Excel Workshops at Eberly College

Posted on 3/29/2019 10:02:05 AM

Students at the Excel workshop sessions in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, Spring 2019Forty students from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology have been busy attending special Excel workshop sessions on Friday nights from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Financial Trading Room. Employers and alumni continue to stress the importance of students being proficient in Microsoft Excel to help with placement and on-the-job success.

For seven weeks, students attend sessions that cover Excel features from a basic to advanced level. Several professors from Eberly and IUP alumnus Tyler Sowa have volunteered their time to teach the sessions and provide students with Excel tips and tricks that they will be able to apply to their coursework and future career. Faculty members instructing the sessions include Pankaj Chaudhary, Dan Lawson, Veronica Paz, Namrata Saikia, Ramesh Soni, and Jianfeng Wang.

Prashanth Bharadwaj worked with the students and faculty to develop a curriculum for the workshop that covers a wide range of core skills regarding the application. Some of the topics covered throughout the session include the use of basic functions, formulas, conditional formatting, security features, charts, PivotTables, WHAT-IF Analysis, Macros, VBA, and several other operations which will be necessary for students to use both in their current classes and future careers.

The workshop consists of a mix of business students in all disciplines, both undergraduate and MBA. Freshman accounting student Shelby Lowery understands the importance of acquiring skills in Excel as early as possible and was excited to be a part of the workshop. “I am so grateful to Eberly for giving me the opportunity to learn about Excel from various professionals,” Shelby said. “As an accounting major, I know that the skills I am learning will definitely be useful in my coursework and application for internships and jobs.”

At the conclusion of the workshop on April 12, students will receive a certificate of participation from the college that certifies their involvement in seven weeks of Microsoft Excel training outside of the classroom.

Cyndy Strittmatter, associate dean, was happy to see this program off to such a strong start. “This is something that we have been talking about for a few years and I appreciate the fact that the Management Association stepped up to pull this together,” Strittmatter said. “Dr. Bharadwaj helped in developing the program, and all of these instructors volunteered their time for the sake of student success. While students practice their Excel skills in a number of classes in Eberly, this concentrated workshop series will really help to build their confidence, skills, and placement opportunities.”