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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 Wednesday
Time 9.30am – 12.00pm
Dates 21 July – 17 November 2021
Duration 16 sessions
Cost Concession & Full: $43

Fee For Service: $364

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Additional cost: workbook  $29

Enrolment  Prace Office, ph. 9462 6077 – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir
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 Sound computer skills

Basic understanding of bookkeeping an advantage

Citizen or permanent resident of Australia

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 Olivine by Mirvac—Shared Space Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Friday
Time 9.15am —12.15pm
Dates 10 Sept 2021-17 Dec 2021
Duration 13 sessions
Cost Concession & Full: $43

+ Service & Amenities Fee $10

Additional cost: workbook  $29

Enrolment  Prace Office  ph. 9462 6077 

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

16 July – 10December 2021

(no classes on school or public holidays)

Duration  20 sessions
Cost Concession: $50

Full: $108

+ Service & Amenities Fee

Enrolment Prace Office, ph. 9462 6077 – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir
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 Basic computer skills
Citizen or permanent resident of Australia
Course Description: A short course to learn about a range of different apps that can assist you in the workplace. Learn how to use a number of different video conferencing apps including Zoom, MS Teams and Google Meet.

You will also be introduced to apps currently popular with many workplaces such as Survey Monkey, Canva and Google Calendar and Google Forms.

Pathway: Improved skills for work.
Location Olivine by Mirvac—Shared Space Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom with laptop computers
Days Thursday
Time 6.00pm-8.30pm
Dates 7 October – 9 December 2021

(No classes on public or school holidays)

Duration 10 sessions
Cost Concession & Full: $30

+Service and Amenities Fee $10

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 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 classroom/computer lab
Days Monday and Wednesday
Time 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Dates 4 October – 24 November 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 Prace Office, ph. 9462 6077 – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir

Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding.

This is a Learn Local endorsed course.


 

Course Code N/A
Entry Requirements Age 55+

Citizen or permanent resident of Australia

Course Description: Learn how to use the iPad & Tablet for everyday functions such as taking photos and connecting with family.
In this class you will learn:
• Basic iPad/Tablet functions
• How to download apps
• How to take great photos and videos
• Sending emails and attachments
• Brain games to keep your mind sharp!
• Skills to keep you safe on the Internet
Pathway: Volunteer work
Location Greater Beveridge Community Centre
Mode of Study Teacher supported learning in a classroom/computer lab
Days Monday
Time 10.30am – 12.30pm
Dates 4 October – 6 December 2021

(No classes on public or school holidays)

Duration 10 sessions
Cost FREE
Enrolment Prace Office ph. 9462 6077 or contact Anne at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre office on 5734 6395 or email anne.coall@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

 

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 14 July – 15 September 2021
Duration 10 sessions
Cost Concession and Full Fee: $21

Service and Amenities Fee: $15

Enrolment Prace Office, ph. 9462 6077 – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir
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 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Dates 12 July – 8 September 2021

(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 Prace Office, ph. 9462 6077 – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir 
Amenities Tea and coffee provided, BYO lunch/snacks

 

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 6 October – 8 December 2021
Duration 10 sessions
Cost Concession and Full Fee: $21

Service and Amenities Fee: $15

Enrolment Prace Office, ph. 9462 6077 – 35 Sturdee St, Reservoir
Amenities Tea & coffee provided, BYO snacks

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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