programs are some of the most exciting ones offered on campus. Their
curricula reflect the rapid changes taking place in offices today. The
modern office is being revolutionized by increasingly sophisticated
technologies, and a "new breed" of office professional is using them
for telecommunications, word processing, spreadsheets, database management,
and desktop publishing. The "Office of the Future" has already arrived,
bringing with it integrated information systems and specialists who
can use them to organize, manage, and administer office functions. The
national shortage of office personnel, rapid technological advances,
new opportunities for increased earning potential and career advancement
all make any one of these programs an excellent choice for distinctive
Today's office specialist is seen as part of the management team,
and has administrative responsibility that may include planning, organizing,
and directing certain activities and functions. Promotional possibilities
include administrative specialist, office manager, and other similar
positions. And today's specialist command higher and higher salaries.
At a time when administrators and specialists have become increasingly
important to business, there is a critical shortage. As a result, titles,
benefits, roles, and responsibilities are all enhanced.
The Office Information Technologies programs offer
several unique programs: the one-year Clerical Office Assistant
certificate program; the certificates of completion in Microsoft
Office and Geographical Information Systems;
and the Office Information Technologies - Executive
degree program and options.
All of our programs offer special career opportunities and specific
academic studies. Many of these academic studies are common to all programs,
and several are unique. Entering students may already have some well-developed
skills in keyboarding and word processing that would make them eligible
for challenge examinations, which are designed to allow credit for acquired
skills. Students who demonstrate satisfactory results on these exams
can enroll in advanced courses in related areas.
These programs are intensive, and require approximately 30 to 40
hours of study outside class each week. While this requirement may seem
excessive, the investment of time will be worthwhile because it will
bring many rewards in job satisfaction and career advancement. Our courses,
faculty, and extensive new training facilities are state-of-the-art,
and cannot be matched in the region.
Students must place in ENGL-100 prior to registering for first semester
courses. Enrolling students are required to take math, reading and English
placement tests. If students have been out of school for a number of
years, or are weak in math, reading comprehension, and/or English, it
would be wise to review these skills before taking the placement tests.
Depending on the test results and the program selected, it might be
wise to enroll in one or more of the following English and math courses
before the first semester of courses.
Minimum Grade Requirement: Students are required
to achieve a "C" (73%) or better as a final grade in specified courses.
A minimum quality point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.
Minimum Speed Requirements: Students are required
to achieve the minimum "Speed Requirements" specified for individual
courses. A minimum speed requirement of 50 WPM for 5 minutes with 5
errors or less is required for students graduating from the Office Information
Technologies - Executive program.
Minimum Standards: Third and fourth semester students
in specified programs are required to achieve minimum "Mailability Standards."
Cooperative Education: Cooperative Education is
available to eligible seniors who wish to enhance their education with
work experience. Co-Op work must follow guidelines established by the
program and the Cooperative Education Office.