Excel and PowerPoint Training for CAS Administrative Assistants

On March 17, Ben Jezierski, Training Coordinator of Information Technology, conducted a workshop for CAS administrative assistants entitled “Creating Charts with Microsoft Excel” for Mac Users. On March 24 and 25, Ben conducted a two-session workshop entitled “ Introduction to PowerPoint.” These sessions were the most recent offerings in the CAS Administrative Assistants’ Professional Enrichment Series.

In the Excel chart workshop, the four most commonly used charts were covered: pie, bar, column, and line charts. After a discussion of two important preliminary tasks–arranging data correctly in a spreadsheet and selecting the most appropriate kind of chart to display the data– participants gained hands-on experience in creating charts and graphs and formatting them to clearly present information.

In the PowerPoint workshops, users learned:

  • Getting started with PowerPoint
  • Creating a presentation
  • Formatting text on slides
  • Adding graphical objects to a presentation
  • Modifying Objects
  • Adding tables to a presentation
  • Inserting charts to a presentation
  • Preparing to deliver a presentation

Handouts from the workshop are available on the CAS Administrative Assistants’ Blackboard site on MySJU. One of the attendees commented, “Ben was informative, helpful and explained the topics in a clear, concise manner. I felt it was very beneficial and practical.”

This is the final technology workshop for administrative assistants for this academic year. Planning is now underway for next year’s series. Topic suggestions from our administrative assistants are welcome and should be directed to Lorraine Hannon.

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