THIS is the kind of answer I was looking for. Thank you for your help.I'm taking EC-001 right now. It's well paced; convenient to do at your own time & place; and has mentors who are knowledgeable and engaged. Material is relevant. MOODLE online class management tool is a navigational challenge, at best.
I've taken a range of local ARES training here in Santa Clara Valley. I find the local classes to be good quality and focused on local practice. ARRL's EC-001 has a broader perspective and is exposing me to tools and process we do not use locally, yet. So, yes I find EC-001 to be worthwhile and worth the time I'm putting forth.