone you reach on a phone call is an expert. Many of them will have no idea what you are talking about. Just continue to ask for a better number from the person on the phone, and eventually you should find the person who will be able to give you all the answers you are looking for.

A final note: not all colleges have all their information on the internet, especially if they are small colleges. So for serious phone might be the way to go. And, like Omega-Werewolf said, You CAN call them.

(because phone calls may be expensive, ) Alternately, look up a school you are interested in and find an email address (perhaps a helpdesk email address or something similar) then send your question to that email address.

here is the helpdesk message utility for washington state community college: [link]
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Lexi247 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Have you tried different search engines? Sometimes yahoo or bing will bring up different things. Good luck!
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Probably need to know what sort of vocation you are looking for.

Would probably also work better if you knew what city.

CNA class Seattle Washington would probably get you results, or Beautician classes in Olympia Washingtion. It's a big state.

Most of the time vocational schools list as something like Professional college, or career education.
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nokari Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I did a search for "Washington State vocational schools and these were the first 3 results:


I think your problem here was in trying to find a class before finding the right school or you are expecting to find the perfect result from a search. You have to dig through results to find what you need. All you need to do is find schools that teach the type of courses you want and then browse their catalogs on their sites. The above links should help you do that. If all you find is the name of a school that has the program you want but no links, then go back and google the name of the school to find their website and then browse that.
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SmarticleParticle Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Did you try using advanced search? Maybe there's a directory of classes available on the net which you could search. :shrug:
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Why didn't you just go to the Washington-whatever website and look there?
Or even better, CALL THEM!
Cell phones are these wonderful devices that allow you to communicate with people long distances from you.


Also you Googled it wrong. You need to Google big bootied donk busters.
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Tardis-pony Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't call them, I'm in Europe you donk :P
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Yes you can!
It's called long distance.

They might even have a recruiter that would cyber sex with you on Skype.

(You like my donk)
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Tardis-pony Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, you keep telling yourself that Wolfie.
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WEEKOLDMILK Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Even the most difficult of subjects can be found with the right words. Keywords are a MAJOR part of Engine search. True the downside to this is that many times one keyword will be used hundreds of times, but still every little bit narrows down, right?

From your post I see that you have gone about your search entirely wrong. You have neglected to state what type of class you wish to take. Vocational is a broad term. When you search again, try using sentences and questions that include the state, city, specific class, and any other information you think is important. For example: Are there any *woodshop* courses near Seattle, WA?

It's all about which words you use and how you use them. The internet has become so vast that everything needs to be as specific as possible, whether it be jobs, classes, games, or even porn (yea, it's sad that something like porn has to be specific in an attempt to search isn't it?).

So try that and see what happens. Hope that helps. I'd be happy to help you more if your efforts still come up vain. Just note me if you need help or advice.
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gamerdude500 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bing is a pretty good search engine, might want to try there :)
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gamerdude500 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bing is a pretty good search engine, might want to try there :)
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AvisCelox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Google will adjust the results you get based on what you have clicked on in the past, so if you've never looked for this sort of thing it might not show up. Maybe try another search engine, such as DuckDuckGo (doesn't track you and modify results)?
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puppy-dangerous Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You need to look in a specific school, not just in general.

Go to the school website and click on 'catalog' and it will give you a list of the classes they offer and what category they fall under.

You're not going to find a site that lists every class offered by every school.
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