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Computers and Information Technology (IT)

PRACE runs a number of computer and information technology courses for beginners and more advanced students.  Please see our current course information below.



Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements Sound computer skills.

Basic understanding of bookkeeping an advantage.

Course Description: A short course for those who want to learn how to use a computer-based accounting system (MYOB) to perform basic bookkeeping procedures. Content will cover:

    • customising a company file
    • processing sales / purchases
    • processing cash transactions
    • generating reports
    • preparing bank reconciliations
    • generating a BAS (Business Activity Statement)

Note: program focuses on PC compatible machines

Pathway: Work / volunteering or home-based businesses requiring basic bookkeeping / MYOB skills. Further study: qualifications within the Financial and Business Services Training Packages.
Location Merrilands Community Centre—Computer Room
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a  classroom / computer lab.
Days Tuesday and Wednesday
Time 9.30am–12.00pm
Dates 27 April —16 June 2021
Duration 16 sessions
Cost Concession & Full: $43

Fee For Service: $364

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Additional cost: workbook  $29

Enrolment At PRACE Office
Contact Tea & coffee provided.  BYO snacks

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

This is a Learn Local endorsed course.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements Interest in writing, photography or design

Sufficient literacy skills to be able to participate

Basic computer skills

Access to a laptop/PC and internet connection at home.

Course Description: A hands-on course in which participants work as a team to produce a newsletter for the PRACE community. Students learn the basics of editing, design and layout while developing their skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Paint/PaintNet and time management.

Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are essential. You don’t need high level writing skills to start this program. You just need an interest in the world around you, a bit of creativity and a desire to communicate. An interest in art, design or photography would be a bonus.

Pathway:
  • Accredited literacy programs (e.g. CGEA)
  • Pre-accredited/accredited vocational training
  • Work or volunteering
Location Remote learning from home
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a remote classroom using Zoom and Google sites
Days Friday
Time 9.30am—2.30pm
Dates Semester program

29 January—25 June 2021

(no classes on school or public holidays)

Duration 19 sessions
Cost Concession: $50

Full: $108

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Enrolment At PRACE Office ph. 9462 6077
Amenities N/A

 

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

This is a Learn Local endorsed course.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements None
Course Description: This beginners’ course will give you the confidence to perform a range of basic tasks on a computer.
The course will cover:
• Using computer hardware
• Understanding software types
• Using basic Windows 10 commands
• Using Microsoft Word 2019 (entering data, formatting, saving & filing)
• Introduction to internet and email
Note: Program designed for PC compatible machines
Pathway: Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology. Work or volunteer opportunities requiring basic computer skills.
Location Merrilands Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a remote classroom/computer lab
Days Monday and Wednesday
Time 12.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Dates 19 April — 9 June 2021

No classes on public holidays or school holidays

Duration 16 sessions
Cost Concession and Full: $50

Fee for Service: $427

+Service and Amenities fee

Enrolment Contact PRACE office on 9462 6077

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

This is a Learn Local endorsed course.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements Age 55+
Course Description: This introductory course will give you the confidence to perform a range of basic tasks on a computer.
The course will cover:
• Understanding software types
• Using basic Windows and Microsoft suite commands
• Using Microsoft Word 2019 (entering data, formatting, saving & filing)
• Understanding search engines
• Security and safety online
• Introduction to internet and email
Note: program designed for PC compatible machines
Pathway: Work or volunteer opportunities requiring basic computer skills. Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Location East Preston Community Centre

 7 Newton St, Reservoir

Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Wednesday
Time 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Dates 21 April—23 June 2021
Duration 10 sessions
Cost Concession and Full Fee: $21
Service and Amenities Fee: $15
Enrolment At PRACE office 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir Ph.9462 6077
Amenities Tea & coffee provided.  BYO snacks

 

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

This is a Learn Local endorsed course.


Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements ‘Introduction to Computers’ program or equivalent.

 

Course Description: This program will build skill and confidence in the use of essential Microsoft Office 2019 programs (Level 1) for personal, work and study purposes running on Windows 10 operating system. The course will cover:

  • An extension to basic word processing
  • Introduction to MS PowerPoint 2019
  • Introduction to MS Excel 2019

Note: program designed for PC compatible computers

Pathway: Potential to use skills for work / volunteer opportunities or pathway into accredited study (e.g. Certificate I / II in Information, Digital Media and Technology).
Location Merrilands Community Centre – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab.
Days Monday and Wednesday
Time 12.15 pm—3.15 pm
Dates Dates to be confirmed

No classes on public or school holidays

Duration 18 sessions
Cost Concession: $50

Full: $66

Fee For Service: $564

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Additional cost: workbooks x 3 (total price $66)

Enrolment At PRACE Office 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir ph. 9462 6077
Amenities N/A

 

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

This is a Learn Local endorsed course.

Testimonials:

“I gained what I expected. Would like to write my life story for my children.  Try to help my group of Greek senior citizens with their clerical needs.  Skilfully organised, very professional.”

Computer for Seniors


” I have been a ‘stay-at-home’ mum for ten years but my last child is ready to start school next year so I thought it was time for me to update my skills and experience so that I could apply for work. At first I was nervous about going back into a learning environment – I felt uneducated and without skills. But after meeting the other learners I found out that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and the teachers were very friendly and supportive. I am now completing my second computer course and have advanced on to learning PowerPoint and Excel. I also did a short course in AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language). All of this training will help when I start my Certificate III in Education Support later this year.”

Sonia – Powerpoint & Excel


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