JOB GIANT ARTICLE: BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY –
LINDA SNIDER, BOT COORDINATOR-GROSSMONT COLLEGE
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The relationship between your education
and what's normally required for a job usually affects an employee’s
pay. In the long run, the more quality education and training a
prospective worker possesses, the greater the chance of earning a
At Grossmont College, the Business Office Technology (BOT)
department offers a variety of two-year degrees and certificate
programs. This curriculum prepares students for employment and
advancement in today’s technologically-intensive office. Careers
include: Office Coordinator, Budget Manager, Event Coordinator,
Quality Controller, Account Clerk, Human Resources Analyst, Legal
Assistant, and Desktop Publishing Specialist.
These certificates are designed to accommodate a variety of needs
and career paths. In addition to traditional office skills,
students acquire proficiency in using computers and current software
(Microsoft Office 2003—the 2007 version is slated to begin in spring
2008) to perform a variety of essential administrative functions.
Graduates of the department will be prepared to work with management
in all types of business environments. For those students working
toward a degree, they can be earning certificates of achievement,
whereas those taking a few courses in a short semester (16 weeks)
can be awarded a certificate of proficiency. Degrees include
Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant. Administrative
and Executive Assistants comprise one of the largest job categories
locally and nationally, and the BOT department offers several areas
of study related to these job categories. The more popular
certificates include: Account Clerk, Virtual Assistant, Healthcare
Documentation (formerly known as Medical Transcription), Office
Professional, and Software Specialist.
The BOT computer flex lab
offers an open entry/open exit environment in which students can
select from a variety of courses ranging from basic keyboarding to
comprehensive level hands-on applications. Learners arrange their
schedules based on personal calendars, putting in a minimum number
of hours weekly. .
Additionally, online and
hybrid (blended) courses exist for alternative educational delivery
modes. Online learning is strictly web (no face-to-face), whereas
the hybrid class meets several times on-campus during the semester.
Instructor-led courses are also available. The fall schedule is
www.grossmont.edu/schedule/. One can apply and enroll online.
School begins Monday, January 28.
The Office Professional
Training (OPT) program offers free (for those who qualify),
intensive training for 20 weeks, starting July 30. OPT provides the
choice of three tracks: accounting, insurance and general office
support. Students enroll in units related to keyboarding, office
procedures, filing, Outlook, MS Office Word and Excel, Business
English, and job search strategies.
OPT graduates benefit from job placement and internship
opportunities upon successful completion of certificate
requirements. Entry-level employment wages range from $10-15/hour,
depending on the location and the job duties. CalWORKs recipients
are encouraged to apply by contacting the OPT office at: 619-644-7247.
For further details, please visit the website:
To learn more about careers in the Business Office Technology area,
view the department website:
www.grossmont.edu/bot or call Linda Snider, BOT Coordinator,
at 619-644-7816 or email:
Linda Snider is the BOT Coordinator/Assistant Professor at Grossmont