Computer Training

The Workforce & Continuing Education Department offers specialized training courses that can get you started in a new career quickly or help you advance in your current career.  These are noncredit courses. They do not apply toward a credit degree, credit certificate, or academic transfer.  Many of the Workforce and Continuing Education courses can lead to a nationally recognized certificate or state credential.  Upon completion, students receive a Victoria College Certificate of Completion. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college or take entrance exams for these noncredit courses.

For more information about any of the courses listed below, including specific course dates, times and admission requirements, please view the current Workforce & Continuing Education Schedule.  Students can register in person in the Workforce and Continuing Education Department, via mail by filling out the registration form and submitting with payment or by calling (361) 582-2528 to register and pay over the phone.

Online courses

VC also offers Workforce & Continuing Education courses online. See the schedule here.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Basic Concepts (Introduction to Digital Imaging)

Prerequiste:  General computer knowledge
Students will learn the introductory basics of Adobe Photoshop Elements graphics software for image enhancement and editing of digital images. This course is hands-on. Students will use an in-class computer to work with the instructor while manipulating a photo. Course topics include:

  • Tools and basic workspace area bar functions
  • Layer discussion 
  • Editing and basic creative effects of digital images
  • Basic aspects of image composition

Adobe Photoshop Elements – Intermediate

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop Elements 
Adobe's Photoshop Elements is full of outstanding features for advanced editing. Once you've learned the basics, you're ready to see how they all work together. Students will demonstrate intermediate skills in the manipulation of digital images, utilizing software/computer. Course topics include:

  • Detailed editing 
  • Creative effects of digital images

Computers for the Workplace

Prerequisite:  None
This course is designed to provide the fundamental computer competencies you need to survive and prosper in today's fast-changing workplace. You will learn how to implement the powers of modern office software to work faster and more efficiently. We'll focus on practical application for software most common to the workplace. When you finish this course, you will have learned why employers consider technological literacy so critical to the success of any organization. Students will get hands-on instruction and practice. Course topics include:

  • Computer terminology/hardware and software 
  • Windows operating system and World Wide Web
  • File management
  • Discussion of how computers are used in today’s business environment 
  • Survey software productivity suites (word processing, spreadsheets, and database)

Computer for Beginners

Prerequisite:  None
This hands-on course is designed to provide the student who is just entering the world of computers the basics of personal computers using simplified terms, examples, pictures and videos. All course materials are provided. Course topics include:

  • Computer terminology/hardware and software 
  • Windows operating system and World Wide Web
  • File management
  • Survey software productivity suites (word processing, spreadsheets, and database)

Excel 2010

Prerequiste:  General computer knowledge
This course includes hands-on instruction and practice with Excel 2007, the spreadsheet program from Microsoft Office. Students will understand basic concepts of spreadsheet (Excel) functions, create formulas, charts, graphs, and generate reports. Course topics include:

  • Introduction to terminology and machine use
  • Program parameters
  • Display characteristics
  • Mathematical functions
  • Formatting features and Printing

Excel 2010, Intermediate

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Excel
Master advanced features of Microsoft Excel and discover how this powerful MS Office program can boost your productivity. You'll see how Excel can give you further insight into your valuable data. Course topics include:

  • Managing workbook data using tables
  • Enhancing charts and analyzing table data
  • Automating worksheet tasks
  • Sharing Excel files
  • Incorporating web information

PowerPoint 2010

Prerequiste:  General computer knowledge
Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint -- the best presentation program on the market today. Learn how this version of PowerPoint is different from previous versions. Course topics include:

  • Introduction to computerized presentation graphics
  • Planning & design
  • Production of business graphics and charts
  • Production of presentation files utilizing multimedia software

QuickBooks 2012

Prerequiste:  General accounting and computer knowledge
QuickBooks is designed for the small to midsized business owner who enjoys QuickBooks ease of use but prefers a more traditional approach to accounting. In this QuickBooks class, you'll get the training you need to start using this accounting program to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile your checking account, create and print invoices, receipts, and statements, track your payables, inventory, and receivables, create estimates, and generate reports. Course topics include:

  • Lists and bank accounts/using other accounts in QuickBooks
  • Entering sales information and setting up inventory 
  • Entering and paying bills/receiving payments and making deposits
  • Analyzing financial data
  • Tracking and paying sales tax

QuickBooks 2012, Intermediate

Prerequiste:  Working knowledge of QuickBooks
This intermediate hands-on course takes an in-depth look at Quickbooks and its more advanced functions. Course topics include:

  • Analyzing financial data
  • Setting up inventory and tracking time
  • Tracking and paying sales tax
  • Estimating and progress invoicing
  • Customizing forms and writing QuickBooks letters

Word 2010

Prerequiste:  General computer knowledge
Learn to use the most widely used and recognized word processing from Microsoft Office. Students will receive an overview of the production of documents, tables, and graphics. Course topics include:

  • Word processing terminology and concepts
  • Editing functions
  • Formatting options
  • Special text options
  • Tables/Graphics

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