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.  (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.

Senior Instructor Lynnette Tatum teaching a class.

 

Keyboarding

8 Sessions

Learn basic touch-typing or brush up on your skills using a screen reader or magnification to prepare for college or employment. Prerequisite: spelling test.

Day Date Time
Saturdays 2/7-3/28 10:00 am - Noon
Saturdays 4/11-5/30 10:00 am - Noon
     

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High School Enrichment Program

12 Sessions

This is a customized course, 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 2/23-6/8 3:45pm-5:45pm
     

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Understanding Windows Concepts

4 Sessions

The Windows Operating System is very robust and has many features that many individuals do not know how to use. You will learn how to navigate the Start Menu; All Programs area; Taskbar and Desktop.   You will also learn how to navigate controls in dialog boxes and windows such as the Documents folder (formerly known as My Documents) and Computer (formerly known as My Computer).   You will be introduced to the Ease of Access Center where you can open the Narrator and Magnifier features and explore Windows Explorer and options available in the Control Panel, and more.  This class will give the student a solid foundation for other computer classes. Prerequisite: Keyboarding, registered in another class, or approval of CCVIP staff.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4/14-4/23 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6/9-6/18 1:30pm-4:30pm
     

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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 1/13-2/26 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4/28-6/4 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
Mondays & Wednesdays 3/9-4/15 9:30am-12:30pm
     

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Using Outlook

12 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 the most commonly used and accessible parts of Outlook:  sorting the email message list, composing new messages; spell checking/proofreading; replying, forwarding, adding contacts, working with attachments; changing views; creating message rules; creating a contact group; and working with the calendar.  Prerequisite: Word 2 or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1/13-2/26 1:30pm-4:30pm
     

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Using the Internet

12 Sessions

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.

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9/9-10/21 1:30pm-4:30pm
     

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Intro to Excel

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.

Day Date Time
Thursday 3/3 1:30pm-3:30pm
Thursday 6/18 9:30am-11:30am
     

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Using Excel

12 Sessions

Learn to format spreadsheets, create formulas, and perform functions for use at home, school, and work. Prerequisite: Intro to Excel

Day Date Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3/10-4/16 1:30pm-4:30pm
     

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Using PowerPoint

10 Sessions

Create and edit presentations, make and edit slides, import pictures and data to enhance presentations. Prerequisite: Exploring Windows, Word 2, or CCVIP staff approval.

Day Date Time
Mondays & Wednesdays 5/18-6/22 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 in this course.

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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
Wednesdays 2/11-3/4 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesdays 6/9-6/30 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 4/22 9:30am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 6/24 9:30am - 3:30pm
     

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NEW - Electronic Health Records Management

10 Sessions

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 operatons. This course 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 sucessfully 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 required from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Prerequisites:  2-year college degree and/or significant work hostory, and demonstrated fluency with assistive technology. Must produce three letters of reference and an essay. This is a college level course.

Day Date Time
Fridays 3/6-5/8 9:30am - 1:30pm
     

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