Computer Skills

Our wide variety of computer courses help improve your productivity as you learn tips and tricks from expert instructors on desktop applications from Microsoft, Adobe, and other publishers. Introductory and advanced classes on web design, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, publishing, and more topics are all available. Below is an overview of our classes.

In addition to in-person classes at CWD, online classes on these topics are available at https://lynda.harvard.edu/.

Databases

Introduction to Access

This course covers how to create and modify new databases and their objects. Participants learn to navigate the program, design and build a database, manage data, create queries, generate reports, and customize the Access environment. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Intermediate Access

This course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Introduction to Access. Students learn to design a relational database, join tables, organize for efficiency, work across applications, and customize reports. Prerequisite: Introduction to Access. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Advanced Access

This course builds on concepts taught in Intermediate Access. Students learn to create, manage, and distribute complex databases. Concepts include designing advanced forms, using data validation, and working with macros. Prerequisite: Introduction to Access, Intermediate Access. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Desktop Publishing

Introduction to InDesign (Multiday Course)

Participants will learn to design, layout, and edit publications such as newsletters and brochures using Adobe InDesign CC. Topics include mastering typography and copyfitting; dropping graphics inside of type; text effects; incorporating pictures and Word files; cropping, scaling, and tinting images; using transparency, drop shadows, and corner effects; and creating a table of contents and an index.
Cost: $450

Introduction to Illustrator (Multiday Course)

This course covers the components and capabilities of Adobe Illustrator CC. Learn to create basic shapes, custom paths, and graphics containing custom text. Additional topics include customizing objects and preparing documents for deployment. Version: Adobe Illustrator CS6.
Cost: $450

Introduction to Photoshop

Participants will learn about capture, enhancement, and publication for photographs in Adobe Photoshop CC. Topics include making basic photo corrections; working with selections; understanding, creating, adding, and arranging layers; and understanding colorspaces and printing options.
Cost: $225

Advanced Photoshop

Participants will learn to master PAdobe Photoshop CC's image enhancement tools including masks, silhouettes, filters, special effects, gradients, and illusions. Topics include creating advanced layer and composite images, working with alpha channels, blending pixels, painting and layer modes, making logos, and using the Actions palette for rapid bulk processing of images. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photoshop.
Cost: $225

Presentation Graphics

Introduction to PowerPoint

This course provides the knowledge to create basic presentations. Participants learn to navigate the PowerPoint interface, format text, insert and modify objects, add tables and charts, and prepare a presentation for delivery. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Intermediate PowerPoint

This course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Introduction to PowerPoint. Participants learn to customize the PowerPoint interface, modify a design template, and add SmartArt and special effects. Additional topics include securing and distributing presentations. Prerequisite: Introduction to PowerPoint. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Project

This course teaches the basic functions and features of Project. Participants will learn to view and create a new project file, manage tasks and resources, and create and finalize a project plan. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Microsoft SharePoint

This course covers how to collaborate with team members and share information. Students will learn to use a SharePoint Team Site to access, store, and share information and documents. Version: Microsoft SharePoint Online/Office 365
Cost: $225

SharePoint for Site Owners

This course covers how to create, configure, and manage a SharePoint Team Site. Participants will learn to create a new site; manage libraries, lists, and settings; and assign permissions. Version: Microsoft SharePoint Online/Office 365
Cost: $225

Spreadsheets

Introduction to Excel

This course covers how to create and edit basic worksheets and workbooks. Participants will learn to navigate the Excel environment, perform calculations, modify and format a worksheet, and print and manage workbooks. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Intermediate Excel

This course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Introduction to Excel. Participants will learn to customize and enhance workbooks, create advanced formulas, analyze data, organize worksheet data, and insert charts and pivot tables. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Advanced Excel

This course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Intermediate Excel. Participants will learn to manage multiple workbooks, share workbooks, automate common tasks, audit workbooks, apply advanced analysis techniques, and present data visually. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel, Intermediate Excel. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Web Development

Introduction to HTML

This course covers how to use HTML 4.01 to create basic Web pages. Participants will create a four-page website; insert text- and page-formatting tags; learn the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS); create hyperlinks; insert inline images; set up page layouts; and conduct a Web publishing test. Prerequisite: An understanding of basic word processing and desktop navigation and familiarity with Internet Explorer or Firefox
Cost: $225

Introduction to WordPress

WordPress is one of the world’s most popular website-building platforms. It is a content management system (CMS) that allows people with and without coding knowledge to construct and manage websites. This course will cover installation, configuration, user management, asset management (images, PDFs, videos), creating and editing pages and posts, setting up security, and basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Prerequisite: Previous web editing experience.
Cost: $225

Word Processing

Intermediate Word

This course covers how to use Word to create, manage, revise, and distribute complex documents. Participants will learn to use Word with other programs, collaborate on documents, manage document versions, insert reference marks and notes, navigate long documents, secure documents, and create forms. Prerequisite: Basic experience using Word. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

Advanced Word

This course covers the creation of complex documents in Word. Participants will learn to customize tables and charts, use styles and themes, modify pictures, and manage graphic elements. Additional topics include using Quick Parts, controlling text flow, using templates, performing mail merges, and using macros to automate tasks. Prerequisite: Intermediate Word. Version: Microsoft Office 2016
Cost: $180

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