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Lanier Tech updates program for computer software training
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Forsyth County News

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A new training program has been implemented at Lanier Technical College to better prepare students to use the latest computer software in business administrative professions.

The Microsoft Office Applications Professional Certificate is now being offered by the Business Administrative Technology Department at Lanier Tech’s Forsyth and Dawson campuses.  

The new certificate program includes classes in spreadsheet applications using Microsoft Excel, word processing using the latest version of Microsoft Word, as well as database skills. The program also trains students to use additional applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook.

Marjory Wooten, director of the Business Administrative Technology  program, said 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 including Ashley Perkins from Express Personnel Services in Alpharetta.

Perkins said, “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.  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.”

Mike Moye, president of Lanier Technical College said that “one of the primary advantages that we have in technical education is the ability to update our training quickly to meet the needs of employers in the area.

“The new BAT 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.”

The Microsoft Office Applications Professional Certificate consists of six classes offered at both the Forsyth and Dawson campuses.

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.