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Computer classes certify employees’ skill levels
by Tribune Staff
Feb 18, 2012 | 549 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

RENO — Employers continue to rank computer proficiency as a very important quality for their employees to possess, according to the 2012 Job Outlook Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Truckee Meadows Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division has developed three non-credit computer skills certification programs that offer proof of one’s software prowess.

“We’re here to build their confidence so they can efficiently use these tools in the workplace. The beginning and intermediate programs even offer students an ability to spend time in the classroom and then follow up with some one-on-one attention during instructor-led labs,” said program director Amy Williams.

Each course includes pre- and post- testing that allow students and employers the ability to track skill-building progression. Students attend scheduled classes at TMCC’s Meadowood Center on designated days from 8 a.m. to noon. Labs are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m.

Basic Computer Skills Certification: Students with little or no previous computer experience will learn terminology, how to use a mouse and keyboard, navigate Windows, create simple Word documents and more. This class, which costs $375, is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 5 through 15.

Intermediate Computer Skills Certification: Students will expand their abilities by using tool bar features; creating letters and resumes; building Excel spreadsheets and learning basic formulas. They’ll also produce a basic PowerPoint presentation and receive an introduction into Outlook. This class, which costs $375, will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from March 19 through 29.

Advanced Computer Skills Certification: This program focuses on increasing task efficiency by delving into complex functions of Excel and features of Word. Students will create mail merges, pivot tables and newsletters, in addition to practicing shortcuts to save time. This class, which costs $259, will be held Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5.

To register, visit and click on “Classroom Courses” or call 829-9010. Businesses can take advantage of a group discount rate when they send five or more students to one of these classes.

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