New York Graphic & Digital Design Beginners Grouphttp://www.meetup.com/New-York-Graphic-Digital-Design-Beginners-Group/http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/a/1/2/global_291198962.jpeg20130228
This group is for any beginner who wants to get started using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign quickly. No prior experience is necessary, just come with your laptop and the most current version of the program on your machine ready to learn. You will be up and running sooner than you think :).
In addition to software training this group will offer a range of seminars on design-specific topics from graphic design principles all the way to portfolio development, for those who want to start marketing their skills. Be sure to check in often to see what new classes are available.