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Business Technology & Administrative Office Professional

Today's employers seek tech-savvy individuals who enjoy a fast-paced work environment. Learn about the business world while gaining hands-on experience in software application packages through Heartland's highly flexible Business Technology and Administrative Office Professional programs. Many of the courses, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, are offered in an open learning format. This allows you to complete a class at any point during a semester - whatever fits your needs.

Fast Facts:

The courses included in the Business Technology certificate program count toward the completion of HCC's Business Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and the Administrative Office Professional Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS). You may also qualify for free vouchers to take Microsoft certification exams in our Business Technology Learning Center.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022. Strong communication and organizational skills, along with expertise in technology expand your opportunities for advancement in the field.

Bureau Of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department Of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition

Your HCC Options

There are different paths into this field. Consider your career goals and personal interests, and then choose the option that best meets your needs.

FIRST: Start by earnings your Heartland Business Technology Certificate

Certificate - Business Technology - ? credit hours

The Business Technology Certificate offers an introduction to business technologies and you will learn basic Microsoft Office skills. The certificate prepares you for entry-level employment as a(n):

  • Receptionist
  • Office or Data Entry Clerk
  • Information Processor
  • Technical Specialist

THEN: Choose the path that best meets your career goal

Associate in Applied Science - Business Technology - 61 credit hours

Earning a Business Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree opens additional and more advanced career paths. These include becoming a(n):

  • Organizational Support Specialist
  • Statistical Assistant
  • Financial Assistant
  • Actuarial Assistant

Associate in Applied Science - Administrative Office Professional - 66 credit hours

With your Administrative Office Professional Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree you can pursue opportunities in small businesses, large companies, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. Career options include:

  • Office Manager
  • Executive Secretary
  • Executive Assistant
  • Personal Assistant