Office & Business Technology

A world of opportunity awaits you

Office & Business Technology

A world of opportunity awaits you

Office & Business Technology

A world of opportunity awaits you

As the responsibilities of administrative assistants and accounting paraprofessionals broaden, highly skilled professionals are in high demand. SVC’s Office & Business Technology program gives you the right training to gain a competitive edge in today’s workplace.

Program Options

With a curriculum that is learner-centered and employment-focused, SVC’s Office & Business Technology gives students the skills needed for this high-demand field. Students will learn the basics of word processing, software applications (including spreadsheets, databases and more), desktop publishing, communication skills, records management and accounting.

Degree Paths

Office and Business Technology: Accounting Paraprofessional, AAS
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Office and Business Technology: Administrative Assistant, AAS
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Certificate Options

Bookkeeping Certificate
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Business Software Applications Certificate
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General Office Support Certificate
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Office and Administrative Support Certificate
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Office and Business Technology Individual Technical Certificate
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Office Technology Update Certificate
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Small Business Accounting Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
OBT 098 - Computer Basics

OBT 098 - Computer Basics

(2)
Introduction to basic computer skills for the novice computer user. Through a hands-on approach, understand common computer terms, develop navigation skills with the keyboard and mouse, manage electronic files, send and receive e-mail, locate information on the World Wide Web, and explore e-learning tools. Provides a foundation for other computer classes requiring these skills. None

OBT 099 - Keyboarding–Beginning

OBT 099 - Keyboarding–Beginning

(4)
Basics of keyboarding skills for students who cannot type by touch; speed and accuracy building. No credit will be given if student has completed an equivalent course. None

OBT 105 - Keyboarding–Skillbuilding

OBT 105 - Keyboarding–Skillbuilding

(2)
Improve efficiency of touch typing by building keyboarding speed and accuracy. Diagnostic tools and prescriptive practice will be used to enhance keyboarding skill. Prerequisite: OBT 099 or the ability to type by touch.

OBT 110 - Introduction to Office Technologies: D

OBT 110 - Introduction to Office Technologies: D

(3)
Introduction to office careers, the office environment, and office technology. Basic skills to succeed in office support roles including general office procedures, interpersonal and customer service skills, and an overview of office technologies. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment required in CSS 103

OBT 115 - Business English

OBT 115 - Business English

(5)
Fundamentals of business grammar with an emphasis on proofreading and editing business documents. None

OBT 118 - Records Management

OBT 118 - Records Management

(4)
Study of basic concepts in the management of records and information. Includes specialized terminology, filing rules and systems, paper-based and electronic files management, records security, and ethical concerns. None

OBT 122 - MS Word I

OBT 122 - MS Word I

(3)
Use Microsoft Word for PCs to create and edit documents; apply a variety of font, paragraph, and page formats; create tables; add graphical enhancements; and perform a basic mail merge. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills and the ability to type by touch are strongly recommended.

OBT 124 - Document Production

OBT 124 - Document Production

(4)
Use word processing software to produce accurate business documents including letters, envelopes and labels, memos, tables, reports, agendas, itineraries, and minutes using standard business formats. Includes proofreading. Prerequisite: OBT 122 or equivalent.

OBT 126 - MS Word II

OBT 126 - MS Word II

(3)
Use Microsoft Word for PCs to automate and customize the formatting of documents, prepare academic and multipage documents, create and customize graphical objects, create forms, prepare documents for workgroup collaboration, and customize MS Word for improved productivity. Prerequisite: OBT 122.

OBT 132 - MS PowerPoint

OBT 132 - MS PowerPoint

(4)
Apply the features of Microsoft PowerPoint for PCs to design, create, edit, and format slide presentations; add graphical enhancements to slide content; apply transitions and animations; add sound and video; prepare notes and handouts; and customize and run a slide show. Prerequisite: Basic computer and file management skills and the ability to type by touch.

OBT 134 - MS Excel and Access I

OBT 134 - MS Excel and Access I

(5)
Use Microsoft Excel for PCs to create, edit, and format spreadsheets; write formulas and use functions to find numerical solutions; create charts and add graphics to create visual interest; and manage worksheet data. Use Microsoft Access for PCs to create, edit, and manage database tables; establish table relationships; filter, query, and sort data; and create forms and reports. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills and the ability to type by touch are strongly recommended. (For PCs only)

OBT 135 - MS Excel and Access II

OBT 135 - MS Excel and Access II

(5)
Use Microsoft Excel for PCs to apply advanced formatting techniques to spreadsheets and charts, write complex formulas and use advanced functions, use What-if Analysis tools, manage and analyze worksheet data, and automate tasks with templates and macros. Use Microsoft Access for PCs to design a relational database, enhance the design of tables, use advanced query and filter techniques, and design custom forms and reports. Prerequisite: OBT 134.

OBT 139 - Automated Office Project

OBT 139 - Automated Office Project

(1)
Specialized instruction on new office technologies. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills and the ability to type by touch are strongly recommended.

OBT 140 - 10-Key Business Calculations

OBT 140 - 10-Key Business Calculations

(4)
Develop touch addition speed and accuracy on the 10-key keyboard. Develop a functional knowledge of the electronic calculator and apply mathematical concepts to solve efficiently business calculations. Learn to convert calculator-based computations to spreadsheet formulas. Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in college-level math.

OBT 147 - Practical Accounting III

OBT 147 - Practical Accounting III

(5)
Continuation of OFTEC 146. Includes accounting for partnerships, corporations, departments, and manufacturing; statement of cash flows; and comparative financial statements. Prerequisite: OFTEC 146 or ACCT& 201 or equivalent.

OBT 160 - MS Word Basics I

OBT 160 - MS Word Basics I

(2)
Use Microsoft Word to create and edit documents and apply a variety of font, paragraph, and page formats. (OFTEC 160 is equivalent to the first half of OFTEC 122.) None. Call either (360) 416-7975 or (360) 416-7948 if you are receiving a “haven’t met prereq” message.

OBT 161 - MS Word Basics II

OBT 161 - MS Word Basics II

(2)
Continuation of OFTEC 160. Use Microsoft Word to create tables, add graphical enhancements to documents, and perform a basic mail merge. (OFTEC 161 is equivalent to the second half of OFTEC 122.) Prerequisite: OFTEC 160 with a minimum C- grade or department chair permission.

OBT 162 - Microsoft Office Basics

OBT 162 - Microsoft Office Basics

(3)
Introduction to the Microsoft Office suite of software for PCs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Provides familiarity with the programs; for more training see OFTEC 122, 132, and 134. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills and the ability to type by touch are strongly recommended.

OBT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

OBT 199 - Cooperative Education Experience

(1-15)
Supervised work experience in the field. Includes a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

OBT 204 - Microsoft Publisher

OBT 204 - Microsoft Publisher

(4)
Use Microsoft Publisher for PCs to create a variety of publication layouts that follow basic design and typography principles. In addition to learning to use the features and tools in MS Publisher, basic design and typography principles will be introduced. Prerequisite: OBT 122 or 124.

OBT 210 - Electronic Communications

OBT 210 - Electronic Communications

(3)
Use the features of Microsoft Outlook to manage e-mail, calendars, contacts, and tasks. Use Web-based resources to collaborate and communicate via text, audio, and video. None

OBT 215 - Business Communications: D

OBT 215 - Business Communications: D

(5)
Composition skills for writing effective business communications including e-mail, memos, letters, job-seeking documents, and functional reports. Business presentation skills. Team collaboration skills. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 and OBT 115. Word processing skills are strongly recommended. Word processing skills are strongly recommended.

OBT 232 - MS Office Integrated Projects

OBT 232 - MS Office Integrated Projects

(3)
Use the features of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint for PCs to complete business projects that require the integration of data among the programs. Linking, embedding, importing, and exporting techniques will be introduced. Prerequisite: OBT 122, 132, and 134.

OBT 280 - Final Project

OBT 280 - Final Project

(1)
Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of office skills by completing a portfolio and other assessment activities. Serves as a final assessment of student skills. Prerequisite: Must be taken during the last one or two quarters of a student’s program. It is strongly recommended that students take this course during their FINAL quarter of the program.

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Outcomes

Administrative Assistant

Graduates of the Administrative Assistant program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing with both customers and co-workers at a level necessary for successful employment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate software to complete business-related tasks and requirements (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and e-mail).
  • Demonstrate the ability to use proper formatting and design concepts to produce a variety of documents.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate filing procedures to store and retrieve records necessary for day-to-day operations of an organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to record basic accounting transactions and prepare basic financial statements in both a manual and computerized system.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic payroll functions and prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly tax forms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate mathematical concepts to typical business situations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors including regular attendance, punctuality, professionalism in working with others, appropriate problem-solving, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities and create an effective employment package (cover letter, resume, and application).

Accounting Paraprofessional

Graduates of the Accounting Paraprofessional program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and correctly record accounting transactions in both manual and computerized systems.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and analyze basic financial statements.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accounting practices in a variety of business structures (service business, merchandising business, sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation).
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing with both customers and co-workers at a level necessary for successful employment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate software to complete business-related tasks and requirements (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and e-mail).
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic payroll functions and prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly tax forms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate mathematical concepts to typical business situations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors including regular attendance, punctuality, professionalism in working with others, appropriate problem-solving, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities and create an effective employment package (cover letter, resume, and application).
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