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BUSINESS INFORMATION WORKER (BIW) FAQ

FOUNDATIONS OF A BUSINESS INFORMATION WORKER faq

Q: What will I learn in this class?
A: You will learn basic computer skills and how to use different business software. This includes the
following:
Essentials of Business Information Worker:
● Google Apps: Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs (1), Sheets (1), Slides (1), Forms.
● MS Office Apps: One Drive, Outlook, Word (1), Excel (1), and PowerPoint (1).
● Keyboarding.
● Filing.
● Interviewing Skills and Resume Writing.
Foundations of Business Information Worker:
● Google Apps: Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs (1), Sheets (1), Slides (1), Forms.
● MS Office Apps: One Drive, Outlook, Word (1).
● Keyboarding.
● Filing.

Q: What does this class prepare me to do?
A: This class includes basic computer skills and soft skills needed for today’s workplace. The training
prepares individuals to perform basic computer-based clerical and administrative tasks such as
drafting correspondence; creating and editing documents, basic spreadsheets, slide presentations,
surveys/polls, and organizing/maintaining paper or electronic files.

Q: What are the prerequisites/requirements to take the class?
A. In order to take this class:
● all Adult Education students must be 18 years or older or have a high school diploma or
equivalent. Individual exceptions may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
● Participants must take the orientation assessment and score 18 or above on the CASAS 601R (or
equivalent on CASAS Goals/Steps) and be able to do math at 7th grade level or higher.
● You will need a chromebook or computer/laptop with a Windows 10 or higher operating system.
● You will need a reliable Internet connection.

Q: What are the completion requirements for this course?
A: In order to complete this course, you will need to complete all required assignments with an 80%
and pass the final tests/projects for Google Apps, Microsoft Apps, Filing, Keyboarding with a speed
of 35 wpm, and complete your Resume. A certificate will be given to you for each section you
complete throughout the program and a final BIW certificate will be presented at the end of the
program when you have passed all of the final tests/projects, which can be used for employment
purposes.

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register in person at 1600 Lincoln Avenue, Napa, online at: adulted.nvusd.org or by calling
(707) 253-3594.
 
Q: When is the class?
A: We have two classes, Morning and Evening. Both meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The classroom is Room 1 on the Napa Valley Adult Education Campus.
● Morning: This is a 100% Traditional/In-person class.
Day Time Instruction Type Location Options
Monday -Thursday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm Instruction/Study Room 1
 
● Evening: This is a Blended Learning Class. There are options for learning partially in-person
and partially remote. There will be an in-person attendance requirement. The first class will
meet on Monday 8/19/24 in Room 1. Specifics about the schedule will be explained then.
Day Time Instruction Type Location Options
Monday -Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Instruction/Study Room 1 and Remote
 

Q: Can I start the program at any point?
A: We highly recommend starting at the beginning of the program. However, there are other entry points,
listed below. If you enter while the program is in session, you will be required to make up the
portions you missed in the next class offering to obtain your full program certificate. If you do not
make up the classes you missed you will receive certificates for the individual sections of the program
you did attend.
Essentials of Business Information Worker:
● 9/2/24 - Google Apps
● 9/30/24 - MS Word
● 10/21/24 - MS Excel
● 11/18/24 - PowerPoint
Foundations of Business Information Worker:
● 9/2/24 - Google Apps
● 9/30/24 - MS Word

Q: What payment will you accept for the class?
A: Credit/Debit card is the only form of payment accepted.

Completion of Orientation is required prior to final registration.

All students who register for these classes will take a reading assessment/test. The assessments will be
sent out virtually via email. Look for an email from CASAS or Etests. You will have 24 hours to complete
the assessment from when you receive your email invitation. This assessment can be taken on a
computer, chromebook, tablet or smartphone. Once you have completed your assessment, we will contact
you in 48 hours regarding enrollment.