NEWTON, NJ - A wide variety of computer classes will be offered at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Career Center during March.  Classes in QuickBooks, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel will be offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, along with courses designed specifically for seniors and for men.  All classes will take place in the agency’s Career Center, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   The fee for each computer course is $10; the class for seniors is $25.  Students must be registered Family Success Center or Project Self-Sufficiency participants. 

Introductory and advanced classes in Microsoft Word will be held. 

  • An introductory class in Microsoft Word will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 through 18, from 10 a.m. until noon.   
  • An Advanced Microsoft Word course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 3 through 19, from noon until 2:00 p.m.   
  • Combination Microsoft Word I and II classes will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings, March 2 through 18, from 6 until 8 p.m. 

Students will learn word-processing techniques, including the creation of professional-looking letters, faxes, newsletters and other documents, as well as the use of mail merge features used to print mailing labels and address letters to multiple recipients. 

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  • Introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Excel will also be offered. 
  • Introductory Microsoft Excel classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 through 18, from noon until 2p.m.   
  • Combination Microsoft Excel I and II classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, March 3 through 19, from 6 until 8 p.m. 

Instruction will center on the creation of spreadsheets, databases and workbooks for use in tracking inventory, sorting data and creating mailing lists.  Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rows and columns using formulas and become adept at storing, managing and interpreting data. 

Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook will be explained in a course on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 3 through 19, from 10 a.m. until noon.   Participants are invited to learn how to manage email, set up online calendars, create custom slide shows and sophisticated presentations.

A course in QuickBooks Accounting Software will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 3 through 26, from 6 until 8 p.m.  Students will learn how to organize personal or business finances, track orders and payments, generate invoices, monitor and manage expenses and produce sophisticated reports and sales forecasts. 

Seniors are invited to familiarize themselves with personal computers, learn how to use email and safely navigate the internet with “Better with Technology,” which will be offered on Fridays, March 6 through 20, from 9a.m. until noon.  This class is open to agency participants as well as seniors from the public.

A special Men’s Employment Lab will be offered on Wednesdays, March 4 through 25, from 9 a.m. until noon or from 6 until  9 p.m.  Participants will receive assessment testing, discuss short and long-term employment goals, obtain basic computer instruction, and assistance with resume development and job search techniques.

The agency will also offer a series of seminars during the day and evening which are designed to help participants land and succeed at new jobs.  Courses will cover “Resumes & Cover Letters”, “Interviewing Skills”, “Job Search”, “Financial Management”, and “Careering 101.”  Project Self-Sufficiency’s Career Center also offers help with obtaining a GED; job training for women, teens and young adults; career counseling and assessment; Job Start and Job Search services.   Interested participants are encouraged to contact the agency for a schedule.

The fee for each computer course is $10; the class for seniors is $25.  All computer classes at the agency are open to registered Family Success Center and Project Self-Sufficiency participants.  To inquire about eligibility, or to find out more about the computer courses, seminars or career fairs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.