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Maximize your office productivity and performance by learning the latest software. Instructors offer hands-on learning and you'll gain experience with many popular office software programs.

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Touch typing, or keyboarding as it’s known today, is an essential computer skill. Keyboarding is used in many jobs today and is projected to be an even more crucial IT skill in the future. Imagine how efficient you could be if you didn’t have to think about each and every letter you type. If you have never developed beyond the hunt-and-peck technique this class is for you. In just a few weeks you will feel more confident in your keyboarding skills and be able to get more work done.

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 04/10/17

Tuition: $59.00



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There is more horsepower with Google than just finding information on the Internet. Learn about the different FREE tools offered by Google. We will focus on using tools to send emails, manage a calendar, create a document PLUS give a brief overview of what all the other tools can offer.

Start date: 02/21/17

End date: 02/21/17

Tuition: $35.00



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There is more horsepower with Google than just finding information on the Internet. Learn about the different FREE tools offered by Google. We will focus on using tools to send emails, manage a calendar, create a document PLUS give a brief overview of what all the other tools can offer.

Start date: 04/25/17

End date: 04/25/17

Tuition: $35.00



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Learn about the cloud and how to use it. Expand your existing knowledge and get the most out of your iPad or tablet technology by learning some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier and even more enjoyable! Please bring your device to class.

Start date: 04/04/17

End date: 04/04/17

Tuition: $19.00



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Must-have skills to succeed in the workplace include the ability to create, edit and manage presentations in Microsoft (MS) PowerPoint, documents in MS Word, email and calendars in MS Outlook, and spreadsheets in MS Excel. Microsoft Office Suite of applications is the most used software tool in the world. Stay current with this class, as it is always up-to-date and will change as the features of MS Office change over time. Master the most common uses so that you can work faster and more efficiently and can take your computer skills from plain and drab to exciting and engaging. You will leave class with a set of skills that are a workplace requirement in today’s fast paced ever-changing environment and will enable your future career success. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to Microsoft Word Explore the different parts of the Word document and document navigation Learn how to format paragraphs, line spacing and fonts Add and modify bullets, lists, tables, headers, footers, page numbers and page breaks Insert graphical elements including drawing objects, pictures, and charts Utilize proofing features like spell check and grammar check Unit 2 Introduction to Microsoft Excel Explore the different parts of the Excel worksheet and document navigation Understand cells and their makeup and how to populate, format and merge cells Create and manage formulas, tables, charts, and multiple worksheet “workbooks” Printing and PDF file creation including setting print areas Unit 3 Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint Explore the different parts of the PowerPoint presentation Understand slides and their makeup Create, Insert and format slides Insert and modify text, tables, charts, graphics, videos and images Unit 4 Microsoft Outlook Understand Outlook navigation and how the various aspects work together View, create and respond to email messages; format emails and set signature(s) Email etiquette: CC, BCC, threads, quoting and textual interpretation Navigate and search email folders Set email forwarding and filtering rules Request and edit appointments and respond to meeting requests

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00



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A must-have skill to succeed in business, whether an entrepreneur or a valued employee, is the ability to create, edit and manage spreadsheets. Microsoft Excel is the most used spreadsheet tool in the world. Stay current with this class, as it is always up-to-date and will change as the features of Excel change over time. Examine the life of an Excel worksheet and workbook, from creation to presentation. Learn how an Excel worksheet is constructed, populated with content, and edited for delivery. Master the options that can take your Excel worksheet from plain, drab numbers to exciting and engaging multimedia. You will leave class with a set of skills that are in high demand and will be a deciding factor in your future success. Agenda Unit 1 Excel From The Ground Up Why businesses use Excel for spreadsheet management Technical requirements to use Excel (and all Office modules) Launch Excel and create your first Excel worksheet Discover how to protect and save your document Set your document’s Properties and Attributes including Subject, Title and Author Unit 2 Excel Document Creation Explore the different parts of the Excel worksheet and document navigation Understand cells and their makeup Learn how to populate, format and merge cells Create multiple worksheet “workbooks” Learn how to insert comments and check spelling Unit 3 Advanced Features and Functionality Create and manage formulas and functions Filter and sort tables and data Create “live” connections between multiple worksheets Create effective and informative table and charts Unit 4 Excel Management and Sharing Create meaningful file names and understand filing systems to manage Excel documents Organize your documents on your hard drive and learn how to copy and move documents Manage track changes when co-authoring documents Printing and PDF file creation including setting print areas Learn how to export Excel tables and charts to PowerPoint presentations and Word documents Use Outlook to send Excel worksheets and workbooks to other users

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Create a database and organize data efficiently using Access by learning basic database functions. Topics covered will include creating a database, using tables, forms and queries and generating reports with easy-to-use wizards. Learn how to sort and retrieve data simply and efficiently with your new skills. Manual included.  

Start date: 03/21/17

End date: 03/23/17

Tuition: $149.00



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Data accuracy and consistency improves through the use of spreadsheets. Learn how to create, edit, and format spreadsheets with Excel. Learn basic formulas including relative and absolute references, select cells and ranges, modify columns and rows, print and preview worksheets, and become more efficient with AutoFill and AutoComplete. Learn tips and tricks for Excel. Manual included.  

Start date: 02/14/17

End date: 02/16/17

Tuition: $159.00



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This course will help you improve your spreadsheets with advanced formatting. Learn to manage multiple worksheets and workbooks, insert headers and footers, create macros, sort data, and create charts. Relative and absolute formulas will also be reviewed. Save time and learn more options by mastering Excel with the easy tips and tricks you will receive from our experienced instructor! Manual included.  

Start date: 03/28/17

End date: 03/30/17

Tuition: $149.00



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If you are looking for help creating, practicing and giving presentations that strike a chord with your audience, Microsoft PowerPoint can do the job. Learn how to use PowerPoint to create stunning visual presentations that include graphics, multimedia, animation, sounds, charts and much more.

Start date: 04/11/17

End date: 04/13/17

Tuition: $149.00



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Learn the fundamentals of QuickBooks to track the finances of your business. Learn the sales process, how to track revenue, manage expenses, reconcile bank transactions, set up files, customize forms, create reports and graphs, and much more. This class is taught on PC's, not Mac computers.

Start date: 05/30/17

End date: 06/01/17

Tuition: $159.00



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