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Beginning Computer Skills

Award Type: Certificate of Completion

Digital literacy is no longer optional. Many entry-level jobs require basic computer skills. This requirement is not limited to careers in business, but is found across many industries. Just searching for and applying for jobs often requires some computer literacy. The Beginning Computer Skills Certificate will introduce the student to the basics of using a computer, email, Windows operating system, working with files, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and navigating the Internet. Job opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following: office clerk, customer service representative, sales associate, order clerk, hotel/motel desk clerk, and/or receptionist.

The graduate of the Certificate of Completion in Beginning Computer Skills will:

  • Identify what to look for when buying a computer.
  • Be introduced to the features of Microsoft Office products including Microsoft Word, basic email skills (using Outlook), Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Customize the desktop, organize files, transfer files and photos from one device to another, perform basic photo editing, use OneDrive services, use Windows Apps, such as weather, snipping tool, and more.
  • Learn the basics of using a computer with the Windows operating system, computer terminology, and navigating the Internet.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
VOCE 7100 Computers and You: Level 1 32.0 - 36.0 hours
VOCE 7101 Computers and You: Level 2 32.0 - 36.0 hours
VOCE 7108 Computer Skills Lab 40.0 - 48.0 hours
VOCE 7109 Microsoft Windows 16.0 - 18.0 hours

Choose one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Title Units
VOCE 7103 Introduction to the Internet 16.0 - 18.0 hours
VOCE 7110 Social Media 16.0 - 18.0 hours
VOCE 7111 Email 16.0 - 18.0 hours

NOTE: at least 40 hours in VOCE 7108, Computer Skills Lab, is required to complete the certificate.

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