Career Courses

Earn a Certificate of Achievement

Students may mix and match any three courses in Microsoft business applications, such as Excel, Access and PowerPoint. The courses need not be taken within the same semester.  (Understanding Windows Concepts and Using Word Level 1 are not among the approved courses).

Upon completion of all three courses, with at least a B+ average in each course, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Tuition for these courses is typically paid by sponsoring agencies such as the NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), or Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). If you need to pay on your own, tuition assistance may be available. Please call for information.

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High School Enrichment Program

Sessions - 9

This is a customized series of workshops designed to contribute to a student’s preparedness for college. Prerequisite: Referral by NYSCB Counselor. Prerequisite: Referral by the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB).

Day Date Time
Wednesdays 4/10-6/12 3:30pm-5:30pm
     

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Understanding Windows Concepts

6 Sessions

The Windows Operating System is very robust and has many universal features that enhance the user experience. This prerequisite will teach computer terminology that will be used in all classes: how to search for, open and close programs; navigate among multiple running applications; how to create, organize and delete folders; navigate menus and dialogs; how to read simple documents using the student’s assistive technology; use a flash drive effectively; how to navigate the desktop and the Start menu. This class will give the student a solid foundation for other computer classes. Prerequisite: Assessment, registered in another class, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1/22-2/7 1:30pm-4:30pm
Mondays & Wednesdays 6/3-6/19 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Using Word: Level 1

12 Sessions

This course will cover the basics of formatting and editing documents. Prerequisite: Windows, Understanding Windows Concepts

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdayss 1/15-2/26 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Using Word: Level 2

12 Sessions

Learn advanced features of Word such as formatting, footnotes, and tables. Prerequisite: Understanding Windows Concepts, Exploring Windows, Using Word: Level 1 or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3/5-4/11 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Intro to Excel

Cost: $85 | 1 session  

Learn the fundamentals of creating worksheets and explore business, home, and school setting applications for Excel. Prerequisite: Exploring Windows, Word 2, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Thursday 1/17 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 3/7 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 5/30 1:30pm-3:30pm
     

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Using Excel: Part 1

6 Sessions

This is a 2-part class. In this section, you will learn the fundamentals of Excel. Topics include: understanding the layout and functions of an Excel workbook and spreadsheet; functions such as creating, inserting, moving, copying and deleting spreadsheets; navigating spreadsheets efficiently; entering data; selecting and editing data; sorting data, and more. Prerequisites: Intro to Excel; a passing grade on the math quiz is not required.

Day Date Time
Fridays 1/25-3/1 1:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6/4-6/20 9:39am-12:30pm
     

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Using Excel: Part 2

6 Sessions

In this section, you will continue learning to format spreadsheets, create formulas and higher functions for use at home, school, and work. Prerequisite: Intro to Excel with a passing grade on the math quiz, and Using Excel: Part 1.

Day Date Time
Wednesdays/Fridays 3/20-4/12 1:30pm-4:30pm
     

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Intro to Outlook

1 Session

This seminar is required if you are interested in registering for Using Outlook: Level 1 but are not a current student, or if you think you have the skills in Outlook to bypass Level 1. We will take you through your paces to see which class is for you. Prerequisite: Using Word: Level 2, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Thursday 4/11 1:30pm-3:30pm
     

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Using Outlook: Level 1

10 Sessions

Microsoft’s Personal Information Manager includes an email application, a calendar, task manager, contact manager and has note taking and journal capabilities. In this class, students will learn to navigate the most commonly used and accessible parts of Outlook: sorting the email message list; composing new messages; spellchecking/proofreading; replying, forwarding, adding contacts, working with attachments; changing views; creating message rules; creating a contact group; and working with the calendar. Prerequisite: Using Word: Level 1 or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Fridays 4/18*-6/21 1:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday* 1st session  

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Using Outlook: Level 2

10 Sessions

Microsoft’s Personal Information Manager includes an email application, a calendar, task manager, contact manager and has note taking and journal capabilities. In Level 2, students will learn how to create one-time and recurring appointments and meeting request; use the calendar; use the task manager; use the notes feature; and create automatic follow-ups. Prerequisite: Using Word: Level 2, intro to Outlook, using Outlook: Level 1 or CCVIP staff approval.

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Using PowerPoint

Used to create information visualization by combining documents, performed calculations, analyzed data and reports in slide shows for school and business. Students will create and edit slides, import pictures and data to enhance their presentations. Prerequisite: Exploring Windows, Using Word: Level 2, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays/Thursdays 4/23-5/23 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Using LinkedIn, Part 1

8 Sessions

LinkedIn is the world's most popular social networking career platform with over 500 million users. Nowadays, recruiters directly search for and contact professionals on LinkedIn rather than through job search websites. In this beginner's course, you will be introduced to the LinkedIn platform and its basic features. You will create your professional profile, lern how to: connect with people to build your online network, send and receive messages, post updates, check announcements in your industry, join discussion groups in your field, apply for jobs directly on LinkedIn, and learn to avoid the most common mistakes people make on LinkedIn. Prerequisite: Familiarity with using the Internet, email, saving files on a PC, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Mondays 1/28-3/25 1:00pm-4:00pm
     

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Using LinkedIn: Part 2

8 Sessions

In this practical, results-oriented course, you will review how to edit and update your LinkedIn profile, optimize it to stand out in front of your ideal prospects with 9 key elements, rank higher in search engine results, use little-known methods to find hundreds of employers and clients who are open to hiring someone with a disability, create "magnets" to drive them to connect with you, and learn how sucessful professionals use the “Oprah Strategy” and LinkedIn groups to establish themselves as the go-to person in the field to create multiplier effects. You will actively participate in a group project to transform yourself, becoming sought-after rather than just a seeker. Prerequisite: Using LinkedIn: Part 1, or have an active LinkedIn account.

Day Date Time
Mondays 4/15-6/10 1:00pm-4:00pm
     

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NEW - Bookkeeping & Accounting 1

12 Sessions

In this course, you will learn how to classify and record business transactions. Emphasis is on understanding accounting principles. Topics to be covered include double-entry bookkeeping, general journals and ledgers, adjusting and closing entries, trial balance and basics of financial statements. Indeal for business owners, self-employed individuals, business professionals and those who need to learn QuickBooks. No previous accounting knowledge is required. Prerequisite: Using Excel: Part 2 or instructor approval.

Day Date Time
Mondays 4/15-6/10 1:00pm-4:00pm
     

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Using Blackboard for College

Blackboard is an on-line course management system which provides off-campus access to course materials, assignments and class discussions. Increasingly, colleges are using this system for matriculated studies. This will be taught individually. Prerequisite: Must be a college student who has an active account and is fluent with their computer skills and assistive technology.

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Using the MAC

Students will learn to navigate the MAC environment using built-in assistive technology - Voiceover screen reader; do basic text editing; change system preferences; surf the internet using Safari; use the Mail program for email; and learn to use iTunes. Prerequisite: Exploring the MAC assessment.  We will provide individualized instruction for this course.

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Intro to G Suite

Create, Edit and Collaborate in the Cloud

The Google office suite of products is used by an increasing number of schools, government agencies and businesses. Google has made considerable progress, ensuring that these applications are accessible to people with blindness and visual impairments.

In this course, we will teach the basics of Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Gmail and Calendar. We will learn how to share documents, spreadsheets and appointments with others, and collaborate in the development of these documents. If this proves to be a successful, we will offer other more in-depth classes. Prerequisites: Good use of assistive technology, basic Internet skills and basic word skills.

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Intro to QuickBooks

1 Session | $99

An individualized assessment to determine readiness to take full QuickBooks course. Prerequisites: Good use of assistive technology and Excel, or CCVIP staff approval.

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Using QuickBooks

QuickBooks (QB) is the most popular accounting software today. Learning how to use his helpful tool is essential to any business, including configuring Q B to work best with assistive technology, and using it accessible features, such as recording chart of account, making deposits, writing checks, creating invoices, handling cash sales, issuing credit memos, reconciling accounts and more. For JAWS users, we will be using scripts written by My Blind Spot. Individualized instruction will be provided to qualified students. Prerequisite: Intro to QuickBooks Assessment.

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Career Exploration and Job Search

Participants will examine the major elements of a career search: assessing themselves, identifying and accessing the market. Using NYJobZone and other websites, students will create an effective resume and cover letter; prepare and deliver a 30 second pitch; plan and prepare for an effective interview; and acquire a host of other job readiness skills. Prerequisite: keyboarding and Internet skills a must.

Day Date Time
Wednesdays 3/6-3/27 9:30am-12:30pm

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So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?

1 Session

In this one-day workshop, participants will be able to explain the importance of entrepreneurship in career/life transitions; identify characteristics of successful entrepreneurs; understand why some entrepreneurs fail; describe the advantages and disadvantages to owning a business; identify skills and support systems necessary for a successful business; and participant in a “Question and Answer” session with a person who started a successful business. Prerequisites: Individuals referred by the CBVH will have preference; if not sponsored, interest in starting a small business.

Day Date Time
Wednesday 2/13 9:30am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 4/16 9:30am - 3:30pm
     

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