Microsoft Office Essentials
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Microsoft Office Essentials

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Ideal for

anyone entering or wanting to improve their productivity in the workplace. 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. 

Program Overview

This seminar course offers an opportunity to learn a strong working knowledge of Outlook, Word and Excel.  The basics of PowerPoint and Access will also be introduced. Practice data entry skills, learn to use mail merge, send meeting invitations and share data between the different Microsoft Office programs with our expert facilitator. You will build your knowledge and skills through lecture, hands-on practice in our computer labs, and project work. 

Modules may be taken individually or as the pre-scheduled Microsoft Office Essential course.  Selecting the Microsoft Office Essentials course saves you nearly 10% in tuition costs.

Combine this course with any other job or career program at NVCC for the strongest resume.  Computer skills are especially important for students interested in the Bookkeeper or Medical Administrative Assistant programs. 

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.

Program Coordinator:
Cynthia Tolin
203-596-8743 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: F320

Microsoft Office Essentials

This seminar course provides instruction and hands on opportunities to build your skills in several Microsoft Office Applications. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint are among the most widely used applications in any business or work environment and the ability to integrate functions between these applications can greatly improve your productivity and help you achieve greater efficiencies.  This pre-scheduled course packages all the essential applications at a savings over taking each course individually. 36 hours

Cost: $1,000.00

Course Schedule

Microsoft Office Introduction and Outlook

This module of the Microsoft Essentials course will introduce basic computer concepts and the powerful applications available in the MS Office components.  Navigate the ribbons and menus, create folders and organize your files for efficient recall. You will learn how to send and receive messages in MS Outlook, attach a file to an email message, and save an attachment received in an email. 3 hours

Cost: $99.00

Course Schedule

Microsoft Word - Introduction

Microsoft Word is an easy to use word-processing program that allows you to create many different types of documents.  Get up to speed quickly in four content-packed sessions.  Make your documents stand out to the reader and learn to format text using fonts, word art, bullets, hanging tabs and tables.  Utilize mail merge operations to create professional letters with envelopes and labels. 12 hours.

Cost: $360.00

Course Schedule

Microsoft Excel - Introduction

Microsoft Excel is an electronic spreadsheet used to store, organize, calculate and manipulate data.  This module of the Microsoft Office Essentials course will improve your competency for creating worksheets, using basic formulas and functions and creating and modifying charts.  These introductor skills are an asset in any job in today's industry.  The collection and tracking of budget numbers and all varieties of data are essential to business success and can even be used to order our personal finances. 12 hours

Cost: $360.00

Course Schedule

Microsoft PowerPoint - Introduction

Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation software program.  It is a great tool for business, classrooms, and personal use. Topics include how to: create and open, save, print and deliver a presentation; work with slide layout, design and organization; import an outline to and from Microsoft Word; and work with graphic, animation and sound. Develop your skills to create a slideshow. 6 hours.

Cost: $180.00

Course Schedule

Microsoft Office Integration Tasks

In this module from the Microsoft Office Essentials course, learn how to share data and information between the Microsoft Office applications smoothly and increase your efficiency.  Practice integrating Word, Excel and PowerPoint with each other. This comprehensive session will have you integrating data from a word table into an excel spreadsheet and vice versa, positioning  an Excel chart in your PowerPoint presentation and using a Word outline to create PowerPoint presentation. 3 hours.

Cost: $99.00

Course Schedule

Learn about Payment Options and How to register on this page.

Important Information

Important Information

  • Prerequisites:
    • Basic computer skills including: navigating in a windows environment, using a mouse, and saving a file.
    • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent is recommended for employment but not required for course work.
    • A payment plan is available for this program. Please download the form and bring a signed copy with your first installment when you register. Students registering for the Microsoft Essentials Certificate will save $98 over the total cost of the individual courses.
  • Textbooks and Educational Materials: No need to make a trip to the bookstore, all required textbooks, and materials will be provided in class and are included in the cost of the course.
  • Refund Policy, Changes and Cancellations: Withdrawal and refund requests must be received three business days (72 hours) prior to the beginning of class unless stated otherwise in the course description. Refunds are not granted after this deadline. Telephone: 203-575-8029 Fax: 203-575-8243 Email: Mail: Non-Credit Refunds, Room F323, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708 If there is a course cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified by phone, mail and/or email. Please make sure when registering that your contact information is up-to-date. We would like to offer you the opportunity to transfer to another section, if available, or to another class of your choosing. If we have not heard from you within 7 business days, a refund will automatically be processed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing. The person registered in our records system is the person who will receive the refund. The College reserves the right to make changes to the information listed in this publication or to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other reasonable causes. Full refund is made if the College cancels the course. 
  • College closings due to inclement weather: Closings are announced over local AM/ FM radio/TV stations, on the college website (, on the college’s main phone line (203-575-8000) and a text message is sent to everyone who is registered through the myCommNetAlert System. Likewise, in the event of an early closing, the same communication will occur. If the college has a delayed opening, all classes that begin before the delayed opening time will not be held that day and will be rescheduled at another time. Danbury and off-site cancellations: If NVCC cancels or delays classes, this applies to Waterbury and Danbury Campuses as well as all off-site locations. 
  • Students with Special Needs-ADA: Students who may require academic adjustments on the basis of a disability are encouraged to contact the Counselor for Students with Disabilities (Terry Latella K519C) at the Waterbury and Danbury Campuses. After providing documentation and completing the disability disclosure process, students are then encouraged to meet with their instructor(s) to discuss the adjustments approved by the appropriate disabilities contact and to complete the Adjustments Agreement form.  Students are therefore encouraged to meet with the Disabilities Counselor and their instructor(s) at the beginning of each semester.  Adjustments are not retroactive.   Instructors, in conjunction with appropriate college personnel, will provide assistance and/or adjustments only to those students who have completed the disability disclosure and academic adjustments process. 
Registration Information

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

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

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:

Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
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Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

When you are job hunting, try these position titles: Receptionist, Information Clerk, Clerical Assistant, Office Clerk, Office Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Records Clerk, Word Processor, Typist, Clerk Typist, Secretary.

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