Computer Skills Essential for Blazing the Trail Ahead


As a Millennial, I grew up with computers. In the mid-90s, we learned DOS commands and how to use a keyboard, but really, we were just trying to keep our oxen alive on the Oregon Trail. The first version of Excel, for example, was released for the Apple Mac in 1985 and the first Windows version was released in 1987.

Fast forward to today’s rapidly changing workplace. Computer literacy is undeniably a crucial and invaluable skill. Making sure your employees are current with their basic computer skills can help you better market your products, track inventory and improve your profits.

Studies have shown that computers increase productivity, but those gains can only be realized if employees are comfortable and experienced with the systems. Not only do computer skills in the workplace help keep your staff productive and efficient, but these skills also cultivate soft skills such as:

  1. Analytical and creative thinking
  2. Problem solving
  3. Leadership and teamwork
  4. Adaptability

The combination of both the new knowledge and increased performance often improves employee morale and job satisfaction. This is good for both employees and employers.

Set your employees up for success to forge the trail ahead! From Excel, PowerPoint and Word to Access, Outlook, Power BI and more, learn new skills and discover the power of Microsoft products with step-by-step guidance. Check out the special insert in this issue of the Business Magazine to see all available computer classes the MBA has to offer!

Casey Naylon is the computer trainer and database administrator at
the Manufacturer & Business Association. Contact her at 814/833-3200, 800/815-2660 or