Your Curriculum

Office Software Specialist
Certificate Program

Catalog Year 2013-2014

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Robin Brush
: 503-491-7174 - Room AC 2777
(Students with last name beginning A-F)
Robin.Brush@mhcc.edu

Brenda Houchen: 503-491-7431 - Room AC 2663
(Students with last name beginning G-L)
Brenda.Houchen@mhcc.edu

Anna Johnson: 503-491-7686 - Room AC 2783
(Students with last name beginning M-R)
Anna.Johnson@mhcc.edu

Pam Shields: 503-491-7458 - Room AC 2780
(Students with last name beginning S-Z)
Pam.Shields@mhcc.edu

Administrative Office Professional
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Office software specialists work in all types of businesses as technicians in a variety of software applications that may include word processing, presentations, database, spreadsheet and electronic communications. The ideal candidate must have the ability to work independently as well as being a contributing, collaborative team member. These professionals produce and organize quality publications from handwritten, printed or electronic material. Students who want to be on the cutting edge of technology have an opportunity to thrive in this field.

Students will be trained in Microsoft applications using Microsoft-approved textbooks that cover the required objectives on the Microsoft Office Specialist exams. Students will become prepared to take Microsoft Office Specialist exams indicating that they have an understanding of the core and possibly the expert features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook in Microsoft Office software programs. By passing one or more certification exams, students can demonstrate proficiency in a given Microsoft Office application to employers.

The outlook for jobs in this field of software applications is excellent. Specialists are in high demand with opportunities for advancement. They possess problem-solving and technical skills that prepare them for today’s challenges.

For further advising assistance, students are highly encouraged to follow the web link "Additional Program Information" found on this program's web page at www.mhcc.edu/programs.

First Quarter (Fall) Cr
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1 4
BT101 Office Careers Survey 1
BT110 Business Editing 3
BT116 Communication Technologies 3
BT121B Keyboard Formatting1 or
BT121Keyboarding Principles
2-3
BT210ZWP Beginning Windows 1
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,2 4
18-19
Second Quarter (Winter)
BT111 Editing Techniques 3
BT118 Records and Information Management 3
BT122 Professional Keyboarding1 or
BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development1
3
BT125 Microsoft Word Training1 3
BT210 Access - Level II 1
BT210 PowerPoint - Level II 1
BT210ZIO Internet for the Business Professional 1
15
Third Quarter (Spring)
BT126 Microsoft Word Simulation1 3
BT210 Excel - Level II 1
BT210 Excel - Level III 1
BT250 Procedures for the Office Team 3
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations 3
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio or
HD209RES Developing Your Resume
1
WR121 English Composition1 4
16

1See course description for prerequisite.
2 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement

Additional Coursework
Students may choose to earn the Office Assistant certificate or expand employment opportunities further by taking additional coursework in the associate degree program.

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