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Free Computer Classes and Career Assistance Offered at Project Self-Sufficiency

Free computer classes and career assistance is offered at Project Self-Sufficiency. Credits: Rob Yaskovic

Classes in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, along with seminars designed for goal exploration, skills assessment and interpersonal growth, will be offered in separate sessions for both women and men at Project Self-Sufficiency during February.  All courses will take place in the agency’s Career Center, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   Students must be registered Family Success Center or Project Self-Sufficiency participants. 


Introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Word will be offered.  The introductory Microsoft Word class will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 6th – 27th, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.   The advanced course will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7th – 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  A combination Microsoft Word I & II class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 6th – 27th, from 6:00 – 8:00 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. 


Introductory and advanced courses will also be held in Microsoft Excel.  The entry-level Microsoft Excel class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, February 6th – 27th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   The advanced Microsoft Excel course will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7th – 23rd, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.   A combination Microsoft Excel I & II course will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 7th – 23rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Instruction will encompass 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. 

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The Career Center at Project Self-Sufficiency is now offering participants new courses designed to maximize personal and professional skills, while combining career assessments, training and access to employment opportunities.  New courses include Career Success and Foundations for Personal Success, as well as weekly classes in Financial Management.  A new Job Club will meet on Fridays.


The agency also offers a series of seminars on Wednesdays and Fridays, covering topics such as “Resumes & Cover Letters”, “Interviewing Skills”, “Job Search Techniques”, “Financial Management”, “Networking Techniques”, “Workplace Literacy”, “Salary Negotiations” and “Careering 102.”  Other Project Self-Sufficiency Career Center programs include help with obtaining a high school equivalency diploma; 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.


All computer classes are free and 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 844-807-3500, or visit



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