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SMCCCD PDA 2022-23



Complete any 4 workshops to receive a Certificate of Completion. Trainings are offered on a first come, first served basis with a cap of 50 participants. Offered Fall 2022 & Spring 2023.

"I learned several ways to make tasks effective and faster with less headache. Taking this class made me feel relieved, as I used to work harder than I should have to complete simple tasks." - participant

Excel Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

Trainer: Jennifer Buchholz | Friday, Feb 10. | Time: 10:00 - 11:00

If you're looking for quick tips to improve your use of Excel, this is the training for you. No matter what your current level, you will get nuggets of wisdom to help you save time - and we make the training fun. You will learn valuable keyboard shortcuts, insider tips and hacks, and key ways to get more meaning out of your data faster. If Excel is not fun for you (yet), don't worry - Jennifer Buchholz of Excel and Flourish teaches in a way that helps all levels of learners. If you haven't taken an Excel training lately (or ever), we promise you will learn something to save you time! Specific questions are encouraged.

Key Outcome:

  • Learners will become familiar with Keyboard shortcuts, formatting, flash fill and more

How to Master Microsoft Word

Trainer: Jennifer Buchholz | Friday, Feb 24. | Time: 10:00 - 11:00

We’ve been using Word for years, but haven’t kept up with the software enhancements – now’s the time! This session will benefit users of all levels. We’ll show the secrets of using templates, formatting, and more. Come with questions about documents that frustrate you and we can answer those too.

Key Outcome:

  • Learners will become familiar with format painter, themes, styles, pdfs, templates, and more

Unleash the Secret Powers of PowerPoint

Trainer: Jennifer Buchholz | Friday, Mar 24. | Time: 10:00 - 11:00

It’s so much more than just slides! We’ll cover at least 10 ways that you can use PowerPoint to deliver powerful messages. Whether it’s formatting a presentation, using images in slides, animations of objects or turning the presentations into multi-media video, PowerPoint has added a lot of new features – you need to know how to use them.

Key Outcome:

  • Learners will become familiar with formatting art, animations and presentations tools

Excel - Turning Data into Results

Trainer: Jennifer Buchholz | Friday, Apr 14.| Time: 10:00 - 11:00

We download data all the time – and then spend time cleaning it up to make it usable. Let’s find some shortcuts for doing that cleanup using flash fill, text to columns and PowerQuery. Then we can use a couple mouse clicks to summarize that data into something meaningful.

Key Outcome:

  • Learners will become familiar with flash fill, text to columns, PowerQuery and Pivot Tables

Understanding OneDrive Cloud Storage

Trainer: Jennifer Buchholz | Friday, May 12. | Time: 10:00 - 11:00

So, your stuff is stored in the cloud. What does that mean? How can you access it? What’s the easiest way to find files? What if you’re traveling? How can you share files? These questions and more will be answered in our session.

Key Outcome:

  • Learners will become familiar with OneDrive, file sharing, collaboration and more

Workshops are held in Zoom. New to Zoom? View Zoom for Beginners resources.

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Jennifer Buchholz

Best-selling author, entrepreneur, coach, and engaging geek Jennifer Buchholz has worked in higher education, training, and development for over 20-years. When she realized that traditional methods weren’t helping her students thrive—she founded her own business, based in Milwaukee, which helps organizations and teams improve productivity and reduce frustration with Microsoft products through fun technical skills training. The result? Amped-up collaboration and better success across every aspect of their business and work.

Jennifer is an award-winning connector who consistently goes out of her way to help others succeed. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, her passion is bringing people together so they have the tools, support, and resources they need to be successful. She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations including ATD (Association for Talent Development), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), Women’s Entrepreneurship Week, eWomen Network, and more.

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