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Access, Excel and Word software programs covered in noncredit evening classes that start in October

Posted October 11, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - Three noncredit evening classes covering the latest versions of popular Microsoft Office programs will start in Monday, Oct. 22, at the Northwest College Center for Training and Development in Powell.

Because the 2007 version of Access, Excel and Word appear substantially different than previous versions, even experienced users are finding they can benefit from an updated training. This is the final time these trainings will be offered this year in Park County. Each meets from 6-9 p.m. and requires fundamental computer knowledge. A comprehensive manual is provided with each class as a take-home reference.

Joel Pennington will cover the basics of Access 2007 in four Monday sessions beginning Oct. 22. The class starts with a discussion on understanding database concepts and moves to planning and designing databases and accessing help features. Participants learn how to create tables, queries and reports, customize data entry forms and more. They'll also work with relational databases and learn how to prevent data corruption and unauthorized access. Along with setting up a basic database design structure, they'll store, locate, print and automate access to several types of information. Cost is $89 and includes the manual.

Excel 2007 is the topic Tuesday and Thursday nights, Oct. 23 and 25. The two sessions are taught by Duncan Bonine who will start by showing participants how to customize Excel and use toolbars. In addition to creating a worksheet and entering formulas into cells, students will also add charts to a worksheet, use Excel as a database, and save and print documents. This fast-track course provides lots of hands-on learning. Cost is $70 per person and includes the manual.

The Word 2007 class also meets twice, on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. Designed for anyone beginning to use this popular word-processing program, it covers basic features and tools needed to create, edit, print and save a Word document. Instructor Bill Boudreaux said students will first learn to use toolbars, fonts, margins, borders, shading, bullets, clip art, cut, copy and paste commands. They'll advance to columns, graphics, tables and templates, and in the process learn to use Wizards and the help command, and how to create headers and footers, envelopes and labels. The $70 course fee includes the manual as well.

For more information or to register for a class, e-mail Stacy Gilman or call (307) 754-6062.