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College Catalog: Administrative and Office Support: Word Processing Technician

Program: Word Processing Technician
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-298-13
Length: 29 credit hours

The program is designed for both part-time and full-time students, and may be completed in 2-3 semesters dependent upon student class load.

Program Head: Joe Edenfield

Purpose: This program is designed for persons seeking employment in the word processing field or for those presently in business who desire to increase their knowledge or update their skills.

Occupational Objectives: Occupations for which this program prepares students include: Computer Operator, Office Service Trainee, Word Processing Technician, Word Processing Trainee, Related Computer Occupations.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the program, graduates will have the skills necessary to perform entry level word processing tasks.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, entry into the Word Processing Technician Career Studies Certificate requires proficiency in basic arithmetic and English. Students who are not proficient in these subjects will be required to take developmental courses.

To enter the Word Processing Technician Career Studies Certificate program, students must have completed AST 101 or have the equivalent keyboarding skills. Students must demonstrate proficiency in AST 101 by taking and passing the AST 101 Credit-by-Examination with a minimum grade of “B” or by enrolling in the course.

Program Requirements: The curriculum in Word Processing Technician Career Studies Certificate combines instruction in the areas required for competence as an entry-level employee in business, government, and other organizations. Candidates for the Word Processing Technician Career Studies Certificate must successfully complete all required courses and must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all AST and ITE courses.

Word Processing Technician (221-298-13)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
Semester 1
AST 102 Keyboarding II 4
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
AST Elective1 1
AST Elective1 1
AST Elective1 1
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
ITE 115 Basic Computer Literacy 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 2
AST 113 Keyboarding for Speed/Accuracy 1
AST 205 Business Communications 3
AST 236 Specialized Software Applications 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software or ITE 215 Adv. Computer Applications 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Total Program Credits 29
1. The one-credit AST Electives must be selected from any of the AST one-credit courses.