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One-day Microsoft and Office Skills Workshops

Think You Know Word?

If you are self-taught in Word, you may be missing a lot of bells and whistles that make documents effective. Capture your audience with visual design features that are easy to read and stay with readers. Learn keyboard and mouse shortcuts to streamline the processing of your words and sentences in this instructor led, hands-on class. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Shortcuts for navigation, insertion, deletion and selection
  • Formatting fonts with bolding, bullets and numbers
  • Creative use of cut, copy and paste
  • Format printer
  • Tables, including design variations for maintaining lists and resumes, agendas, itineraries, content comparisons, sidelines
  • Graphics, SmartArt, watermarks, hyperlinks, print screen function and WordArt
  • Page numbering
  • Borders, shading
  • Headers/footers
  • Shortcut features like AutoCorrect, Quick Parts, find and replace
  • Margins, tabs
  • Screenshots and snipping for instructional documents
  • Page breaks, drop caps
  • Columns for newsletters, announcements, bulletin boards
  • Saving alternatives
  • Labels and envelopes
  • Spelling, grammar, thesaurus

$99 + $5 nonrefundable registration fee

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Excel 2013

This instructor-led, hands-on computer skills class teaches you to design, format, save and print spreadsheets, using formulas for adding, averaging, tracking and summarizing. Learn to create and maintain records and more. Come away with helpful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Navigation and keyboard shortcuts
  • Text, number and date shortcuts
  • Add columns, rows (AutoSum, auto calculate)
  • Manual nath formulas (average, count, etc.)
  • Use "cell references" with formulas
  • Copy formulas (fill handle)
  • Hide columns, rows; protect worksheets
  • Cut, copy, paste spreadsheets, ranges and formulas
  • Delete/insert rows and columns
  • AutoCorrect
  • Print options (orientation, margins, gridlines, headers/footers)
  • Create charts to illustrate your spreadsheets; revise and format charts
  • Create, sort and filter lists
  • Apply formatting options, including conditional formatting
  • Create electronic comments and custom views
  • Apply graphics to emphasize important points
  • Entry and formula shortcuts
  • Create and maintain databases (text formulas, including concatenation)
  • Import databases from other programs
  • Database formulas (proper, trim, and, left, right, etc.)
  • Apply conditional formatting options.
  • Create date and time formulas

$99 + $5 nonrefundable registration fee

50636-PDEV-5006-155
Fri, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jun 23, 2017, Lincoln

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Excel 2013 Advanced

This instructor led, hands-on computer skills class includes a review keyboard and mouse shortcuts. Learn statistical, financial, logical, lookup and math formulas in addition to validation rules, conditional formatting and customizing the Excel environment. Come away with helpful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Advanced charting
  • Trend formulas, standard deviation, V and H lookups, IF statements, etc.
  • Database maintenance including validation rules
  • Subtotals
  • Summary/consolidation sheets
  • Link worksheets and workbooks
  • Absolute referencing
  • CountIF, and SumIF formulas
  • AND, OR formulas
  • Create macros and templates
  • Audit formulas and identify errors
  • Create Watch Windows and named ranges
  • Automate row and column comparisons

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PowerPoint 2013

This instructor-led, hands-on computer skills class enables you to develop powerful PowerPoint slides for work, home, projects, family and biographical presentations. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Slide content: planning, opening slides, sequencing
  • Content tips (How much text? How many objects?)
  • Bullet/number slides (variations, sequencing, layout)
  • Graphics, shapes (alternatives to bullets; use color to influence mood; use images to reinforce message)
  • SmartArt (effective use of diagrams)
  • Photos and internet photos (formatting options)
  • Copy/paste shortcuts (from other programs; linking)
  • Screenshots, Snipping Tool
  • Align objects for consistency and effect
  • WordArt for closing slides
  • Create/import org charts, graphs and tables
  • Hyperlinks to other programs and the internet
  • Insert media clips, movies, sounds
  • Views: Slide Sorter, Outline, Notes as editing and presenting tools
  • Presenting: transitions, animation, hiding slides, pausing and highlighting
  • Consistency (Slide Master)
  • Automatic presentations (narrations, timing)
  • Handouts (creating effective takeaways for audience)
  • Presentation methods to connect with individuals and groups

$99 + $5 nonrefundable registration fee

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Microsoft Access Databases 2013

In this instructor-led, hands-on computer skills workshop, you will learn how to store, organize and query information about customers, employees, students, activities, inventories, etc. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Understand how Access databases work
  • Learn how to work with and maintain an existing database
  • Design and create queries and reports that extract, consolidate and track database information
  • Design and create forms for ease of data processing
  • Link to other Microsoft applications (Excel, Word)
  • Understand the how Access can automate workflow via the links among its tables, queries, forms and reports
  • Create a database of your own: design tables and import from external sources and establish table relationships
  • Create drop-down lists to simplify data entry; formulas in reports to enhance information; mail merge and labels; command buttons in forms to automate navigation and data; and validation rules to ensure data consistency

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Computer Know-how (All the Basics)

If you struggle with computers, from basic navigation with a keyboard and a mouse to setting up emails and searching internet sites, this instructor-led, hands-on, computer skills class will help. All the basics of computer knowledge will be covered at a relaxed pace. Come away with helpful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Title bar
  • Toolbars
  • Menu bars
  • Status bars
  • Scroll bars
  • Drop-down bars
  • Sub-menus
  • Dialogue boxes
  • Saving and naming files in appropriate folders
  • Retrieve
  • Revise
  • Rename
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Mouse functions
  • Printing options
  • Internet browsers (search, navigation, pitfalls, research, printing)
  • Key words in searches
  • Back, forward, stop, refresh
  • History
  • Home buttons
  • Address bar
  • Loading status
  • Web address structures and navigation
  • Hyperlinks
  • Navigation buttons
  • Virus avoidance
  • Email

$99 + $5 nonrefundable registration fee

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Manage Time with Technology Workshop

Instructor led, hands-on, computer skills workshop to help you manage your time by making effective use of Microsoft computer features in the most popular programs: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and email. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content includes time-saving tips for:
  • Computers (streamline and connect Excel, Word and PowerPoint using Microsoft tools)
  • Email (organize and prioritize your inbox and streamline new mail, deletions, etc.)
  • Written communication (put some energy in your email and memos)
  • Make practical, meaningful reminders and to-do lists electronically
  • Meetings (make use of computer applications to make meetings more effective)
  • Phones (smartphone management, office phone controls)

$99 + $5 nonrefundable registration fee

50588-PDEV-5029-152
Monday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 26, 2017, Lincoln

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Graphics Computer Workshop

Learn to dress up your documents, spreadsheets and presentations with Microsoft graphic tools in this instructor-led, hands-on computer skills workshop. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Shapes
  • SmartArt diagrams
  • Charts
  • Web images
  • ClipArt/WordArt pictures and styles
  • Text boxes
  • Drawing tools (like Shadow and 3-D effects)
  • Image formatting (add weight, apply gradients, textures, and patterns, change line and fill colors, and apply customization)
  • Bring objects to your documents from computer files and Internet
  • Learn how to arrange and align them, place them within text, and add customized text to them.
  • Create hyperlinks to files and websites
  • Snipping tool
  • Screenshots
  • Screen prints
  • Watermarks
  • Page colors
  • Page borders

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Energize Your Email

In this instructor-led, hands-on class, you’ll create reader-focused emails that avoid tone problems and get priority attention, communicating more effectively and producing results. Use a five-step process to save time and increase efficiency. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Focus on purpose and goal
  • Choose communication methods (email, IM, texting)
  • Create a fast outline based on reader’s potential questions
  • Energize subject lines for impact; use key words; stick to single subjects
  • Sequence paragraphs (place conclusions up front!)
  • Create a visual design (headers above key paragraphs in longer emails, bullets, numbers)
  • Generate a draft of your email (don’t click “send!”)
  • Edit: spelling, grammar, punctuation
  • Basic tone: openings, closings, active voice
  • Streamline over-long sentences
  • Eliminate verbal baggage (use smaller words)
  • Avoid stagnant words, phrases and technical clichés
  • Tone: negative, stuffy, flowery messages
  • Angry messages (including sarcasm, irony, venting)
  • Personal emails
  • Privacy, copyrights, libel, security
  • Distribution lists, all-staff memos, political, religious messages, chain mail, forwarding messages, out-of-office messages, address book considerations

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Critical Thinking Workshop

This instructor-led, hands-on workshop will help you to recognize and evaluate problems and opportunities, establish causes and effects, and deal efficiently with complex situations both in your work and at home. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Define and limit the problem (identify what the problem really is, not the symptoms of the problem or the emotional connection to the problem)
  • Gather pertinent information for the solution (make sure what evidence you are supplied with can be verified)
  • Formulate practical, appropriate reactions/plans (differentiate between assumptions and facts)
  • Explore what impact your response will have in the workplace or at home, both to the issue at hand and interested parties
  • Draw final conclusions and set up action (or recommendation in work situations)
  • We work with case studies and use the studies to apply critical thinking methods to actual situations among the people attending.
  • Each learner will develop both a work-related and personal project.

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Technical Writing Workshop

This instructor-led, hands-on class will teach you how to write technical reports, templates, emails, etc. faster and better. Communicate more effectively, make clear points and produce results. Avoid technical jargon and streamline technically complex sentences. Come away with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Isolate the document’s purpose
  • Adopt your readers’ perspectives (technical and nontechnical) to determine how to engage them
  • Use brainstorming to isolate details or create an outline of reader’s questions (separate essential from nonessential detail)
  • Use headlines to develop a personal template (or work wisely within organization templates)
  • Sequence content: key information first
  • Generate sentences under broad headlines (just write – resist editing)
  • Streamline long, overly technical sentences
  • Replace passive voice with active voice where possible
  • Avoid technical clichés and jargon; watch acronyms; avoid abruptness
  • Format: bolding, bullets, blank space
  • Proofread: punctuation, sentence structure, run-ons, parallelism and tone

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Résumé and Cover Letter Boot Camp

Write from scratch or edit your résumé and cover letter (bring if you have them) to accentuate your skills and ensure readability. Learn how to make clear, job-appropriate points and produce results. Use visual design elements of Microsoft Word to enhance the look of your work. Come away from this instructor-led, hands-on class with useful handouts filled with shortcuts, step-by-step guides and tips.

Class content:
  • Define cover letters and résumés (persuasive writing)
  • Résumés: Required information (name, address, contact information, education, past jobs, volunteer experience, special skills, etc.)
  • Writing with purpose
  • Who’s your audience?
  • Types of résumés (functional and chronological)
  • Brainstorm content
  • Create a résumé template
  • Design content (visually appropriate and appealing)
  • Edit for ease of reading
  • Grammatical and spelling corrections
  • Edit résumés to fit certain opportunities
  • Cover letters: (personalizing a résumé)
  • Required information (heading, date, salutation, body paragraphs, closing and signature)
  • Establish writer’s voice
  • Detail experience
  • Relevant information
  • Visual design
  • Proofreading tips
  • Create a cover letter template
  • Draft, print, review résumés and cover letters
  • Final edits
  • Final printing and saving

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Contact Information

CWCE Office Locations

Knight Campus, Warwick
400 East Avenue, 4th Floor
Warwick, RI 02886
Tel: 401-825-1214

Flanagan Campus, Lincoln
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865
Tel: 401-333-7070

Liston Campus, Providence
One Hilton Street
Providence, RI 02905
Tel: 401-455-6144

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Last Updated: 6/20/17