“We had used WordPerfect for several years. About two years ago we decided to make the switch to use Microsoft Word,” said Paralegal Kristin Gordon-Hock. “There were many people in the office who had never used Word before. We also had new computers installed in our office so we decided computer training would be good for everyone to take."
Employees from the law firm took classes on Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel from Instructor Mike Kelley at the Lancaster Campus. There are 35 employees at the firm. A number of employees took several classes about each program so they could understand the full usage of both.
“Frequent technology updates are important in every business, but are particularly crucial in our profession,” said Brian Shonk, Managing Partner. “The Word and Excel training offered by Ohio University Lancaster gave our staff the tools on how to make our working product – and end product – the best it can be.”
“I think technology updates are good for everyone,” said Gordon- Hock. “Those of us who attended the classes certainly enjoyed Mr. Kelley’s class. It’s in the setting of a college class. The lab was completely up-to-date. The professor was fantastic. Mr. Kelley understood that there were people who were at a very beginner level. He made it easy for all of us to understand. He made everyone feel comfortable, especially those who hadn’t used the program before. He’s also very funny.”
After the training was over, each participant got to take a workbook with them. Gordon-Hock keeps her workbook on her desk and refers to it when she forgets how to do something she learned in the class.
“Excel was the most beneficial class for me because I wasn’t even using it to its full capacity,” said Gordon-Hock. “There were also things I learned in the Word classes that I did not know the program could do. I am using it now for trial exhibits and documents. It looks more professional when you use the programs to their highest level.”
The fall 2014 line up of computer training courses begins on September 5 with “Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010 – Level 1.” Other courses include advanced levels of Microsoft Word, various levels of Microsoft Excel and classes that introduce students to Microsoft Access and Microsoft PowerPoint. You can sign up as an individual or schedule a training session for employees of an entire business.
“Computer courses are offered at the Lancaster Campus and at off-campus locations, including places of work,” said Interim Community and Corporate Learning Director Ron Cullums.
The courses last one day starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. The cost of each course is $99.00. You can register by contacting the Community and Corporate Learning Office at 740.681.2641. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.