Technology Courses

From The Business Development Center

Computer Literacy

This class introduces new users to basic computer concepts and covers such fundamentals as hardware, software, and usage of mouse and keyboard. Participants gain a solid foundation in using Windows and learn to navigate the Internet. Basic word processing topics are covered including creating, editing, printing, and saving documents.

Microsoft Excel

This course covers the very basic features of Excel, and is designed for those who have never used Excel. The basic concepts of the program, such as cells and formulas, will be covered through hands on overview of the user interface.

This session is designed for those who are already using Excel. It features an exploration of the home ribbon and provides students with an understanding of the vast array of functionality available to them when using Excel.

This session is for those who have an understanding of Excel but wish to learn some of the more complex features of the program. The class will look at several formulas, learn how to implement pivot tables, and work on a project that allows the student to implement some of the more advanced features in Excel.

Microsoft Word

Topics include: creating and editing documents; formatting text; setting tabs, indenting, alignment, line spacing, bullets, and numbering; using spell check, thesaurus, find, and replace; page setup and page numbering; basic headers and footers; using cut, copy, and paste functions; and working with multiple documents.

This course focuses on learning how to control all text and graphic elements within the application, and create documents for a variety of personal and business purposes. Topics include: working with labels; using Mail merge; and creating templates.

Microsoft Publisher

Topics include: adding text to a publication, adding graphics, formatting and wrapping text, importing, connecting text frames, aligning objects, using backgrounds, creating tablets, using styles, formatting frames, and using the Design Gallery.

Microsoft Outlook

Topics include: setting up email accounts, utilizing the calendar, contacts, notes, and task manager. Further, the course teaches creating distribution lists, setting up rules and filters, syncing Outlook with today’s most common electronic devices, and, overall, harnassing the power of organization and time management with this often underutilized program.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Topics include: working with views; text slides; formatting text; using drawing tools; aligning objects; grouping, ordering, inserting, and manipulating graphics; adding bar, line, and pie charts; organization charts; applying design templates; adding transitions and timings; using notes pages; and priting handouts.

This course is designed to enhance participants’ existing knowledge of PowerPoint by introducing topics such as animation effects and controls, grouping, creating templates, manipulating graphics and shapes, and modifying presentations.


Topics include: applying basic accounting terms and concepts that promote the utilization of QuickBooks set-up process. Students use their own businesses or a simulated business to perform periodic accounting concepts including: accounting for sales, inventory, deposits, and estimates; check writing; how to track deposits; creating/tracking invoices and purchase orders; paying monthly bills; preparing a payroll; and reconciling checking accounts. Students also learn how to create statements and reports for profits and losses, balance sheets, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and how to prepare W-2, 1099, and 940 tax forms, as well as prepare tax reports and quarterly income payments.