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. (Using Word Level 1 is 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.
This is a customized course given each semester, designed to contribute to a student's preparedness for college. Prerequisite: Referral by the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB).
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 approval of CCVIP staff.
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||12/8-12/17||9:30am-12:30pm|
This course will cover the basics of formatting and editing documents. Prerequisite: Windows, Understanding Windows Concepts
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||1/5-2/11||9:30am-12:30pm|
Learn advanced features of Word such as formatting, footnotes, and tables. Prerequisite: Understanding Windows Concepts, Exploring Windows, Word 1 or CCVIP staff approval.
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||3/1-4/7||9:30am-12:30pm|
Cost: $75 | Sessions: 1
This seminar is required if you are interested in registering for Using Outlook: Level 2 but have not taken Level 1. We will take you through your paces to see if you are ready. Prerequisite: Using Word: Level 2, or CCVIP staff approval.
Microsoft’s Personal Information Manager includes an email application, a calendar, task manager, contact manager and has note taking and journal capabilities. In Level 1, students will learn to navigate the most commonly used and accessible parts of Outlook email: sorting the email message list, composing new messages; spell-checking and proofreading; replying, forwarding, adding contacts, working with attachments; changing views; managing junk mail; managing folders; creating a contact group. Prerequisite: Using Word: Level 2 or CCVIP staff approval.
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||4/19-5/19||2:00pm-5:00pm|
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 requests; use the calendar; use the task manager; use the notes feature; create automatic follow-ups; work with the notes feature. Prerequisites: Assessment, Using Word: Level 2, Using Outlook: level 1 or CCVIP staff approval
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||5/31-6/30||2:00pm-5:00pm|
Use Internet Explorer to browse the Web, Gmail to send e-mail, and take advantage of multiple Web-based resources. Prerequisite: Exploring Windows, Word 2, or CCVIP staff approval.
Cost: $75 | 1 session
This seminar will cover the fundamentals of managing information using forms, tables, and reports. Prerequisite: Good assistive technology skills, Using Excel or CCVIP staff approval.
Many companies have designed sophisticated databases that enable employees to perform the task of gathering information that is critical to their decision making process. Students will learn to use Forms, Reports, and Queries that have been designed for use in a working environment, and will gain the necessary skills in MS Access to enter, retrieve, view, and update records. They will learn how to run and print reports that have been designed to summarize information the employer needs. Prerequisite: Intro to Access.
|Mondays & Wednesdays||11/2-12/9||9:30pm-12:30pm|
Cost: $75 | 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.
Learn to format spreadsheets, create formulas, and perform functions for use at home, school, and work. Prerequisite: Intro to Excel
|Tuesdays & Thursdays||1/5-2/11||2:00pm-5:00pm|
Create and edit presentations, make and edit slides, import pictures and data to enhance presentations. Prerequisite: Exploring Windows, Word 2, or CCVIP staff approval.
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.
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.
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.
|Wednesday||2/17||9:30am - 3:30pm|
|Wednesday||4/20||9:30am - 3:30pm|
|Wednesday||6/22||9:30am - 3:30pm|
The implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in a wide variety of organizations represents one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. This field is rapidly evolving as hospitals, healthcare providers, insurance companies, social service agencies, private practices, and other healthcare organizations integrate database technology into their administrative operations. This 60-hour program will expose the participant to this exciting field and will provide a pathway to learn how to use EHR that are accessible to individuals with vision loss.
Participants will explore the clinical, administrative, and financial aspects of EHR using multiple software platforms. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of EHR, including Clinical Documentation, Financial Screening, HIPAA Compliance, Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and Regulatory Compliance. Students who successfully complete the course will be offered internships in healthcare settings where accessible EHR software is used. Students will be given guidance and support to create a career plan that will facilitate entry into the healthcare information technology sector. Required lab sessions. Additional courses will be required. Prerequisites: 2-year college degree and/or significant work history, and demonstrated fluency with assistive technology. A battery of assessments will be given on site to determine eligibility. This is a college level program. Apply now! Assessments will be given in December.
|Mon/Tues/Thurs||Target start date: 1/25|