Desktop Publishing C.A.

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Desktop Publishing C.A.

Department: Business Technology

Total Credit Hours: 37 credits

This certificate program provides the graduate with entry-level skills as a desktop publisher capable of producing basic publishing documents. Training is provided in many computer software skill areas, page layout, design and management techniques for use in small businesses and home publishing businesses. Current computer and technology skills are applied in all program areas of Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and the Internet.

Work with the Business Technology program representatives for scheduling and job placement assistance at any time during your course work. The courses for this certificate may be applied to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administrative Systems.

What Is BTC - Desktop Publishing?

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 that meet their needs. Courses are offered online, on campus and in a hybrid format.

The courses for this certificate may be applied to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Technology.

Occupational Outlook

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

Salary Outlook

The median salary with experience is just over $37,000. Salaries vary depending on the type of industry and experience.

Sources: Occupational Outlook Handbook

BTC Careers

Desktop publishers use software to design page layouts for print or online documents like newspapers, books, brochures and other items. They create the text, graphics and other materials they will need and format them into a finished product.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (12 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Math 3
Communication ENG 101 or
ENG 102 or
SPE 101
English Composition I or
English Composition II or
Oral Communications
Social Science HIS 101, or 102, 115, or 270 or POL 101 or POL 102 US History or Political Science 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (25 credits)
BTC 136 Electronic Communication with Stakeholders 2
BTC 138 Project Management 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 247 Administrative Supervision 3
BTC 290 Publishing Projects 2
CPM 170 Computer Graphics 3
CPM 210 Digital Photo Editing 3
Total Required Hours: 37 credits

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Michele Williams,
Office Coordinator
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Nancy Graviett,
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Office Location
TECH 105
Office Hours

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

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376


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