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Business Information Worker, Certificate of Specialization

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Banner Code: 1_CE_CSOA

Not Financial Aid Eligible

Completion of this certificate, issued through the Business and Computing Division, will prepare students for entry-level employment in business environments using Microsoft Office Applications. All courses must be completed at Orange Coast College.

Program Outcomes

  1. Use a computer operating system and computer applications for word processing, electronic spreadsheet creation, database management, multimedia presentations, and electronic personal management with competence.
  2. Achieve personal development and responsibility for entering the job market

Certificate of Specialization Requirements

The Certificate of Specialization is a locally approved career program that requires sixteen units or fewer units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
BUS A138Business English3
CIS A090Beginning Computer Keyboarding 11.5
CIS A091Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy1.5
CIS A092Beginning Computer Keyboarding 21.5
CIS A100Introduction to Computer Applications3
CIS/BUS A134Excel 12
CIS A137Microsoft Outlook2
CIS A149Office Procedures2
Total Units16.5

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
BUS A138 Business English 3
CIS A090 Beginning Computer Keyboarding 1 1.5
CIS A100 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
CIS A134
Excel 1
or Excel 1
Semester 2
CIS A091 Keyboarding Speed and Accuracy 1 1.5
CIS A092 Beginning Computer Keyboarding 2 1.5
CIS A137 Microsoft Outlook 2
CIS A149 Office Procedures 2
 Total Units16.5