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Microsoft and Google Apps Computer Courses - Registration Required
Free computer classes are offered in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (2016), and Gmail. Receive an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized certificate from Northstar Digital Literacy. Is your workplace moving over to Google-based products? Sign up for free classes in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar.  The free classes meet via Zoom. If you desire to enroll in computer courses but do not have computer experience, you will need to practice using a mouse before you may enroll. Listed are a few practice websites available: www.mouseprogram.com and www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm.

Click Register Here to see course descriptions, schedules, and online registration forms available.


 

Job Skills III – Using LinkedIn to Get a Job

Learn how to make your social profile get noticed. Create and optimize your social profile to strategically help with your job search! Learn skills for networking in the digital age.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: September 3, 2021

 

Microsoft Word Part I: Working with Basic Text and Paragraphs

Learn how to create and edit a document with Microsoft Word 2016. You'll learn basic formatting, how to select and cut, copy, or paste text; spell check, adjust line spacing and change the page alignment.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 7, 2021

 

Microsoft Word Part II: Long Documents

Microsoft Word 2016 has many tools that make working on long documents a snap. Learn about styles, headers, footers, page numbers and inserting objects like pictures, video, and tables. Basic Word skills required.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 8, 2021

 

Smartphone and Tablet Basics

Learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Windows, Android, or Apple smartphone or tablet. Afterwards, there will be time for answering your questions. Please bring your own device.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 9, 2021

 

Microsoft Word Part III: Mail Merge, References, and Collaborating with Word

Learn how to use the Mail Merge Wizard to personalize letters and envelopes. Find out how to create bibliographies and other references with different style guides. You’ll also learn how to insert charts and proofread like a pro with the Track Changes feature. Intermediate Word skills required. 

 

At the end of class, take the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment for MS Word. Score 85% or higher and earn a nationally recognized certificate you can use for work or job seeking. 

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Date: September 10, 2021

 

Excel Part I: Basics, Formulas and Functions

Excel 2016 spreadsheets allow you to easily store, organize and modify data. Learn the basics of Excel (such as inserting text, basic formulas, AutoFill and more) by creating a personal budget. Also learn how to make Excel do the work for you by using common formulas and functions. 

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM 

Date: September 13, 2021

 

Excel Part II: Conditional Formatting, Sort and Filter

Expand your Excel 201 knowledge and learn about conditional formatting, freezing rows, and using tables. Use the sort and filter features in Excel to organize your data so you can find the information you are looking for easily. Basic Excel skills required.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 15, 2021

 

Designing Social Media Graphics Using Canva

No design skills? No problem! Learn how to use Canva to design all of your social media posts professionally and effortlessly.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 16, 2021

 

Excel Part III: Graphs, Pivot Tables, Macros and More

Make your Excel 2016 workbook pop by using graphs and pivot tables to represent your data visually. Learn how to automate repetitive tasks by recording and running simple macros in Excel. Basic Excel skills required. 

 

At the end of class, take the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment for Excel. Score 85% or higher and earn a nationally recognized certificate you can use for work or job seeking. 

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 17, 2021

 

PowerPoint I: Working with the Basics

Learn how to make a basic PowerPoint. Use the various slide layouts and interchange them. Insert photos, screen shots, text boxes, video and more. Practice working “under the hood” in PowerPoint and view your slideshow creation.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 27, 2021

 

Clean Up and Speed Up Your Computer

Learn how to remove programs, manage the space on your computer, speed up your browsing and more.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Date: September 28, 2021

 

PowerPoint II: Power Up Your Presentation with Transitions, Animations, and Slide Masters

Take your PowerPoint to the next level by learning how and when to add transitions and animations. Learn best practices for designing PowerPoint as a visual aide, and practice creating your own template design using Slide Masters. Basic PowerPoint skills are required. 

 

At the end of class, take the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment for PowerPoint. Score 85% or higher and earn a nationally recognized certificate you can use for work or job seeking. 

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 29, 2021

 

Viruses & Malware Basics and How to Protect Your Privacy Online

Learn about malware threats, how to tell if a computer is infected, and how to install and use a high quality free antivirus program. Increase your awareness about how your online behavior is tracked and used. You'll learn tips on how to limit what's shared about you online.

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Date: September 30, 2021


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It's Your Career Soft Skills Training Classes

“It’s Your Career,” will be a part of an ongoing series of Soft Skill workshops designed to take your career to the next level. Class format features a short lecture on each topic, case studies discussion in small groups, and resources for use in businesses and organizations. These classes will all be through Zoom.  All participants will earn .5 CEUs (Continuing Education Unit) for participating.  Online Registration is required. 

Soft Skills are strengthened and developed over time and are necessary if you desire to climb the career ladder. The classes are a collaboration of Blount Partnership, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County, and the Blount County Public Library. Click Register Here to see class synopsis and registration information.

Conflict De-escalation and Resolution - September 24, 2021
Gain insights into your conflict management style and the styles of your team. Discover your own emotional triggers, explore ways to deal with conflict, and leave with best practices you can apply in professional and personal settings.

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Date: September 24, 2021


Building a Trauma-Informed Workplace - October 29, 2021
How can you use the guiding principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) to create a psychologically healthy workplace that prioritizes employee wellness? Learn practical approaches to creating an environment that champions care, safety, and respect.
 Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM 

Date: October 29, 2021


Project Management - November 19, 2021
Gain strategies that will help you to complete projects on time, on budget, and on target.

Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Date: November 19, 2021

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ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program for Young Adults (18-26):  Registration Required

The ARCONIC Foundation Global Internship Program is made possible through a generous grant from the ARCONIC Foundation. It is provided by the Institute of International Education, Blount Partnership, Blount County Public Library, and the Blount County Friends of the Library.

Paid Internship Program For Young Adults Interested in Manufacturing Careers

Registration is open for the paid Arconic Foundation Global Internship Program. The internships are customized for young adults 18 – 26 who want to explore careers in manufacturing. They earn up to $1,000.00 and a nationally-recognized Certified Manufacturing Associate credential from Tooling U-SME.

For more information or to apply, Contact: Jackie Taylor (jackie@jataylor.net)


The program is a blended model of in-person and online classes through Tooling U-SME with an option to intern in person with a local manufacturer. It consists of three paid components: 1) 12 half-days of Workforce Readiness Training; 2) 100 hours of hands-on manufacturing experience interning with a Blount County manufacturer OR an option to complete the hours online; and 3) three half-days of Follow-up, a Career Fair, and Graduation. Participants must complete all components.

Interns:

Actively participate in 12 half days of workforce readiness training ($250 stipend)

Work 100 paid hours with a local manufacturer ($350 stipend)

Earn 3 paid half-days of follow up, which includes participating in Career Planning and Placement, a job fair, and graduation ($400 upon completion of all components and Tooling U-SME online courses)

Interns Gain:

Competitive resumes, reference lists, and job interview skills

Skills that will help you succeed at work

Hands-on experience with a local manufacturer

Production Associate Certification from Tooling U

Seats are limited to 17 interns.