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

12 Sessions

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).

Day Date Time
Mondays 2/27-6/12 3:30pm-5:30pm
     

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Expanded Class:  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 approval of CCVIP staff.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12/6-12/22 1:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6/6-6/22 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 & Thursdays 1/17-2/23 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, Word 1 or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3/7-4/13 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Intro to Outlook

Cost: $85 | Sessions: 1

This seminar is required if you are interested in registering for Using Outlook: Level 2 but have not taken Level 1, or if you are a new student. We will take you through your paces to see if you are ready. Prerequisite: Using Word: Level 2, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Tuesday 4/11 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 5/18 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 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.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4/25-5/26 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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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 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

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5/30-6/29 1:30pm-4:30pm
     

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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
Tuessday 11/22 1:30pm-3:30pm
Wednesday 1/4 9:30am-11:30pm
     

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Using Excel: Part 1

6 Sessions

This is now 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
Wednesdays 1/11-2/15 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Using Excel: Part 2

6 Sessions

This is a continuation from Part 1.  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 2/22-3/29 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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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 QuickBooks

1 Session | $85

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

Day Date Time
Wednesday 3/22 1:30pm-3:30pm
     

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NEW-QuickBooks Intensive

4 Sessions

QuickBooks is the most popular accounting software today: learning how to use his helpful tool is essential to any accounting practice. In this hands-on course, learn the skills you need to set up a business, including configuring QuickBooks to work best with assistive technology, and using the accessible features of the program, such as recording its chart of accounts, making deposits, writing checks, creating invoices, handling cash sales, issuing credit memos, reconciling accounts and more. This course is PC-based, designed for the busy professional. For JAWS users, we will be using scripts written by My Blind Spot.  Prerequisite: Intro to QuickBooks.

Day Date Time
Wednesdays 4/5-4/26 9:30pm-5:30pm
     

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Career Exploration and Job Search

4 Sessions

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
Mondays/Wednesdays 5/16-5/25 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 4/20 9:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 6/22 9:30am - 3:30pm
     

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Electronic Health Records Management

80 Hours
Electronic Health Records Management is 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 course will expose the participant to this exciting field and will provide a pathway to learn how to use Electronic Health Records that are accessible to individuals with vision loss. The EHR course is a privately funded offering, so is free to qualified students. However, additional associated expenses may be required, including payment for certification related materials and exam, and payment for ancillary courses. Therefore, sponsorship by the New York State Commission for the Blind or Access-VR is encouraged.

Participants will explore the clinical, administrative, and financial aspects of EHR. They will learn the fundamental concepts of Electronic Health Records, including: Clinical Documentation, Financial Screening, HIPAA Compliance, Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), and Regulatory Compliance.

Students who successfully complete the course will be strongly encouraged to sit for the Certification exam for Electronic Health Records Specialist. Following successful completion of the EHR course, students will be encouraged to enroll in the 15-hour career development course, Pathways to Careers in Healthcare, upon referral from NYSCB or Access-VR. They will receive coaching and assistance in identifying internships in healthcare settings where accessible EHR software is used. Required lab sessions. Prerequisites: 2-year college degree and/or significant work history, and demonstrated fluency with assistive technology. Potential students will be assessed to determine readiness. Additional course work in Access, Excel or Outlook may be required, depending upon the applicant’s competence in these programs.


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Intro to Access

Cost: $85 | 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.

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Expanded Class: Using Access:  Level 1

12 sessions

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.

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