SCCC offers 'no-cost' professional training courses

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NEWTON — Build a stronger workforce this fall when Sussex County Community College hosts several no-cost professional training courses on their main campus in Newton.

The courses, offered through grant-funding for employees of NJ-based businesses, range from basic computer skills training to interpersonal communication.

Three levels of Microsoft Excel training ready employees to use this popular spreadsheet program in an array of business-related tasks.

Level One, Sept. 26 and 28, covers the basics and essentials of Microsoft Excel 2016. This course is ideal for employees who are new to the program and includes entering data, basic formulas, as well as formatting and printing.

Level Two, Advanced Formatting and Tables, Oct. 24 and Oct. 26, covers more complex functions, including creating tables and charts to manage information, with a stronger focus on office-related uses.

Level Three, on Nov. 28 and 30, teaches how to use the software platform to analyze and map data, work across multiple workbooks, and more.

All Excel courses run Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

While technical skills are important, interpersonal skills can affect the atmosphere of an office greatly. Positive interactions, clear communication, and strong conflict resolution all work together to create an atmosphere of employees want to work in.

Two courses—Principles of Effective Communication and Strategies to Effectively Manage Conflict—seek to give employees and owner-operators a chance to foster positive work relations.

Principles of Effective Communication, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, will cover communication skills within the office with coworkers, employees, and employers, as well as with customers, industry representatives, and the public at large.

Strategies to Effectively Manage Conflict, Nov. 7 from 9 am. to 5:30 p.m., incorporates interactive and practical exercises to discuss conflict management. The course will include models for resolving issues and fostering positive outcomes.

These courses are part of the Skylands Professional Training program, in partnership with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

In order to be eligible for the no-cost class, employees must work at least 20 hours per week in their position. They must also receive their usual hourly pay from their employer during the hours of training. Government employees are not eligible.

Space is limited. For more information about these special courses, or to register, please visit

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