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Windward Community College Announces A New Online Computer and Business Skills Course

The Quick Response Computer and Business Skills Training project was developed to meet the anticipated need for office and administrative support employees in the State of Hawai‘i.


Kaneohe, Hawaii (PressReleaser) January 24, 2013 — Windward Community College Office of Career and Community Education administrators announced the start of a new Quick Response Computer and Business Skills Training project to meet the anticipated need for office and administrative support employees. According to the State of Hawai`i Occupational Projections 2008-2018, there is an occupational employment and growth projection for office and administrative support in Hawai`i of 3,130 jobs or roughly 300 jobs per year for 10 years.
The project, which is supported by a Carl D. Perkins vocational and technical grant, recognizes that today’s employers need workers who are computer savvy and who are also able to communicate and relate to others. Thus, the cluster of courses includes Microsoft® Office training, keyboarding by touch, and soft skills for career success. In a survey of employers, it listed desired soft skills of workers that include the following: office etiquette, customer-focused attitudes, critical thinking, problem solving, team player skills, dependability, and listening and communication skills.
The goals for the Quick Response for Computer and Business Skills are:
• To provide students with needed technical skills such as typing, file management, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications
• To introduce students to computing literacy concepts
• To reinforce the soft skill training
• To offer needed workforce training to meet the needs of future employers

Initial focus will be on Microsoft ® Office skills. Courses will include topics such as computer file management, Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Access®. Potential students are those individuals wanting to learn office skills 24/7 along with access to a faculty member during Friday computer labs. Courses and scheduling are designed to accommodate the needs of those who are recently unemployed or those who are employed needing skills upgrading. A typical course has been divided into three parts or modules. Students may take one module at a time at his or her own pace, within given parameters. Some students will complete a course at a much faster rate, allowing more time to pursue additional training. Others will have the option to take longer. Courses are short-term and offered on a frequent-entry basis unlike semester-based scheduling. A recruitment and retention specialist will be available to advise students regarding their course selections and certificate options.

Learn more about this project through presentation and online demonstrations at one of our upcoming Open Houses. For more information, call (808) 235-7363, 236-9257 or visit


Contact Information

Carolynn Yamada
University of Hawaii, Windward Community College
(808) 235-7367

Career and Community Education (CCE) at Windward Community College is committed to providing education and training to meet the needs of our workforce and community and to provide opportunities for personal enrichment and professional development.