Program Coordinator Lori Kuithe
The Business Technology program prepares individuals for the expanding use of technology in the workplace. This program prepares students for administrative and technical support positions. The program addresses a combination of business and technology and includes the use of office application software, web technology, workplace ethics, customer service, desktop publishing, office operations, and electronic communication tools.
The Business Technology degree program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s technology-driven workplaces. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Every industry needs professionals who are trained to use today’s technology in an office environment. No matter where a student’s interest lies, whether it’s the medical, legal, music, publishing, agriculture, education or other fields, there is a need for people who are competent using office software, managing projects and dealing with customers, vendors and other employees.
Students in this program will have the opportunity to complete the Microsoft Office Specialist exams for Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Experience and practice in office procedures and administrative skills
- Develop keyboarding skill and prepare various business documents and communication documents, i.e. newsletters and marketing pieces
- Develop and refine both written and oral communication skills
- Develop proficiency in computer/business software applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook
- Develop human relations so that the student can effectively discharge the multitudinous duties of an office professional
- Develop effective job market research and job seeking skills
Nature of Work: Office professionals perform a variety of clerical duties and assume some administrative duties to keep an office running efficiently. Duties may include: keyboarding, formatting and composing documents, creating and maintaining spreadsheets, databases, and presentations; handling oral, written, and electronic communications; scheduling appointments; organizing and maintaining computer and paper files; screening and making telephone calls; welcoming visitors; making travel arrangements; planning meetings; and transcribing dictation; as well as maintaining a cooperative work environment.
Skills and Abilities: In addition to a solid background in office technology skills, employers look for a good command of the English language, good interpersonal skills and good organizational ability, and the ability to move often from one task to another. Students who enroll in the program should possess the manual dexterity and physical abilities to perform the necessary office duties.
30 and Out A.A.S. Degree Program Option: Anyone who has already earned an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Technology by completing 30 semester hours of approved courses. Students interested in this program option must contact the program coordinator to receive written approval detailing the specific courses required for this degree option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.
Proficiency Test Information: BTEC 120 - Business Documents I and CIS 135 - Computer Literacy
Students wanting to take a proficiency test for BTEC 120 may do so by contacting the Business Technology Program Coordinator.
Students wanting to take a proficiency test for CIS 135 may do so by contacting the Computer Information Systems Program Coordinator.
PROGRAM PREREQUISITES FOR ALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:
To be eligible for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate of Proficiency, or Certificate of Completion in any Business Technology program, a student must:
- Earn a grade of “C” or better in all Business Technology courses (defined as courses with a BTEC prefix)
- Satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate of Proficiency, or Certificate of Completion as outlined in this catalog.
BTEC classes taken longer than five years prior to graduation must be retaken or a proficiency test passed to ensure that the student has retained his/her knowledge from the class.
Business Technology - OFFAS/ADMIN.AAS
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Total: 12-13 Credit Hours
- BTEC 114 - Microsoft PowerPoint 2 credit hours
- Approved Business Technology Electives (see list) 4-7 credit hours
- Social/Behavioral Science Elective (see specialties below for recommended course) 3 credit hours
- Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credit hours
Total: 12-15 Credit Hours
Approved Business Technology Electives List
Accounting Assistant Specialty
Administrative Assistant Specialty
Customer Service Specialty
Digital Publishing Specialty
Human Resource Assistant Specialty
Legal Office Assistant Specialty
Marketing Assistant Specialty
Medical Office Assistant Specialty
Network Administrator Specialty
Small Business Office Assistant Specialty
Total credit hours required for the A.A.S. in Business Technology: 60
Business Technology - OFSPC/ADMIN.CP
Certificate of Proficiency
Total hours required for Certificate of Proficiency in Business Technology: 30