It’s no secret that the workplace can be one of change, growth and advancements. Such aspects ring true particularly in the worlds of business and technology.
Due to the factors of change and technology always advancing, Lanier Technical College has done its part through providing a new training program that will better prepare students to use the latest computer software in business administration professions.
The new Microsoft Office Applications Professional Certificate includes classes in spreadsheet applications using Microsoft Excel and word processing using the latest version of Microsoft Word, as well as database skills.
Offered through the Business Administrative Technology department at Lanier Tech’s Forsyth and Dawson campuses, the program also trains students to use additional applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook.
Marjory Wooten, director of the Business Administrative Technology Program, says that business owners and employers in the community communicated to her the need for an updated curriculum.
Wooten works with an advisory board made up of local employers such as Ashley Perkins from Express Personnel Services in Alpharetta.
“It is important to update the training and curriculum to keep up with the changes that are occurring with the software and the new ways it is being used in the workplace,” Perkins said.
“As a committee, we felt that the new certificate program was needed to ensure that Lanier Tech graduates are proficient in using the latest software and applications,” she added.
Dr. Mike Moye, president of Lanier Technical College, said that one of the primary advantages that the college has in technical education is the ability to quickly update training to meet the needs of employers in the area.
“The new business administrative technology curriculum is just one example of the many ways that we are set up to respond to constantly changing technology in order to benefit our graduates and the people that hire them,” Moye said.
The Microsoft Office Applications Professional Certificate consists of six classes.
The classes are offered during the day and at night to better serve working students who are looking to change careers or to upgrade computer skills.
Most students are eligible for the Georgia Hope Grant, which pays tuition costs for a majority of students taking classes in the Technical College System of Georgia.
Contact information and current schedule of classes can be found on the Lanier Tech Web site at www.laniertech.edu.