Additional Excel training dates AND free Microsoft Office for home

August 13, 2015

Due to the overwhelming response to the Microsoft Excel hands-on offerings announced last week, additional sessions are now scheduled for Friday, September 25 at the following times:

  • *New* Excel Basics – Friday, September 25 from 9-11 AM
  • *New* Excel Intermediate – Friday, September 25 from 1:30 -3:30 PM
  • (Please note the previously announced sessions on Wednesday, August 26 are full)

Needless to say, this is a great way for Cal Lutheran employees to gain proficiency in one of the most commonly used business tools. For a description of items covered in the Excel training sessions and to reserve your seat, click here.

All sessions cover Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows and Office 2016 (new release) for the Mac.

A special thank you to Colleen McCarthy and the Staff Development Committee for their recommendations. These sessions are just the beginning…

To help hone your new skills, repeating of the January 2015 announcement, Microsoft Office is now available free of charge to all Cal Lutheran faculty, staff and students for home use (please do not attempt to install Office 365 on work computers). Microsoft Office tools are also available for virtually all your mobile devices.

What is included in Microsoft Office 365?

  • Office 2013 for PC and Office 2011 for Mac
  • Office apps for Apple IOS (iPad and iPhone) and Android devices
  • Office 365 cloud – online file storage and online Office applications

How many computers or tablets can I use this subscription on?

Each license allows you to run Office on up to five Mac or Windows computers. Additionally, Office 365 apps can be run on 5 Apple IOS (iPhone or iPad) or Android devices.

How do I sign-up?

Sign-up at the Office 365 eligibility site. Enter your email address and click Sign-up. A validation email will be sent to complete the sign-up procedure. It’s that simple. Once you have signed up, you may log in to the Microsoft Office portal, ( for device specific downloads, or use Office 365 cloud applications directly from your browser.

What is the difference between Office 365 and the Work at Home (WAH) program offered in the fall?

In addition to desktop programs included in the WAH program, Office 365 offers cloud access and apps for mobile devices, both of which would normally carry licensing costs. Both programs require you to be affiliated with the university to continue use, but to prevent abuse, Office 365 requires periodic eligibility verification via email.

If you have questions about this subject or any other technical matter, please call the Help Desk at (805) 493-3698 or send e-mail to

As a reminder, ISS staff will never ask you for your password.