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Online Professional Skills Development Trainings

Since 1983, The Next Step, Inc. (TNSI) has offered various initiatives and skills development programs to assist socially and economically disadvantaged Texans. These programs develop skills essential for daily living, career transition, and workforce reentry. Participants must be 18+ and live in the United States. 

Current Programs

Microsoft Office Basics 
Length: 10 days
Group Coaching Sessions: (Central Standard Time) 8:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 5:30 pm                   

Cost: Online $80, Hybrid $120, (or) 
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Microsoft Office Basics introduces Word and Excel while strengthening emotional intelligence skills essential in any office environment (remote, in-office, or hybrid). Participants will learn by creating a resume, job search spreadsheet, and action plan to address work challenges. 

After this program, participants will be able to perform these basic business tasks in Word and Excel:

  1. Create new documents and spreadsheets

  2. Format pages and text

  3. Sort and filter data in a spreadsheet

  4. Apply AutoSum and write a formula 

For the full learning plan, refer to the Program Syllabus

Need more information?  

Contact an advisor 

Program Design

Short & Sweet

We believe participants learn best by doing. That is why our programs deliver bite-sized lessons that end with a small, hands-on project.


We offer online and hybrid sessions:

  • Online sessions are 100% online.

  • Hybrid sessions require one in-person class weekly and all other learning activities online. 

Live Assistance

We are committed to your learning. That is why group coaching events are offered on video chat twice a week at different times during the day. 

Program Eligibility

Participants will need the following to benefit from instruction fully:


  1. Basic computer operating skills and ability to use the internet.

  2. Commitment to participate in one coaching session per week. *Online sessions require two per week.*

  3. Personal device (tablet or computer) with a video camera and active internet access.  


Need a computer and low-cost internet?

We have partnered with PCs for People to connect qualifying individuals with quality refurbished desktops, laptops, and internet service. Visit to see available products and prices.


"I found it very easy to accomplish each assignment from day to day."

B. Davis

"He [the coach] was very supportive as my time is quite limited. Thank you for your great support, very good job." 

C. Rangel

"Gave me more confidence and abilities to complete my work efficiently."

J. Hudson

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