THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

HRD STAFF DEVELOPMENT
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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NAME OF COURSE : Advanced Styles in MS Word 2010

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

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Attendees will learn how to use Word's advanced style capabilities. Topics will include how to create complex, multi-level list styles, table styles, and styles based on other styles.  Attendees will also learn how to find and modify built-in styles such as footnote styles, how to use the outline view to create and style a document in minutes, and how to use Quick Style Sets to quickly change an entire document's look and feel in just a few clicks.


Please note: Before attending this class, it is suggested that attendees complete Introduction to Styles in MS Word 2010 or have a basic understanding of how to use styles.

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NAME OF COURSE : Becoming a Better Public Speaker

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

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For most of us, public speaking can be stressful. This stress, however, can be transformed from an enemy into an ally. In this class, we will discuss ways to harmonize with the natural rigors of public speaking so that speaking to an audience can become empowering. The class is interactive and will include practices on how to become a better speaker. Attendees will not be asked to perform any public speaking.

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NAME OF COURSE : Biometric Screening with Premier Wellness

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The OAG will host Biometric screenings during the Wellness Fair. You will need your HealthSelect member card and a government-issued ID, for instance a valid driver’s license or passport. The screening should take 15 to 20 minutes.


Biometric screening is a short health exam that provides information about your risk for certain diseases and medical conditions. Knowing your numbers – the results of your biometric screening -- is the first step to healthy living because it helps you understand where you can take action to improve your health.


The screening will include the following: Cholesterol/lipid panel, Glucose screening (HgA1c), Complete blood count (CBC), Thyroid level testing (TSH), Body mass index (BMI), Pulse Blood pressure, and Height/weight measurement.


You will receive the results about two weeks after the screening.  If any results are abnormal, a member of the Premier Wellness staff will follow-up with you.

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NAME OF COURSE : Biometric Screening with RediClinic

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The OAG will host onsite biometric screenings during the annual Wellness Fair from 10am to 1 pm.


The screening will include the following: Cholesterol/lipid panel, Glucose screening (HgA1c), Complete blood count (CBC), Thyroid level testing (TSH), Body mass index (BMI), Pulse Blood pressure, and Height/weight measurement. You will receive the results about one week after the screening. RediClinic will send the results a secure online patient portal at http://myrediclinic.com/. Participants will be given login information at the screening. If any results are abnormal, a member of the RediClinic staff will follow-up with you.


To participate, you will need your HealthSelect member card and a government-issued ID, for instance a valid driver's license or passport. The screening is covered at 100% by the HealthSelect plan with no cost to the participant.


Each session allows four participants during the allotted time.  If you receive a notice you are on the waiting list, please register for a different session.

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NAME OF COURSE : Coaching Sessions: A Practical Approach

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION : A coaching session is an ideal way to effectively address performance and conduct deficiencies. Unfortunately, many supervisors choose to ignore these deficiencies, allowing them to develop into serious employment problems. Attendees will view coaching sessions based on common workplace scenarios and gain confidence to effectively conduct this type of corrective action on their own. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice their coaching skills in a supportive classroom environment. This class is ideal for any supervisor who has an interest in quickly resolving workplace problems. Class size is limited.

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NAME OF COURSE : CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) & AED (automated external defibrillator

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class, taught by a local firefighter, will provide attendees with a review of practical information on how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, infants, and children.  This training will also include instruction on how to use automated external defibrillators (AED).  Upon completion, employees will receive a card from C.P.R. Resources Inc., certifying that they have completed this training. The certification is valid for 2 years.


 


Please note that there is a $20 per-person fee for this training. Payment will be collected during the class and must be made either in cash or by check payable to HOPEcpr.

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NAME OF COURSE : e-Leave Approver Training

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This course isfor OAG employees who have liaison/approver access within the e-Leave system. Instruction willshow how to use all of the approver functions, including how to mark an employee’s leave request as approved or denied, how to modify or cancel an employee’s leave request, how to submit a leave request on behalf of an employee, how to modify an employee’s work schedule, and how and when to establish a replacement when an approver is out of the office. Finally, we will provide tips and tricks that will help approvers avoid common issues.

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NAME OF COURSE : E-PRO: How to Submit, Track, and Modify Purchase Requisitions

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION : This class is an introduction to the OAG's E-Procurement application (E-PRO) and is intended for employees who prepare and submit purchase requisitions. Attendees will receive instruction on how to submit, track, and modify purchase requisitions (PRs) within E-PRO, as well as on how to share PRs with other E-PRO users, reuse previously created PRs, and work comfortably in the E-PRO environment. Attendees will also receive support documentation that explains many of the system's key features and processes.

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NAME OF COURSE : Editing in MS Word 2010

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class will review MS Word 2010’s most useful editing features. Attendees will receive instruction on how to track changes, insert comments, and compare documents. Instruction will also be provided on how to set application settings, changedocument defaults, reveal document formatting, and modify heading styles. Other features, such as Word’s find and replace and its document inspector, will also be discussed.In addition, attendees will receive a customized ribbon interface designed to facilitate the editing process.

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NAME OF COURSE : Editing: An Introduction to Copyediting and Proofreading

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

In this class, attendees will learn the basics of editing a manuscript. Attendees will understand the role and responsibilities of copyeditors and proofreaders in the editing process and learn about the "4 Cs": coherency, clarity, consistency, and correctness. Attendees will also receive tips on how to write effective queries and get instruction on applying editing marks to hard copy.

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NAME OF COURSE : Editing: Punctuation, Grammar, Usage, and Style

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class is an introduction to editing English punctuation, grammar, usage, and style. Attendees will learn when to use certain types of punctuations, review common issues related to subject-verb agreement, and receive tips for identifying when to use certain pronouns, such as "who" and "whom." The class will also provide guidance on how to craft gender-neutral sentences and when to employ passive constructions.

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NAME OF COURSE : English Refresher: Punctuation Marks

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will learn the primary uses for many common punctuation marks, including apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, dashes, braces, and quotation marks. Hands-on exercises will give attendees opportunities to identify when to use these punctuation marks correctly.

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NAME OF COURSE : Essential Formatting Features in MS Word 2010

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2.0

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

In this class, attendees will learn how to use Word 2010’s essential formatting features. These include how to change fonts, set tabs and indents, set line and paragraph spacing, keep text together on the same page, find and replace text, and use bulleted and numbered lists.

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NAME OF COURSE : Essential Formatting Features in MS Word 2013

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION : In this class, attendees will learn how to use the essential formatting features of Word 2013. These include how to change fonts, set tabs and indents, set line and paragraph spacing, keep text together on the same page, find and replace text, and use bulleted and numbered lists.

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NAME OF COURSE : Excel 2010: Essential Features

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2.0

COURSE DESCRIPTION : This class is an introduction to Excel 2010. Attendees will learn how to navigate comfortably through a spreadsheet and how to select, move, and format data. The class will also provide instruction on how to use many of Excels powerful features such as sorting and filtering, formulas and functions, and graphing. The class will also provide tips for printing Excel worksheets effectively and show how to import data into Excel.

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NAME OF COURSE : Excel 2010: Essential Features

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This class is an introduction to Excel 2010. Attendees will learn how to navigate comfortably through a spreadsheet and how to select, move, and format data. The class will also provide instruction on how to use many of Excel’s powerful features such as sorting and filtering, formulas and functions, and graphing. The class will also provide tips for printing Excel worksheets effectively and show how to import data into Excel.

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NAME OF COURSE : Excel 2013: Essential Features

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION : This class is an introduction to Excel 2013. Attendees will learn how to navigate comfortably through a spreadsheet and how to select, move, and format data. The class will also provide instruction on how to use many of Excel's powerful features such as sorting and filtering, formulas and functions, and graphing. The class will also provide tips for printing Excel worksheets effectively and show how to import data into Excel.

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NAME OF COURSE : Excel 2013: Pivot Tables

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will use MS Excel 2013 to create and manipulate pivot tables, a powerful tool for isolating, summarizing, and aggregating data. Attendees will learn features basic to pivot tables, such as grouping filtering, and summarizing data values. Attendees will also learn more advanced concepts like how to create calculated fields and how to create charts from pivot tables.


Please note: While this class is an introduction to pivot tables, it is not an introductory-level class. Attendees should already be comfortable working in MS Excel.

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NAME OF COURSE : Excel Formulas and Functions

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

In this intermediate-level class, attendees will work with many of Excel's powerful features. Hands-on instruction will be provided on how to use many of Excel's built-in functions involving Boolean logic and conditional comparisons ("IF," "AND," "OR") finding data you need ("VLOOKUP"), character manipulation ("CONCATENATE," "LEFT," "LEN") and math and statistics ("SUMIF," "MEDIAN," "AVERAGE"). We'll also look at how to use mathematical operators with dates, create nested formulas, apply formulas across multiple worksheets, and use named ranges in formulas.

Please note: this is an intermediate-level class. Attendees should be comfortable working with spreadsheets and/or have completed the Excel Essential Features class.

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NAME OF COURSE : Grammar Series: Clarity and Clutter

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION : Participants will learn to improve clarity and reduce clutter in their writing. The class will provide attendees with techniques for identifying unnecessary words, awkward constructions, and ineffective use of the passive voice.

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NAME OF COURSE : Intermittent FMLA

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION : This discussion will cover the basics of Intermittent FMLA. It is designed to provide information concerning the rights and responsibilities of employees who are taking leave intermittently under FMLA, as well as the rights and reasonable expectations of division management. Participants are encouraged to bring questions.

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NAME OF COURSE : Introduction to Styles in MS Word 2010

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2.0

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Styles in Word 2010 allow users to quickly and consistently format a document and Word integrates styles into nearly every one of its major features. Therefore, understanding styles is essential to unlocking the full power of Word. Attendees will learn how to use, modify, and create styles as well as how to use the navigation pane and outline view to quickly and easily find and move large sections of text. Attendees will also learn how to save styles into a custom template for future use.


Please note: Before attending this class, it is suggested that attendees complete Understanding Word 2010 and Essential Formatting Features in Word 2010, or have a basic understanding of Word 2010.

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NAME OF COURSE : IT Security - Secureshare

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This course will show the participants how to send and receive files using the Secureshare service. It will also go over how to request files from people outside the agency, enable receipt notification, and revoke access to shared files.

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NAME OF COURSE : Managers' Series- Sexual Harassment: A Commonsense Approach for Supervisors

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This course will provide supervisors with a greater awareness of what is and isn't harassment and provide tools for preventing sexual harassment and handling complaints. Managers will also learn how to take appropriate corrective measures when needed. This course will include a video, discussion, and necessary quizzes.

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NAME OF COURSE : Managers' Series: A Practical Approach to Corrective Actions

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Practical tips on addressing performance deficiencies through corrective actions will be given. Participants will have the opportunity to practice conducting corrective actions. Prerequisite class: "Addressing Performance Deficiencies."

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NAME OF COURSE : Managers' Series: Addressing Performance Deficiencies

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Performance deficiencies are exhibited by allsorts of employees, including the burned out employee, the new employee who is not working out, and the employee who excels in most areas but not all. This class will present options supervisors have to address performance deficiencies. Ignoring performance deficiencies may be the easiest option for supervisors, but it is the most detrimental. The class will include a presentation, discussion, and role-playing exercises.


This class is for OAG supervisors only.


Please Note: This class has been previously offered, but supervisors are welcome to attend again.

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NAME OF COURSE : Managers' Series: The New Performance Feedback Policy

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.25

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

The agency hasreplaceditsPerformance Evaluation policy with a newpolicy titled "Performance Feedback." This coursewillreview the new policy and provideguidance on how and when to provide performance feedback. Attendees will also learn of available tools for providing performance feedback.


This class is for OAG managers and supervisors only.

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NAME OF COURSE : Managers' Series: Understanding Leave Policies and Procedures

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class is ideal for anyone who supervises staff and for division leave liaisons. The presentation will include a detailed explanation of all of the different types of leave, including sick, vacation, military, performance, and emergency leave. This presentation will include a discussion on comp time, holiday time, and overtime. There will also be an explanation of FMLA (the Family Medical Leave Act) and how to handle leave-without-pay.

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NAME OF COURSE : OAG Travel Workshop

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 4

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Employees are exposed to administrative procedures, technical processes, descriptions of system applications, functional procedures, State of Texas Regulations, Comptroller's Guidelines and Rules, and agency policies related to the processing of travel reservations and travel reimbursements. Employees will be trained on current processes and new procedures, rules and processes due to changes in state law, and Comptroller rules and agency policies.

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NAME OF COURSE : Outlook 2013 for Managers

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class is designed to give supervisors a comprehensive understanding of Outlook's management-related features. Attendees will learn to effectively, efficiently, and precisely organize, find, share, delegate, and track information within Outlook. The class will also cover specific topics such as using categories effectively, maximizing Outlook's search feature, assigning and tracking tasks, sharing calendars, creating contact groups, and automating processes within Outlook.


Please note this class is for managers and supervisors only.

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NAME OF COURSE : Outlook 2013: Organizing and Managing Assignments

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will learn how to use Outlook's built-in features, such as categories and flags, to manage and organize their workflow and assignments. Attendees will learn how to create and assign categories to emails, tasks, and meetings; create and manage tasks; and create and configure Outlook folders. Attendees will also learn how to use Outlook's Rules and Quicksteps to automate their organizational process.

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NAME OF COURSE : Outlook 2013: Productivity Tips

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class will show attendees how to use Outlook effectively and efficiently. Attendees will learn how to create tasks from emails, reuse existing content by creating templates and "Quick Parts," use Outlook's search feature to find almost anything, customize their user environment so that frequently used but hard-to-find commands are easy to access, and use Outlook's automation tools to maintain a clean and organized inbox.

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NAME OF COURSE : Public Speaking: Getting Your Message Across

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Capturing and keepingan audience's attention is the key to gettinga message across. This class will explore how to connect with audience members and how to craft a presentation that keeps them attentive and engaged so thatthe message is uderstood and easily internalized.

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NAME OF COURSE : Punctuation & Grammar Refresher: Commas

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will learn to correctly use the comma in common situations, such as in direct address, with conjunctive adverbs, and in date constructions. Exercises will also show attendees how to identify and punctuate coordinate, non-coordinate, and phrasal adjectives.

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NAME OF COURSE : Punctuation & Grammar Refresher: Phrases and Clauses

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will learn to identify and properly punctuate the key parts of a complex sentence. These parts include restrictive and nonrestrictive phrases, phrases set off from the main sentence, and the intersections of dependent and independent clauses. Attendees will also learn how and when to use coordinate conjunctions, colons, em dashes, and semicolons to separate independent clauses.

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NAME OF COURSE : The Art of Communicating With Your Manager

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION : The relationship you have with your manager is perhaps the most important factor in determining your success at work. This course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore the dynamics involved in communication in the work place, discover what works when communicating with your manager, and what you can do to begin building a more effective relationship. You will also learn more about the barriers to communication and how to effectively navigate a difficult conversation.

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NAME OF COURSE : The Benefits of Employee Coaching (Managers Only)

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION : As a systematic approach to employee development, supervisors should provide constructive and consistent feedback to their employees. Coaching sessions are excellent tools for providing timely and informal feedback in specific workplace situations. Effective coaching should increase awareness and result in improved performance. This class will provide attendees with tools and tips on when and how to conduct effective coaching sessions. Attendees will also practice drafting documentation regarding coaching sessions.

This class is open only to supervisors.

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NAME OF COURSE : Windows 7: Time Management & Productivity Tips

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.25

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class will provide tips and tricks for maximizing productivity and efficiency when working in Windows 7. Attendees will learn how to fully control, configure, and customize their computer's work environment so that files and applications are easy to find, easy to access, and easy to work with. Attendees will also learn how to navigate through the Windows 7 directory system and how to use many of Windows 7's most powerful, time-saving features such as the new preview windows, expanded search tool, and Jump Lists. The class will also look at many Windows-specific hotkeys and mouse features that will help attendees to be in complete command of their computer's workspace.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2010 - Formatting Handbooks

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 3.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Learn how to use the features in Word needed for laying out and formatting a handbook.  Participants will learn how to insert and format text boxes, headers & footers, tables of contents, tables of authorities, tables of figures, indexes, bibliographies, and endnotes & footnotes.  Attendees will also learn how to insert columns and horizontal lines as well as how to keep content from breaking across pages.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2010 Features: Envelopes, Letters, and Mail Merges

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.5

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Participants will learn how to use the main features on Word 2010's Mailing tab.  This includes how to generate batches of labels, and envelopes from data files as well as how to create invidividual envelopes and labels one at a time. Attendees will also learn how to generate and send large batches of customized letters and emails.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2010 Features: Headers and Footers

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.0

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will learn how to create and modify custom headers and footers using Word 2010. Attendees will also learn how to insert and change page numbering in a document and how to save their own custom headers and footers for future use.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2010: Quick Access Toolbar and Macros

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This course will show participants how to use Word more efficiently by customizing the MS Word 2010 Quick Access Toolbar and using Word’s built-in macros.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2010: Time Management & Productivity Tips

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 1.25

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

This class will provide tips and tricks for maximizing productivity and efficiency when using Word 2010. Attendees will learn how to fully customize the entire Word 2010 interface so that the commands and information they need the most are easy to find and easy to use. Attendees will also learn how to set custom hotkeys, configure features such as autocorrect, and use time-saving tools that can be hard to find.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2013 Features: Table of Authorities

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Participants will learn how to build a Table of Authorities using MS Word 2013. A Table of Authorities is a list of the references to cases, statutes, and rules, along with the page numbers on which those references appear.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2013 Features: Table of Contents

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

Attendees will learn how to use various methods, including styles, to quickly generate and customize a table of contents.

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NAME OF COURSE : Word 2013: Creating Accessible Word Documents

NUMBER OF CLOCK HOURS : 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION :

In this class attendees will receive hands-on instruction both in how to make accessible documents in Word 2013 and in how to improve their productivity. Class exercises will walk attendees through how to quickly apply heading styles, create columns from tables, properly insert whitespace, and correct poorly formatted tables. In addition, attendees will receive a checklist with detailed instructions for improving a Word document’s accessibility.
This class is designed for all employees who use Word but is specifically intended to assist OAG staff who create and edit agency documents. There is no prerequisite for the class but some knowledge of MS Word 2013 is helpful.

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