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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

Introduction to Computers 1: The Basics
November 5 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

January 7• 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn important details like how to shut your computer off properly, mouse techniques, basic software procedures, and basic troubleshooting. Microsoft Explorer and file management will also be discussed. The skills in this course are critical to the successful completion of other courses. If you are unsure about your skill level, consider this course as a refresher. We promise that you'll learn at least 3 new things!

 

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Introduction to Computers 2: Increasing Your Efficiency
January 21 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

If you find yourself lost when looking for files you know are thereor if you need to know how to copy files from your hard drive to a floppy diskthis course is a must! We will go into more detail about Microsoft Explorer, which manages all your files. We will also discuss how to customize your computer using Windows' control panel settings and ways to increase your efficiency with the computer. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1: The Basics

 

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Introduction to the Internet
January 14 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn what a web address is, how to find what you want, and how to bookmark. Also explore the many things you can do on the internet, as well as when it is safe (and not safe) to provide personal information. This course is designed specifically for those who want to get the most out of their time on the internet, as well as those who haven't had much experience with it. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1.

 

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Microsoft Outlook
February 5 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn how to take advantage of Outlook's powerful features & including managing contact lists, scheduling appointments, arranging meetings, and using notes. Emphasis is placed on organization techniques. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft Word 1: Document & Formatting Basics
November 4 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

January 6 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 4 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn how to set your options, use toolbars, format your text, change your page set-up, set tabs, use headers and footers, and more. After this course, you will be able to enter, format, and print letters, reports, proposals, etc., using tabs and page set-up. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft Word 2: Tables, Merges & Macros
November 10 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

January 13 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 11 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

This course is designed for those who feel they aren't using Microsoft Word to its full potential. Learn how to insert, format, and manipulate tables, as well as complete a mail merge. We'll also cover recording and using macros. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Word 1.

 

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Microsoft Word 3: Forms & Advanced Tool
January 20 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn how to design forms which you can send to staff, clients, volunteers, etc., to complete and return to you for tabulation. We will also cover advanced finds/replaces, special characters, and headers/footers. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Word 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft Word 4: Graphics & Brochures
January 27 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

There's no need to buy an expensive desktop publishing package if you have Microsoft Word. Learn how to insert and manipulate graphics, use columns, and other cool tools. After this course, you will be able to develop professional-looking flyers and brochures. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Word 1, 2, and 3.

 

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Microsoft Word 5: Newsletters
February 3 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

A nonprofit's communication strategy should always include ongoing communications with its clients, client families, volunteers, donors, funders, etc. The most professional way is through newsletters. This course will focus on what you need to know to develop newsletters that get read. Prerequisite: skills covered in Word 1, 2, 3, 4.

 

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Microsoft Excel 1: Spreadsheet & Chart Basics
November 13 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

February 10 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 25 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn how to set your options, use toolbars, navigate through a spreadsheet, fill down and across, AutoSum, and more. After this course, you will be able to create a basic spreadsheet from scratch, write basic sum and average formulas, and create simple charts from your data. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft Excel 2: Formulas
February 17 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 25 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon 

Learn how to enter and edit formulas-such as right and left, date and time, lookup, and IF statements. Also covers essential spreadsheet tools: grouping, naming, freeze/unfreeze panes, and references to other worksheets. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 1.

 

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Microsoft Excel 3: Advanced Tools
February 24 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn essential spreadsheet tools: grouping, naming, freeze/unfreeze panes, and references to other worksheets. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 2.

 

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Microsoft Excel 4: Data Analysis Tools
March 2 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

For those of you who are ready to go the next step: subtotals and pivot tables! These tools consolidate your data and point out critical relationships. Also, advanced chart techniques will be covered. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 1, 2, & 3.

 

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Microsoft PowerPoint 1: Slideshow Basics
November 12 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

January 22 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 9 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn how to set your options, use toolbars, use the different view options, use templates, set up a master slide, individualize slides, insert graphics, and more! After this course, you will be able to create a basic yet professional presentation with graphics. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2: Animation & Graphics
November 19 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

January 29 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 16 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn the more complex tools of PowerPoint, including the impressive animation settings. Prerequisite: Skills covered in PowerPoint 1.

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Microsoft Publisher 1: The Basics
January 8 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Publisher is a terrific program for people who want to create professional-looking publications without having to know design: it has lots of templates which are easy to use. This course will cover the basics of Publisher so that you can do flyers and brochures. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Word 1.

 

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Microsoft Publisher 2: Newsletters
January 15 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

The focus of this course will be developing professional-looking newsletters for your organization. The focus is on understanding how to use frames to control your text flow. Forms will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Publisher 1.

 

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PageMaker 1: The Basics
February 12
• 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

PageMaker is fabulous for desktop publishing! It has more powerful tools than Microsoft Word or Publisher & and, because you don't use frames, it is much easier to learn! This course will cover how PageMaker works, master pages, styles, wrapping, and graphics.

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PageMaker 2: Newsletters

February 19 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

This course will go into more detail about PageMaker's document management tools: linking, multiple master pages, and plug-ins. Extensive time will be spent on preparing the document to send to your printer to avoid costly mistakes (both time and money)!

 

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Introduction to Microsoft Access: Data Entry & Other Basics
November 18 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

February 26 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Reduce your frustration and increase your efficiency by learning the underlying logic behind this database program. This will also include data entry techniques and writing and using simple queries and reports. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

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Visio 2000: Organization Charts and More
*Call for dates • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

The organization chart features in Microsoft Office 2000 pale beside what can be done in Microsoft Visio 2000. Topics will cover organization charts, maps, office layouts, project calendars, and more.

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QuickBooks 1: Setting Up Your System
January 16 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

According to our surveys, QuickBooks is used by more non-profits than any other accounting package. This class will cover setting up the QuickBooks system & including preferences, customers, accounts, etc. Even if you currently use QuickBooks, this class might be helpful in understanding your system.

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QuickBooks 2: Statements & Reports

January 23 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

This class will focus on entering and processing invoices, payments, deposits, etc. This will also cover printing simple financial reports which you can share with your board and funders.

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The Website Developers Series

Website Development & Management: A Hands-On Planning Course
December 3 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

January 28 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Great websites just don't happen: they take a lot of planning and knowledge of theory. We will explore the options of website development, paying special attention to the differences between designing for paper vs. designing for the web. When you complete this course, you will have a good plan for your new or updated website. Then you can create it yourself or give your plan to your computer specialist.

 

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Adobe PhotoShop: Graphics for the Web
December 12
• 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

February 11 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Learn how to use PhotoShop's powerful tools to correct color balances in your scanned photos, crop and resize your images, and prepare them for the web. This includes special techniques for reducing the size of your images to reduce download time. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft FrontPage 1: Themes & Shared Borders

December 5 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

February 4 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

 

We will cover the basics of FrontPage, the most popular website authoring software in the world! The focus will be on understanding how FrontPage works, designing themes, and using shared borders. After this course, you will be able to develop a simple but useful format for your organization's website. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Introduction to Computers 1 & 2.

 

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Microsoft FrontPage 2: Formatting Your Web Pages

December 10 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

February 18 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

This is the nitty-gritty of developing a website: the pages themselves. We will cover importing and formatting text, using graphics, hyperlinks, bookmarks, and tables. With the skills in this course, you will be able to create different types of pages using the format developed in Microsoft FrontPage 1. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft FrontPage 1.

 

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Microsoft FrontPage 3: Cool Tools

December 17 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

February 25 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Now we explore the cool tools of FrontPage: forms, marquees, hover buttons, searches, etc. We will also discuss ways to make each attendee's website better and easier to use. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft FrontPage 1 & 2.

 

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 Individual Website Developers Sessions

For nonprofits without website authoring software or without computers capable of accessing the internet, Project Connect is announcing the Individual Website Developers Sessions.

These sessions are designed to give you time to work on your own website without having to worry about learning all the tricks.

 

Design Your Website:

Call for date and time

This is an informal session where you bring what you want to include on your website and we will help you do it ... whether you want to use FrontPage, Cleveland.Com, or any other web authoring software that you access through the internet. Be sure to bring your logo, pictures, and Word documents!

 

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Work on Your Website
See current monthly calendars for Open Lab sessions

This is a free session! Use our computer lab and software to work on your website without assistance. Although there is no charge, you must still register so we can make sure we have enough computers!

 

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The Database Developers Series

Non-profits thrive on databases ... funding and services depend on the staff'' ability to obtain information about clients, donors, volunteers, etc. Microsoft Access is relatively easy to learn compared to other database applications, but it does take a lot of time and commitment.

Because each course is based upon the information presented in the previous session, we ask that you take all five in the series. Cost is $200 for all four seminars.

Verizon Foundation vouchers will reimburse this as one class for one person in your organization per year for agencies who qualify.

After this set of courses, you will be able to set up and use practical databases for your organization.

 

Microsoft Access 1: Database Planning & Set-Up
March 3
• 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Because each course is based upon the information presented in the previous session, we ask that you take all five in the series. Cost for members is $200 for all five seminars. Non members would pay $300 for all 5 classes.

This first session will focus on identifying what needs to be included in a nonprofit-related database and how to structure it so that the database will be easy to use and easy to retrieve useful information. Attendees will plan the database they need for their own organization. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Excel 2.  

Microsoft Access 2: Database Tables & Relationships
November 7 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 10 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Because each course is based upon the information presented in the previous session, we ask that you take all five in the series. Cost for members is $200 for all five seminars. Non members would pay $300 for all 5 classes.

In the second session, we will actually set up the database planned in the previous session. Tables will be closely examined, especially field properties. We will also do quick searches, filters, and sorts. Relationships between tables will be a major focus. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Access 1 and completion of homework.

Microsoft Access 3: Database Queries & Basic Forms
November 14 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 17 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Because each course is based upon the information presented in the previous session, we ask that you take all five in the series. Cost for members is $200 for all five seminars. Non members would pay $300 for all 5 classes.

Queries are used to analyze data, combine data from different tables, and retrieve data from one or more tables using criteria you specify. Forms can be created to "pretty up" your data, make data entry easier, and combine data from different tables and queries. We will also integrate the data into Microsoft Word and Excel for file exchange and publication. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Access 2 and completion of homework.

Microsoft Access 4: Database Forms & Reports
November 21 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 24 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Because each course is based upon the information presented in the previous session, we ask that you take all five in the series. Cost for members is $200 for all five seminars. Non members would pay $300 for all 5 classes.

More extensive work on the forms will be covered. We will also cover creating and editing reports, which present your data in meaningful ways. Sub-forms and sub-reports will be discussed. Skills covered in Microsoft Access 3 and completion of homework.

Microsoft Access 5: Troubleshooting the Database
December 4 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

March 31 • 9:00 - 12:00 Noon

Because each course is based upon the information presented in the previous session, we ask that you take all five in the series. Cost for members is $200 for all five seminars. Non members would pay $300 for all 5 classes.

This class will focus on troubleshooting the database and other useful tools. Also covers the important compact-and-repair tool. Prerequisite: Skills covered in Microsoft Access 4 and completion of homework.

 

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Getting the Most from Your PDA (Palm OS)
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PDA's-those wonderful little palm-sized computers the size of a calculator-can keep you organized. No need to carry a day planner or portable computer & this little baby does it all. Bring in your PDA and learn the tips and tricks to get the most from your investment. Covers all PDA's using the Palm OS system.

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Technology Management Seminars
Free to non-profit staff &
 

Project Connect feels strongly that management training is critical to organizations' willingness to support and fund technology and training. For this reason, the Technology Management Series is offered to all non-profit management staff at no charge. You do still need to register, however.
 

Securing your Organization's Technology Assets

Presented by Dan Shepherd, Microsoft Corporation
In today's world, your organization's technology assets are under attack from multiple fronts. Hackers, viruses, and users pose a threat to the security of your technology and your organization's confidential data. Organizations of all sizes find ways to remain productive while mitigating their risks and protecting their systems. This session will discuss some of the different risks and how to guard yourself and your systems.

The impact of not being secure

How systems are compromised

Hackers, viruses, and end users

The pieces of a secure computing environment

Getting secure and staying secure, your protection plan

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