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Brenda Kearns

Business Technology A.A.S.

Department: Business Technology

Total Credit Hours: 64 credits

Every industry needs professionals who are trained to use today’s technology in an office environment. No matter where a student’s interest lies, whether it’s the medical, legal, music, publishing, agriculture, education or other fields, there is a need for people who are competent using office software, managing projects and dealing with customers, vendors and other employees.

Instructors are committed to assisting students by keeping all course content, equipment and teaching methods current. This ensures better applied learning so students are successful in Business Technology career fields and can be placed in high-paying positions. Courses are offered online, on campus and in a hybrid format.

What Is BTC?

The Business Technology (BTC) program at St. Charles Community College addresses a combination of business and technology skills. The BTC program provides training in all facets of Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, office operations and customer service. Students will also learn to apply skills in time management, personal organization, supervision and administration in the workplace.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the diverse careers in this field, the outlook is varied. For most jobs in an office setting, the outlook is for growth from years 2012 to 2021 is between 12 and 16 percent.

Nearly all students who were seeking employment in a related area found jobs within 180 days of graduation.

Salary Outlook

Salaries vary greatly in different occupations within this field. The median 2012 salaries were between $27,000 and 40,000 annually for those working in the field.

Sources: Occupational Outlook Handbook

BTC Careers

A broad range of careers are possible and include, but are not limited to: administrative assistant, assistant director, buyer, developmental coordinator, executive secretary, hotel clerk, human resources assistant, legal secretary, medical secretary, municipal clerk, office manager, program assistant, receptionist, secretary, customer service representative, front desk clerk, receptionist, telephone operator, warranty administrator, clerical assistant and desktop publisher.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (24 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Math* 3
Communication ENG 101
ENG 102
SPE 101
English Composition I*
English Composition II*
Oral Communications
3
3
3
Social Science HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
US History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
3
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM or PHY 3
Humanities CPT 105 Computer Ethics 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (34 credits)
BTC 105 Proofreading & Editing Business Documents 2
BTC 130, 131, 132 Customer Service, Telephone Communication Skills, and Time Management (online) 3
(1 hr. ea)
BTC 136 Electronic Communication with Stakeholders 2
BTC 138 Project Management 1
BTC 145 Business Technology Tools 3
BTC 150 Managing Info-Outlook 1
BTC 160 Word Processing - Word 2
BTC 165 Presentations - PowerPoint 2
BTC 170 Spreadsheet Applications - Excel 3
BTC 175 Database Applications - Access 2
BTC 190 Planning and Design Concepts - Publisher 2
BTC 245 Administrative Procedures 3
BTC 247 Administrative Supervision 3
BTC 250 Business Simulations 3
BTC 290 Publishing Projects - InDesign 2
Electives (6 credits)
ACT 101 or BUS 101 Applied Accounting or Intro to Business 3
Any ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, PHE, PSY or SOC 3
Total Required Hours: 64 credits

Contact Information: Nancy Graviett ngraviett@stchas.edu 636-922-8390

* The Academic Skills Assessment is required before enrolling in a Math or English course. If a student places into lower level courses than are required for the degree, then the student must first enroll in the lower level courses before enrolling in the courses required for graduation.

** Four Week Course

*** Eight Week Course

+ Online Course

++ Hybrid Course

Suggested Schedule Planning

Course Title Credits
First Semester (16 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition I* 3
BTC 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
HIS 101 or
HIS 102 or
HIS 115 or
HIS 270 or
POL 101 or
POL 102
US History to 1877
US History since 1877
US History Since 1945
History of Missouri
American Government
State & Local Government
3
BTC 160 Word Processing - Word + *** 2
BTC 165 PowerPoint Presentations *** 2
CPT 105 Computer Ethics 3
Second Semester (17 credits)
MAT 105 Applied Math* 3
ENG 102 English Composition II* 3
BTC 136 E-Communication with Stakeholders + *** 2
BTC 138 Project Management *** 1
BTC 150 Managing Personal Information - Outlook *** 1
BTC 170 Spreadsheet Applications - Excel + *** 2
BTC 175 Database Applications - Access *** 2
Any BIO, CHM, or PHY 3
Third Semester (15 credits)
BTC 105 Proofreading and Editing Business Documents + *** 3
BTC 130 Customer Service + ** 1
BTC 132 Time Management + ** 1
BTC 190 Planning and Design Concepts - Publisher *** 2
BTC 245 Administrative Procedures ++ 3
BTC 290 Publishing Projects - InDesign *** 2
SPE 101 Oral Communications 3
Fourth Semester (16 credits)
BTC 131 Telephone Communication Skills + ** 1
ACT 101 Applied Accounting 3
BTC 145 Business Technology Tools ++ 3
BTC 247 Administrative Supervision ++ 3
BTC 250 Business Simulations ++ 3
Any: ANT,ECO, GEO, HIS, PHE, or SOC 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 64 credits

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Brenda Kearns

Brenda Kearns

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Contact Information

Michele Williams,
Office Coordinator
636-922-8334
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Nancy Graviett,
Program Chair
636-922-8390
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Office Location
TECH 105
Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376

636-922-8000

info_desk@stchas.edu

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