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Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, we've received many questions from students attending our open enrollment courses at Softek's facility. This provides answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that you are properly prepared for your training experience and that the only "surprises" are pleasant. Please feel welcome to contact us if you have any additional questions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a dress code?

No, there is no dress code. You will find the attire for most students to be business casual. We do encourage you to bring a light sweater due to the temperature in the classroom.

Where exactly are you located?

Softek is located at: 1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 100 Washington, DC 20005. Please view our contact us page for more information.

Are you close to a metro station?

Yes. Our facility is located near the McPherson Square Metro and Farragut North Metro stations.

How early may I arrive?

Public courses at Softek begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 4:00 p.m. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to prepare for the class.

IMPORTANT: If you anticipate being late, please contact us as soon as possible. Depending on the progression of the class and the time of your arrival, you may be asked to reschedule your course. To get the most out of your learning experience and as a courtesy to others, please arrive on time!

Do I need to bring my own laptop?

No. If you attend a course at Softek's training facility, we will provide you with a computer(some training rooms have laptops and some desktops - view pictures of our training rooms) and an external mouse to use. However, if you have any special needs that require special equipment, we ask that you contact us in advance to discuss your needs.

Is there WiFi available?

Yes. We provide guest access to WiFi. You are welcome to use the Internet before class, while on breaks, and after class. As a courtesy, we ask that you refrain from using the Internet during the class.

Are food/drinks allowed in the classroom?

Yes. You are welcome to bring food and drinks into the classroom; however, we ask that you use extreme care and consideration to avoid harming the computers. Softek provides complimentary coffee, tea, and light breakfast items in the morning as well as afternoon snacks and beverages. These typically include sodas, pretzels, and an assortment of cookies.

Is there a place for me to store my lunch?

Yes. You are welcome to bring your lunch; we have a refrigerator and microwave available. There are several lunch locations nearby if you would rather purchase lunch:

  • Peet's Coffee & Tea - 1156 15th St NW
  • Cornerstone Café - 1501 M St NW
  • Così - 1501 K St NW
  • Starbucks - 1110 Vermont Ave NW
  • Pizza Autentica - 1331 L St NW
  • La Villa Restaurant - 1317 14th St NW
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop - 1445 K Street NW
  • Zoup - 1101 Vermont Ave NW
  • Westin City Center - 1400 M St NW

How do I know what's covered in my course?

The topics scheduled to be covered in each course are located in our course catalog. Please be sure to review them prior to the course.

Will there be breaks throughout the day?

Yes. Your instructor will share a detailed schedule at the start of the class. The course schedule consists of two 10-15 minute breaks (morning and afternoon) and a 1-hour lunch break.

Are there any class "rules" that I need to be aware of?

We would rather not call them "rules", but here is a list of "Do's" that we believe will help you gain the most from your training day...

  • DO put your phone in silent mode during the class. If you are obliged to receive a call, excuse yourself from the room to answer it.
  • DO close any web pages, email applications, or other personal work during the lesson. By doing this, you will eliminate any distractions for your classmates as well as yourself!
  • DO give the instructor your full attention...you don't want to miss a tip they may share!
  • DO change the system settings back to their previous settings (e.g., monitor resolution, mouse control, etc.) prior to leaving for the day.
  • DO ask questions, ponder, discuss, analyze, assimilate, and absorb. Then, take a break, come back, and do it all again! Learning is serious business, but it's also challenging, fun, and enlightening!

Do you have anything to help me practice what I've learned?

That's a great question, as we do encourage you to practice using the skills and tools you learn during your class. A great option is to simply download the class files that were used in the class to repeat the exercises from your manual.

What if I have a question that wasn't covered during the class?

If you have any question, we encourage you to call us and we will let you know how we can help! Please view our support policy for more details.

Thank you again for choosing Softek Services, Inc. for your training needs.