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Business Productivity Software Certificate

Business Productivity Software Certificate

What is the most popular and heavily used productivity software in the business environment? That would be the Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft recognized that most businesses have a need to:

  • Communicate with others (customers, vendors, employees) in a professional, documented manner
  • Create and analyze budgets, forecasts, and other types of financial and numerical data
  • Present data to customers, vendors, employees, and others in a professional manner

The Microsoft Office Suite was created to satisfy this need. While this suite can be purchased with a variety of software applications bundled together, the most commonly purchased grouping is the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Extensive knowledge of these applications will increase your chances for a career with better pay and increased job security.

The Center for Continuing Education at Georgia Highlands College now offers a Business Productivity Software Certificate for those adults who wish to become skilled in the primary software applications within Microsoft Office. This certificate program is 36 hours in length, consisting of six 6-hour courses that must be completed within six months (6) of start. All courses must be completed before the certificate is awarded. The certificate requires that two (2) fundamental courses be taken on each of these heavily used applications—word processing (MS Word), presentation software (PowerPoint), and one class in Microsoft Publisher and one class in Microsoft Outlook.

In this certificate program, you will work with real-world examples and learn how these software applications are used in the workplace. Each course is designed to improve your skills while meeting the standards in technology proficiency required by many companies. The prerequisite for this program is a working knowledge of the computer and of the Windows Operating System.

The courses for this certificate currently scheduled are:

  • Word Processing Level I - Beginning/Intermediate
  • Word Processing Level II - Advanced
  • PowerPoint Presentations Level I - Beginning
  • PowerPoint Presentations Level II - Advanced
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Outlook

Course Details

Word Processing Level I – Beginning/Intermediate

The perfect document is easy to create in Microsoft Word. In this hands-on class you’ll work live in the application as you learn to create, open and save documents. You will also learn to format words, sentences, and paragraphs to appear just how you want them. Dress up your documents with fancy borders and bullets and learn to print. Catch your spelling and grammar mistakes before somebody else does with Word’s powerful spelling and grammar checker.

Prerequisite:  Basic computer knowledge

Word Processing Level II - Advanced

Want to become the office productivity guru? This course is full of time-saving tools that you’ll use every day. In fact you’ll wonder how you ever got anything done without Word’s customized styles and templates. Learn to use columns and tables to produce reader friendly documents and dress them up with advanced graphics. Master Word’s mail merge tools to automate everything from letters to envelopes and labels.

Prerequisite:  Word Processing I or equivalent knowledge

PowerPoint Presentations Level I - Beginning

Create professional presentations quickly using templates, designs, and graphic elements. Save multiple versions of your presentation with Custom Shows in one file for easy access. Create slide shows that will dazzle your audience!

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge

PowerPoint Presentations Level II - Intermediate

Add visual elements to your PowerPoint presentations. Learn to embed pictures, insert tables, embed Excel charts, and add organization charts. You will also learn to insert sound and action buttons to your slides.

Prerequisite: Beginning PowerPoint or equivalent knowledge

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing program designed for business users who are serious about creating professional-looking marketing and business materials without the assistance of a professional designer. This course will cover creating flyers, brochures, newsletters, and business cards.

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge

Microsoft Outlook

You’ll learn the most efficient way to send and receive e-mail; forward your messages; set up mailing lists; automatically archive old mail; sort and search for messages; track contacts; and print an address/phone list to take with you when you travel. You’ll also learn how to use the Calendar applet to schedule appointments and events. You’ll learn how to set reminders for appointments so that you are never late and how to track task and due dates.

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge


For further information on any class or to register, please call
678-872-8240 or E-mail gwhite@highlands.edu
Georgia Highlands College
The University System of Georgia
Rome, Cartersville, Acworth, Dallas, Douglasville and Marietta, Georgia
AA/EE/EEO Institution, ADA

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