Skip to main content

During the month of October, The Center for Rural Development’s Your Center of Learning workforce and career training program is offering seven new one-day training courses—including a class for first-time computer users—to help students get up to speed in today’s digital age and build key job skills.

Whether you’re looking to advance your computer skills or learn how to operate a computer for the first time, Your Center for Learning is making it easier to receive hands-on training and expert instruction in some of today’s top in-demand software programs.

“We have added a beginner’s class for new computer users or those thinking about purchasing a personal computer to introduce them to the most basic fundamental computer skills,” Robyn Phillips, training and E-Learning coordinator for The Center, said. “Computers have become an essential part of our everyday lives, and this course will give you the skills to learn and visualize your work with confidence.”

All of Your Center of Learning one-day training courses are instructor-led and provide step-by-step instructions to guide students through the process of learning a new skill or advancing your skills to the next level.

The following one-day workforce and training courses will be offered in October through the Your Center of Learning program:

  • Introduction to Personal Computers—Class starts October 11.This course, rated 4.8/5.0 in overall quality by ProCert Labs, covers the evolution of computers, types of PCs, the Input-Process-Output cycle, and fundamental computer skills. Students will learn how to switch on a PC, identify system components, use input and output devices, manage disk drives, and change monitor settings. They will also learn how to manage files and folders, use e-mail, and browse the Web with Internet Explorer. Comes with a companion CBT program. Click here to register for this class.
  • Excel 2010 Basic—Class starts October 13. Students will learn how to use the Help system and navigate worksheets and workbooks. Then they will enter and edit text, values, formulas, and pictures, and they will save workbooks in various formats. Students will also move and copy data, learn about absolute and relative references, and work with ranges, rows, and columns. Click here to register for this class.
  • QuickBooks 2009—Class starts October 18. This course covers the fundamentals of using QuickBooks 2009 to track the finances of a small business. Students will learn how to set up a new company, manage bank account transactions, maintain customer, job, and vendor information, manage inventory, generate reports, and use the Company Snapshot window. Students will also create invoices and credit memos, write and print checks, add custom fields, set up budgets, and learn how to protect and back up their data. Click here to register for this class.
  • Access 2010 Basic—Class starts October 20. This course covers the basic functions and features of Access 2010. After an introduction to database concepts and the Access environment and Help systems, students will learn how to design and create databases. Then they will work with tables, fields, and records; sort and filter data; and set field properties and data entry rules. Students will then learn to create queries, forms, and reports. Click here to register for this class.
  • Excel 2010 Advanced– Class starts October 25. This course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Excel 2010: Intermediate. Students will work with advanced formulas, as well as lookup functions such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX. In addition, students will learn about data validation and database functions such as DSUM. They will learn how to work with PivotTables and PivotCharts, how to import and export data, and how to query external databases. Click here to register for this class.
  • Photoshop Advanced—Class starts October 27. Students will learn how to create and use masks and vector paths, and how to create fills and overlays to enhance images. Course activities also cover automation of repetitive tasks. In addition, students will learn how to apply creative special effects to both images and text. Click here to register for this class.

Classes are held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in one of the meeting rooms at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset. The cost of each course is $149 per person unless stated otherwise.

For more information or to pre-register for any of Your Center of Learning one-training training courses, contact Robyn Phillips at 606-677-6000 or email