The Business Technology Program provides an interactive business and professional partnership to enhance student-centered education for career office opportunities which match business needs to student outcomes. Program faculty members constantly update curriculum and course offerings to meet student and industry needs. Some classes are offered online, others in the classroom, and some in a combination of online and classroom.
The object of the Business Technology Program is to prepare students to enter various office positions. The Business Technology Program (BTECH) offers seven Associate of Applied Science degrees:
- Administrative Assistant
- Bilingual Administrative Office Assistant
- Bilingual Office Applications
- Legal Office Assistant
- Bilingual Legal Office Assistant
- Medical Office Assistant
- Bilingual Medical Office Assistant
While obtaining one of these degrees, students will learn the following skills: typing, ten-key electronic math, word processing, filing, office procedures, spelling, English grammar, and accounting. Also, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and human relations are integrated into the curriculum.
The program also offers 14 certificates.
A student who completes the BTECH office core (78 credits) and one of the specific areas of study will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in a BTECH office specialty. Degrees are awarded upon a student's completion of each required degree course with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and at least a C- in each class. Courses taken outside the degree/certificate requirements are not considered in the 2.0 GPA and C- requirements.
The Business Technology Program provides opportunities for employment and advancement in business, industry, government, and service offices.
Administrative Assistant: Students completing the administrative assistant degree and BTECH office certificate programs may be employed in a variety of business office settings.
Bilingual Medical Office, Legal Office, Administrative Office, and Office Applications: Students completing this degree will be able to work in a variety of bilingual office settings.
Legal Office Assistant: Students graduating as legal office assistants may work in law firms, real estate offices, or government offices as well as the court system.
Medical Office Assistant: Students specializing in the medical office assistant degree and medical transcription certificate may work in medical offices, clinics, and hospitals.
For more information on current employment trends, contact the Washington State Employment Security Department Job Service Center at 1-800-215-1617. Information is available at the following websites: http://access.wa.gov or http://www.workforceexplorer.com.
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