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A degree in Business Technology (BTEC) will prepare you to manage a modern workplace and be successful. Major courses concentrate on developing software skills in Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Other skills developed include web page design, desktop publishing, using social media to promote your company, and creating communications to let customers know about products or services for your small or medium-sized business.

A career ladder enables you to begin with a one-year Certificate then complete the two-year associate degree in Business Technology. A BTEC degree will provide you with a comprehensive competency skill set focused on problem-solving applications necessary for modern companies. You will build skills in information technology, communications, and critical thinking.

The program provides learning opportunities to introduce, develop, and reinforce skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement in the 21st Century. Business Technology certificates and degrees at WVU Parkersburg focus on reinforcing academic, business, technology skills and attitudes required for starting your career, improving skills for your current job, or advancing to a higher-level position

 

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Pathways to success in Business Technology. You can start with a one-year certificate, move on to a two-year degree and finally complete a four-year degree with this program.

    1. One-Year Certificate: Start with a one-year Certificate of Applied Science in Business Technology (CAS) to build basic skills. Take 15 hours each semester and follow the academic map to complete the certificate in two semesters.
    2. Two-Year Associate: Add two semesters to the certificate to complete the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in BTEC and prepare for more complex office management jobs.
    3. Four-Year Bachelor: Add four more semesters after the associate degree to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration (BASBA) with a Business Information Technology (BIT) concentration. With the BASBA BIT, you will be ready to hire, train, and supervise other employees and be responsible for creating communications for internal and external distribution.

Online Program. You may complete the CAS and AAS entirely online or come to the college to take the general education courses face-to-face then transition into the online business technology courses. Taking skill courses online requires a strong commitment to time management. All Business Technology courses are available online.

Learning Outcomes. The academic map for your program is designed to help you use best practices for excelling on each of the outcomes. To find out how well students have learned the outcomes, assessment projects exams will be required in various courses during the program.

Capstone Courses: At the end of the AAS in Business Technology and the BASBA, you will complete a capstone course that is designed to get you ready for the job market. You will prepare your resume and explore the job search process. You will learn how to be a productive employee and the “soft skills” such as human relations, workplace enhancement, and self management that are required for success.

Graduation Requirements:

Certificate of Applied Science in Business Technology Graduation Requirements:

  • Complete 30 credit hours in courses outlined.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all General Education Foundation courses required for the degree.
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.25 overall in all courses included in the Common Professional Component (CPC) Business Core  (See Grade Point Average – Common Professional Core box above.)
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.5 in all courses included in area of concentration.  (See Grade Point Average – CAS Specialization Courses box above.)
  • Residency Requirement:  Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at WVU Parkersburg, 12 of which must be business courses.
  • Complete application for graduation, pay graduation fee, and file application in OLSIS prior to stated deadline.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Technology Graduation Requirements: 

  • Complete 60 credit hour from the AAS Business Administration curriculum.
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all general education course requirements.
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.25 in all Business Common Professional Component (CPC) courses. (See MyDegree for listing.)
  • Maintain a grade of C or better in each Business Technology (BTEC) course.
  • Maintain a grade of C or better in GBUS 202 Business Communication.
  • Maintain minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the area of concentration.  (See MyDegree for listing.)
  • Residency Requirement:  Complete at least 16 credit hours at WVU at Parkersburg.
  • Complete application for graduation, pay graduation fee, and file application in OLSIS prior to stated deadline.

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Careers within Business Technology provide job opportunities in a variety of business career positions. According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, demand for secretaries and office managers is expected to grow about 3 percent between 2014-2024.

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information. Careers in Business Technology can be exciting, rewarding, and offer a lifetime of fulfillment.

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