Microsoft Excel

excelThumbLearn to use this popular computer program for work or career exploration.

Microsoft® Excel is a useful spreadsheet program that allows you to enter numbers or information into the rows or columns of a spreadsheet. These entries can be used for making calculations of difficult formulas easy, graphs, and statistical analysis.

While learning the basics of Microsoft Excel, learners gain from creating spreadsheets such as a Job Search Log in order to keep track of the employment positions they apply for (can also be used as a reporting tool). Other learners may discover a love for working with numbers and spreadsheets which may lead them to further education in fields such as Bookkeeping and Accounting. Topics include:

  • Computer Basics and Saving Files
  • The Excel Environment
  • Popular Features
  • Workbooks and Worksheets
  • Number Formatting and Formulas
  • Tables and Charts

online learningThis online course (certificate program) is taught via Zoom (an easy-to-use online software platform). If you have access to a computer (with camera and microphone), an Internet connection, email address and basic computer skills, this training is for you.

Take advantage of free, quality instruction complimented by curriculum.


Courses are offered at various times of the year, depending on labour conditions and learner needs. Call 613-932-7161, for more information.

A few words from our learners

“I came into this course to refresh my skills in Microsoft Excel. I used the program many years ago and it never “clicked” for me. I now have a good understanding of the program and am very happy I took the course. Don’t hesitate! You will not regret your choice. Everyone at Tri-County Literacy Council is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. TCLC can help you improve your skills and confidence. I am a single mother trying to get back in the workforce. My skills are a bit outdated. Taking the Microsoft Excel course helped me be more confident with the program and myself. I feel better about my future. Thank you!”
-Susan Currier

“I can tell you that after taking this brief 6-week Microsoft Excel course, I can only speak highly of my instructor and tell anyone interested in going back to school (after 20 years away) that it’s OK. I felt welcomed and comfortable and well taught… A highlight of the course was the development of a Microsoft Excel document which allowed me to use the skills I had been taught with hands on practice.”
-Peter Amell

“Please call. They have helped me so much. I am sure of myself. Am not afraid of learning anymore.”
-Margaret Donohoe

“Tri-County Literacy Council is a friendly, outgoing atmosphere to learn in. Everyone can learn something to take away in their learning/job seeking journey. I am more confident in my ability to find employment… My position was eliminated in July. I didn’t feel confident about finding a position in the job market given my age and length of time with my former employer. With the new skills I have acquired from the Microsoft Excel course, I feel I am much more confident and prepared for searching for employment within my field of expertise.”
-Janet McEwan