Nearly 350 people from throughout Los Angeles and Orange County had the opportunity to learn valuable Microsoft Excel skills earlier this month at free virtual training sessions organized by Dr. Cathleen Greiner, Business & Entrepreneurship Regional Director in Orange County, and Judy Fox, Business & Entrepreneurship Regional Director in Los Angeles.
The workshops were open to community college students who were graduating or transferring, as well as employees from industry partners in the region, and CTE teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District who participated in the sessions as professional development. Community college faculty were also invited to attend. Beginner and intermediate sessions were available to accommodate participants who were new to Excel, as well as those who were looking to refresh or upskill for their jobs.
The Excel workshops continue to expand from three sessions and 125 students in the fall, to five sessions and 345 students in the spring. The sessions were facilitated by Brandon Eng, CEO and Co-Founder of ExPrep, an Excel and spreadsheet training application used by individuals and organizations across the United States.
“We have had AMAZING and broad success with the Excel workshops,” Greiner said. “It’s the employment, skills, and education/business link that is the key message and we are right in there connecting and making it happen.”
For more information about ExPrep, visit excelpreparation.com. To stay up-to-date on future Excel workshop offerings, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microsoft-excel-training-for-ocla-students-workforce-tickets-147855548927.
- The training was very useful and practical. The instructor was so knowledgeable and kind.-Accounting Professor, Pasadena City College
- The fact you don’t just “learn” how to use Excel then “apply” what you’re learning directly to mini projects helps reinforce the processes for accomplishing certain tasks. I really like that because it helped me remember what I was learning along the way so I actually felt like I was building my skills. –Accounting Student, Orange Coast College
- I had no idea I could do so much with Excel. I took the beginner’s training thinking I was going to refresh myself but ended up learning so much more. I ended up taking Intermediate, too. Looking forward to when it’s offered again!-Accounting Student, CSU-Fullerton
- It felt so good to go back to my job and do what use to take me hours in just minutes. I tried YouTube but being able to ask questions and interact during the training was helpful because you learn all the different applications of the functions and then think of all the ways it can help you be more efficient, or how to achieve certain solutions you may have struggled to figure out before. –Finance Industry/Accounting Student, El Camino Community College
- Those of us who participated were very impressed by the presenter and the content and would be interested in additional trainings. –CTE, Los Angeles Unified School District