Microsoft Office Essentials 

Certificate Program

Approved for WIOA Funding 

Computer knowledge and skills are vital to productivity in any office setting.  Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access are among the most utilized computer software programs in any work environment.   

Students who complete this certificate may also find the bookkeeper and medical administrative assistant certificates beneficial for seeking entry-level positions in the business arena.

  1. Bookkeeper Certificate
  2. Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate

 

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access are among the most utilized computer software programs in any workplace.  Students will learn the basics of PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. Word and Excel will be explored in more depth.  Build your data entry skills, learn to use mail merge, send meeting invitations and share data between the different MS Office programs. 

You will build your knowledge and skills through lecture, hands-on practice in our computer labs, and project work.  Combine this course with Bookkeeper and/or Medical Administrative Assistant the strongest resume.


Course Entrance Requirements:

  • Basic computer skills including beginner knowledge of Word and Excel.  Not sure if you are ready? Contact the program coordinator to discuss your readiness. Or consider taking the Getting Started with Computers course to learn beginner skills.  If your computer skills are "dated" and you need to refresh your skills or get up to speed with the newest software edition take our 1 session Computer Skills Update.
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent is recommended for employment but not required for course work.

This field is growing and is one of the hot jobs listed in the State of CT Occupations Hot Jobs 2008-2018.

When you are job hunting, try these position titles:

Receptionist, Information Clerk, Clerical Assistant, Office Clerk, Office Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Filing Clerk, Word Processor, Typist, Clerk Typist, Secretary.

A day in the life of an Office Clerk

ONet Online states that some of the tasks that are performed in this field are:  Operate office machines like fax and copiers, answer telephone and greet clients, maintain filing systems, do inventory, update databases, disseminate information, distribute incoming mail and prepare mailings, type documents, and arrange appointments. 

Salary ranges

Career One Stop Occupation Profile for office clerks shows the Median wages for 2012 in Connecticut were $15.80/hour or $32, 900/year.


Full payment is required at registration.  A payment plan is available. A signed copy of the form must be submitted with your first payment at registration.


How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:
Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room F323
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Campus

Walk In:

190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Mail:

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Campus
190 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax:
Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Phone:
Call 203-437-9699
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

Program Coordinator
Laurie L Hornbecker
203-575-8031 (p)
Room: Founders
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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