Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has just celebrated the first-year anniversary of their highly successful "Gift of Education" program.

Through the Gift of Education, non-profit educational organizations dedicated to providing training in the creative media arts have access to an extensive list of training programs from Class on Demand at no cost.

The award-winning training provides teachers and students in-depth video-based instruction for all aspects of digital media production. To date, the program's popularity has had a phenomenal impact on over 100 educators; improving the quality of training materials and learning from the traditional classroom in public high schools to the non-profit educators teaching in impoverished nations.

"When we started this program, we wanted to ensure that young people had access to digital media training… that they were able to communicate using next generation tools, whether it be making a movie for YouTube or a video paper for their college English course. But it has turned into so much more than that. Our training materials are reaching beyond the traditional educational channels to organizations that are dedicated to a wide range of inspiring educational initiatives," said Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. "We have one new member setting up a program to train wounded soldiers and another organizing digital media training communities in countries where the average education ends in the 4th grade. All of us at Class on Demand want to thank them for their dedication to teaching. It is an honor to support their efforts.

Educational institutions have used the Class on Demand Gift of Education materials to equip teachers and students with the lessons and materials for learning the latest in digital media production. Gift of Education program member, Efrain Diaz of the Global Help Foundation, connected with Class on Demand to help support the Einstein Community Lab initiative launched in Nicaragua in March 2009. Part of the Einstein Community Lab's focus is teaching the children of Nicaragua video production. Diaz was already familiar with the Class on Demand training style and knew that the materials would be ideal for helping Einstein Community Lab instructors prepare lesson materials. The Class on Demand visual instruction approach provided an excellent platform for jumpstarting the creativity in the youngsters. "I cannot begin to tell you just how much we appreciate this program," comments Diaz, "Class on Demand is helping us give these young people a life skill in which they can use as a launch pad for a career in the creative field."

The Gift of Education program also can help educators grow their training curriculum, such in the case of George Cummings of Oceanic Expeditions. George, a videographer and oceanographer, turned to the Class on Demand Gift of Education program to expand upon his work with critically wounded soldiers. Working with the Center for the Intrepid, Cummings has assisted in the scuba training of these brave men and women, his passion is documenting in photos and video their initial scuba experiences and achievements.

At the end of each scuba class students receive their own DVD video, CD with photos and a website link to a captioned photo gallery. George is looking to add the basics of photo editing and video production to his list of educational offerings to the soldiers. "My single goal in working with the CFI has been to do something for those who have done so much for the American way of life." said Cummings. "The scuba program has been such a great success and I see the opportunity to do more. The Class on Demand support, has allowed me to approach and actively engage the CFI Occupational Therapy department with the possibility of training our wounded troops in the basics of photo editing and video productions." Working together I believe we can help both the entry level hobbyist and those who may aspire to become film makers." Cummings hopes to expand into digital production training in 2009.

About Class on Demand Gift of Education Program
Currently, the "Class on Demand Gift of Education" program includes training titles on Adobe, Apple, Avid, Boris FX, NewTek, Sony, Sorenson as well as standard "How To" video production DVDs. For additional Class on Demand information, including how to apply for the program, please call (847) 843-9939 or visit

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About Class on Demand
Class on Demand is a leading producer of education and training programs. Its products and services address the needs of both enthusiasts and professionals. Class on Demand training programs cover a wide range o f topics including; audio and video production, compositing and effects creation, and IT management. Please visit the Class on Demand web site ( for additional information.