Wednesday, September 28, 2016

October Family Law Seminar Planned



Project Self-Sufficiency will sponsor a free seminar about issues related to Family Law on Wednesday, October 5th, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the agency’s campus, located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   The program will address child support, grounds for divorce, court procedures, custody, alimony, parenting time, equitable distribution of assets, and other topics related to divorce.  The presentation, which will be facilitated by Michelle Olenick, Esquire, is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Free Microsoft Excel Class in Blairstown



Blairstown-area residents are invited to learn advanced Microsoft Excel at a free course offered at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Main Street location on Thursdays, October 6th – 20th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Instruction will include the creation of spreadsheets, databases and workbooks for use in tracking inventory, sorting data and creating mailing lists.  Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rows and columns using formulas and become adept at storing, managing and interpreting data. The course is free; participants must be registered Family Success Center or Project Self-Sufficiency participants.  The agency’s computer lab is located in the First Presbyterian Outreach Center at 35 Main Street in Blairstown. 

A complete roster of computer classes and employability skills courses are offered at Project Self-Sufficiency’s Newton location all year long, including classes in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook; QuickBooks accounting software; and courses designed just for seniors and for men. 

To register, or for more information, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500.  Information about the agency’s programs and services is also available at www.projectselfsufficiency.org.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Free Computer Classes and Career Assistance Available at Project Self-Sufficiency



During October, Project Self-Sufficiency will offer classes in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint & Outlook, and QuickBooks, as well as seminars designed for goal exploration, skills assessment and interpersonal growth.  Separate sessions will be held for both women and men.  Special courses for senior citizens will also be available.  All courses will take place in the agency’s Career Center, which is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton.   With the exception of the course for seniors, all classes are free; the course fee for seniors who are not agency participants is $25.  There is a $10 course fee for participants in the Men’s Employment Lab. 

Introductory and advanced courses in Microsoft Word will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4th – 20th.  The introductory Microsoft Word class will take place from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., an advanced Microsoft Word course will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., and a combination Microsoft I & II course is scheduled for 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Students will develop word-processing skills, create letters, faxes, newsletters and other documents, and use mail merge features to print mailing labels and address letters to multiple recipients.  Completion of the introductory course is a prerequisite for the advanced class.

An advanced Microsoft Excel course is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays, October 3rd – 24th, from 10:00 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.  Participants will create spreadsheets, databases and workbooks for use in tracking inventory, sorting data and creating mailing lists.  Students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rows and columns using formulas and become adept at storing, managing and interpreting data. 

Microsoft PowerPoint and Outlook will be explored on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 3rd – 24th, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Participants will learn to manage email, set up online calendars, create custom slide shows and sophisticated presentations.

A course in QuickBooks Accounting Software will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 3rd – 26th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Students will learn how to organize personal or business finances, track orders and payments, generate invoices, monitor and manage expenses and produce sophisticated reports and sales forecasts. 

Seniors can familiarize themselves with personal computers, learn how to use email and safely navigate the internet with “Better with Technology,” which will be offered on Fridays, October 7th – 21st, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This class is open to agency participants as well as seniors from the public.

A special Men’s Employment Lab will be offered on Wednesdays, October 5th – 26th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Participants will receive assessment testing, discuss short and long-term employment goals, obtain basic computer instruction, and get help with resume development and job search techniques.  There is a $10 fee for this course.

The Career Center at Project Self-Sufficiency offers courses designed to maximize personal and professional skills, while combining career assessments, training and access to employment opportunities.  The Career, Education & Employment Foundations course bundles goal-setting exercises with introductory computer training and career seminars.  Upon completion, students are poised to move on to more advanced computer training or enter the workforce.  Separate sessions are available.  Daytime courses will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, October 3rd – 12th, or October 17th – 26th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  For those who prefer an evening schedule, the group will gather on Wednesday evenings, October 5th – 26th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The agency’s Foundations for Personal Success series guides participants through interpersonal skills, such as anger management, effective communication, and establishing healthy relationships, as well as reviewing nutrition, social media and other topics.  Daytime courses will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 4th – 13th or October 18th – 27th, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  A separate evening session will meet on Tuesdays, October 4th – 25th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The agency also offers a series of seminars on Fridays, from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., covering topics such as “Resumes & Cover Letters”, “Interviewing Skills”, “Job Search”, “Financial Management”, and “Careering 101.”  Project Self-Sufficiency’s Career Center also offers help with obtaining a GED; job training for women, teens and young adults; career counseling and assessment; Job Start and Job Search services.   Interested participants are encouraged to contact the agency for a schedule.

All computer classes at the agency are open to registered Family Success Center and Project Self-Sufficiency participant; the course for seniors is also open to members of the public.  To inquire about eligibility, or to find out more about the computer courses, seminars or career fairs offered at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.