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Administrative Assistant
Office Procedures
This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of three designed for administrative assistant training. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in office procedures. It includes an orientation, workplace safety procedures, resource management, business ethics and attitudes, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the proper use of office tools and equipment including electronic calculating machines and reprographic equipment, telephone etiquette, email and mail processing, data and records management, the appropriate use of reference materials, and travel arrangements.
 
Business English
This competency-based course is the second in a sequence of three designed for administrative assistant training. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in written and oral business communications. It includes an introduction and reviews of workplace safety procedures and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the rules of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and the applications of those rules in business writing and reporting. It also covers techniques in effective reading, listening and speaking.
 
Business Math
This competency-based course is the last in a sequence of three designed for administrative assistant training. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in business mathematics. It includes an introduction, reviews of workplace safety procedures and employability skills, and entrepreneurial skills. Emphasis is placed on the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers as well as the applications of the mathematical rules in the computation of word and money problems. This course also promotes speed and accuracy utilizing an electronic calculator. It develops proficiency in checking and verifying data and other business-related problems with and without the use of an electronic calculator.
 
 
 
Computer Technology
 Computer Operations/1: Foundations
 This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of courses designed for computer operation. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in basic computer operation. It includes an orientation, workplace safety, resource management, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the computer and its parts, computer operating systems, word processing, file management, Internet applications, e-mail, computer ethics and security, and virus and spyware protection. 
 
Computer Operations/2: Applications
This competency-based course is the second in a sequence of courses designed for computer operation. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in the applications of computer programs. It includes an orientation and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the techniques for word processing and electronic spreadsheets.
 
Computer Operations/3: Database Management
This competency-based course is the third in a sequence of five designed for computer operation. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in database management. It includes an introduction and reviews of workplace safety and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on basic filing, alphabetic indexing, cross-referencing techniques for on-file documents, application of system commands for file maintenance, and the creation, documentation, and protection of functional data files.
 
Computer Operations/4: Presentations
This competency-based course is the fourth in a sequence of five designed for computer operation. It provides students with technical instruction and practical experience in presentation programs. It includes an introduction and reviews of workplace safety and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the different types of presentation graphics software, understanding the parts of the PowerPoint screen, navigating an existing presentation, creating a new presentation using the basic principles of design, filling in text boxes, inserting and formatting objects to edit and improve the presentation graphics, adding private notes for the speaker, printing the slides, and tips to maximize the effect and utility of the presentation.
 
Keyboarding
This competency-based course is designed to introduce limited English proficient students to computer keyboarding skills. It contains definitions of common computer terminology. The course emphasizes the development of accuracy and speed, proper operation of a microcomputer, computer applications in an office, and basic exploration of employability skills.