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Microsoft Office Essentials

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Ideal for

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. 

Program Overview

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 Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.

Important Information

Important Information

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

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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

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Mail-in registrations checks only please.

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Payment Plan Information

  • A payment plan for this program is available. Please inquire when registering. 

Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

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.

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