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Business & Industry Training

Cowley County Community College offers a wide variety of business and industry courses to fit your company needs. These sessions can be customized for your company. Below is a listing of topics available. Training on software not listed is available upon request.

Computer Skills in the Workplace
Word Processing
Electronic Spreadsheet
Project Management
Web Page Design
Business Communications/Workplace Skills

Computer Skills in the Workplace
  • Windows
    New to computers? In this course learn about the physical components and take a brief tour of Windows. Hard drives, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, RAM, ROM, monitors, computer hardware as well as computer terminology—bits, bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes.
  • File Management
    Organization of files and file folders on the hard drive using Windows Explorer and My Computer. Management of files—copying, moving, renaming, and sorting files based on file name, file size, file type, and date created.
  • Introduction to Computer Applications
    What is the difference between operating system software and application software? Comparing word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database, and presentation software. Match task with the correct software.
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Word Processing
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word
    Get started with the most popular and powerful word processing software available. Learn to create and modify Word documents, including formatting of text—margins, line spacing, font changes; adding and resizing clip art; headers and footers; borders; bullets and numbering; creating and formatting tables.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Word
    Increase your productivity with Microsoft Word by creating Auto Text entries, customizing toolbars, working with Word’s Wizards and Templates, learning about Mail Merge, and setting custom tabs. You will also see how to work with multiple documents simultaneously, copying/cutting and pasting and dragging and dropping text. Dress up your documents by using WordArt, watermarks, and inserting symbols.
  • Advanced Microsoft Word
    Topics covered will include working with long documents, creating Table of Contents and Index, footnotes/endnotes, creating newsletters and working with columns, linking Excel worksheets to Word documents, hyperlinks, and working with styles.
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Electronic Spreadsheet
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel
    Do you work with numbers? Then Excel is the program for you. In this course learn how to organize numbers and use formulas and functions to improve your efficiency. You will also learn many time-saving devices such as the fill handle and shortcuts. Add color and graphics to your numbers with charts using the Chart Wizard.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel
    Improve your productivity by creating spreadsheets that incorporate functions, formulas, and formatting techniques. Create spreadsheets that will allow you to run what-if analysis and improve your decision making.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel
    Unleash the power of a spreadsheet by creating workbooks with 3-D formulas and functions. Learn to create custom lists, do advanced graphing, use the database functions, build lookup tables, insert graphics, make hyperlinks, add WordArt, and turn your spreadsheet into an internet file.
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  • Introduction to Microsoft Access
    Learn how to use this powerful program to create, store, and locate important information. Learn how to design and build a database, maintain tables, enter records, create forms, design reports, and run queries to locate information.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Access
    Use Access to create custom reports, do advanced queries, and design custom forms for data entry. Learn how to link tables, create relationships, enter default values, create validation rules, and build indexes to organize your information. You will also learn how to run, update, delete, and append queries to build new tables and change information on existing tables.
  • Advanced Microsoft Access
    Improve your efficiency by creating macros to do repetitive tasks. Learn how to create switchboards to make information available at the press of a button. Create forms with sub forms and use them to enter data and view information. Create online pages for customer data entry and link them to your database.
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  • Introduction to Microsoft Power Point
    Learn to use one of the best, yet easiest to learn, presentation programs on the market. With PowerPoint you can create an impressive slide presentation and handouts that will impress your audience and lend professionalism to your presentations. You will learn to add clip art, change slide layouts and design templates, add custom animations, and use animation schemes.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Power Point
    Increase the power of your presentations by customizing design templates, using multimedia, adding motion paths, and adding slide timings to run your slide show automatically. You will also learn how to create a table on a slide, create an organization chart, and insert an Excel chart or Word table.
  • Advanced Microsoft Power Point
    Learn how to save presentations so that they can be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet and a Web browser. Customize your presentation by working with Slide Masters. Add hyperlinks and action buttons to your presentation. 
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Project Management
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project Concepts
    What are the steps in designing a project and the terms that go along with project management? Example terms (task, duration, resources, Gantt chart, Pert chart, critical path, relationship, baseline, finish to finish, finish to start, start to start, start to finish, and slippage)
  • Intermediate Microsoft Project
    Designing a simple project using Microsoft Project software and applying project principals to the task at hand.
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Web Page Design
  • Create Web Sites Using Dreamweaver
    Creating professional web sites using Macromedia Dreamweaver software. Learn how to plan, develop, implement and maintain dynamic, interactive web pages. Learn to incorporate text, images, links, animation, sounds and other elements. More advanced techniques include multimedia, forms, HTML code, JavaScript, flash buttons and rollovers. Whether your company needs its web site re-designed or created from scratch, this customized training can help get your business "on-line".
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Business Communications/Workplace Skills
  • Effective Telephone Customer Service Skills
    In this session, you will learn the basics for giving effective customer service over the telephone. You will discover how to create clear messages through precise language and professional voice qualities, take complete messages, screen callers, and deal with challenging customer issues. Total clock hours: 4
  • Customer Service Basics
    Customer service is something we all provide, and it is important that our customers rave about our service. In this program, you will learn the importance of customer service to your business, how to deal with unhappy customers, and how important your attitude is in creating a stellar workplace environment. Total clock hours: 6-8
  • Professional Image in the Workplace…Making a Positive Impact
    Professional image is measured in a number of ways, including how you dress, how you “carry yourself”, and your overall attitude. Learn the important role that professional image plays in creating positive, lasting impressions. Total clock hours: 3
  • The Clock is Ticking…and I Have So Much to Do!
    Don’t you wish you had more hours in the day? Could the problem be that you need help in managing the time you do have? This workshop will give tips on how to manage your time more effectively, how to set measurable goals, and how to banish those unnecessary time wasters from your life. Total clock hours: 2-3
  • Using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for Effective Teamwork
    Each of us is unique, and it is important that we recognize this uniqueness in both ourselves and others. In this session, you will be given the Myers-Briggs assessment, have your results evaluated, and then learn how to build cooperation with others, create dynamic teams, and increase performance. This is a very interactive session. Total clock hours: 5
  • Leadership 101
    All of us are leaders on the job. In this session, you will learn the basics of effective leadership. Learn leadership tips that will make your organization more successful at every level. Total clock hours: 3
  • Effective Communication
    With all of the communication technology today, why do we still feel like we need better communication? In this session, you will learn why communication is so important to keep an organization alive and tips to open the lines of communication for all employees. Total clock hours: 3-4
  • Don’t Worry – Be Happy!
    All of us seem to lead fast-paced lives today. Trying to balance work, home, and family wears on us sometimes, and keeping a positive attitude can be a struggle. Learn the importance of a positive attitude, its effect on both your work and home lives, and how to “not sweat the small stuff.” Total clock hours: 4
  • Identifying Work Priorities and Setting Goals
    Ever wonder why employees have the work habits they do? Learn the importance of how identifying work priorities and setting goals can help employees grow and mature in the organization. Participants will learn an approach to formulating goals and measurable objectives for clear results. Total clock hours: 3-4
  • Coaching for Improved Performance
    As your team’s “coach”, your job is to make sure all of the players perform to the best of their abilities. All players have an “off” day. In this training session, you will learn how to help employees make a “game plan” that will get his or her performance back on track and build motivation for improvement. Total clock hours: 3-4
  • Change Happens
    These days, it seems as if change is an everyday occurrence. A change in the workplace is something we all need to be able to adapt to—remember that change is inevitable; acceptance is the key. Learn helpful strategies for dealing with change. Total clock hours: 3-4
  • Survival Skills for Successful Teams
    We all know how important teamwork is to an organization. In this session, you will learn the basics of teamwork, how to create teams that “work”, and how important each employee is in the process. This will be the first session in the teamwork series. Total clock hours: 3
  • Teaming Outside of the Box
    Make your team the talk of the workplace! Participate in team-building techniques that can be powerful tools in forming a cohesive bond that will unite your team together. The simple games and initiatives can be used to teach team building, communication, trust, and leadership skills that can be applied to the workplace and real-life situations. Total clock hours: 2
  • Continuing to Improve the Quality of your Organization
    What is quality? What is your role in quality? How can your organization improve its quality? These are questions that will be answered in this informative, hands-on session that will show you the tips of the trade in the quality movement. Total clock hours: 4-8
  • Business Writing Techniques
    Letters, memos, and reports—we all write them. Using the 6 C’s of communication, learn the basics of how to make your written documents say what you need them to say. Participants will be given several scenarios and learn how to write documents that will get the message across. Total clock hours: 4-8
  • Speaking of…
    Employers of today need employees with effective oral communication skills. Learn successful tips to eliminate a fear many of us have—Public Speaking! Participants will learn how to give a successful presentation, how to use technology to enhance the presentation, and how to create a presentation that will engage the audience. Total clock hours: 4
  • The Language of Words
    In this session, you will learn how to increase your language skills with more effective sentence structure and word choices. Punctuation, grammar, and word usage will also be taught in this session. Total clock hours: 4
  • E-Mail Usage and Etiquette
    Electronic communication is used more and more in today’s workplace. We use e-mail in both our personal and professional lives everyday. Learn the techniques for proper workplace e-mail usage and etiquette in this session. Total clock hours: 2
  • Medical Terminology for Beginners
    Learn the meanings, spelling, and pronunciation of words used in the medical profession. Word roots, suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms will be taught in this class. Total clock hours: 8-12
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  • Introduction to Microsoft Publisher Concepts
    After completion of this course you will understand how different and unique the MS Publisher software is.  You will never want to use word processing software to publish a document again!  In this session you will design an effective flyer. This project can then be customized and altered to fit your specific organizational needs. You will learn about the software program, how it is similar to other Microsoft software as well as how it is different.  Instructor also goes into detail on the specific options you have to publish your projects including conventional printing as well as web publishing options.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Publisher Project
    In this session you will design a professional memo. The techniques learned in this course will allow you to recreate the results and customize them to fit your organization.  The student learns how to publish a professional quality memo including a linked Excel based worksheet.  This allows the student to really feel the power of Microsoft Office software.  Instructor also reviews some basic principles of design to help students create a memo that looks truly professional.
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