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Business, Management & Technology

Are you good at math? Do you enjoy working with others? Do you have leadership qualities? Can you pick up computer applications easily? Then a career in this pathway might be for you.

Careers in this pathway of study are related to accounting, business administration, finance, information processing and marketing. These may include business planning, financial analysis, corporate management, statistical analysis and sales

BC Programs - Business Education

Administrative Office Assistant

The Administrative Office concentrations are programs designed to equip students with the skills and competencies needed to be an efficient, productive member of an office support team. Students will complete courses designed to help them learn to analyze and coordinate office duties and systems, develop proficiency in the use of integrated software, and improve oral and written communication. Emphasis is placed on non-technical as well as technical skills. Students will have the option of completing a certificate and/or a two-year degree.

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The Bookkeeping curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and the skills necessary for employment and growth in the accounting profession. Using the "language of business," accountants assemble and analyze, process and communicate essential information about financial operations.

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Business Administration

The desire of this department is to promote and enhance the economic development of the community; to provide for lifelong learning and academic excellence through course content, application, and technology; to serve diverse populations with a sense of worth and dignity; to establish work ethics relative to a positive work environment; to meet workforce needs in the workplace through skills development, training, and personal growth; to be quality driven; and to communicate a sense of vision and renewal through a creative utilization of productive and innovative resources.

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California Real Estate

The Real Estate courses offered are recognized by the State of California and accepted as prerequisites for the students to sit for their licensing examinations. These courses are also available for continuing education credits. Upon completion of these courses, the students will have the knowledge to allow them to comply with real estate practice standards imposed by the Real Estate License Law and Commission rules for the State of California.

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General Management

The management curriculum is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary for success as a manager in today's demanding organizational climate. The program is of benefit to the man or woman who aspires to a first-level or higher management position in any organization, including, business, government, or service organizations.

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General Sales

The purpose of this career program is to provide basic knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field of sales. This program is designed for students to begin careers in sales either retail or outside sales positions.

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The Marketing Program provides students with knowledge, techniques and perspectives relating to the theory and practice of marketing, business, and public organizations. Specialized courses in marketing, sales, advertising, and related business disciplines enable students to think critically, creatively, and strategically, from an ethical perspective, when promoting their organizations in today's globally integrated economy. BC's Marketing Program helps students to develop a strong understanding of the techniques used in successful business marketing. That training starts with a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice in contemporary marketplaces. The curriculum includes specialized courses in marketing, sales and advertising. It also provides students with the ability to think critically and creatively - as well as ethically - in today's growing global economy.

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Retail Management

The Western Association of Food Chains is pleased to announce the new WAFC Retail Management Certificate Program, a 10-course college-level program that has been fully endorsed by the Western Association of Food Chains and its member companies. The certificate's curriculum was developed out of a collaborative effort between several food industry and college professionals and encompasses several business essentials, including the "soft skills" of management and communication required for career success in the retail food industry.

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BC Programs - Computer Science

Computer Programming

Programming is a very challenging and interesting profession for anyone who enjoys figuring out solutions to complex problems. Bakersfield College's Computer Studies Department offers three degree and transfer programs in the area of computer programming: AA in Computer Information Systems, AS in Computer Information Systems and AS in Computer Science.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology is one of the fastest growing computer fields worldwide, finding its way into nearly every walk of life and using geography as a basis to analyze and display information. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query as statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps. Bakersfield College offers several classes in GIS, as well as a certificate program.

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Our computer networking and technical courses will help you get a great job in the ever-changing LAN, WAN and computer technical support sectors. You'll find courses in designing, installing, administering and troubleshooting small to large networks, as well as courses on building and repairing computers. We offer courses that will help you acquire industry-recognized certification for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Linux, Network+ and A+.

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Office Applications

The Office Applications courses are designed to prepare the student to specialize in office applications, which include the Microsoft Office Suite. All students should have instruction in microcomputer applications so that they will be successful in using the software in personal and business situations. The Computer Studies Department at Bakersfield College offers a variety of courses, including introductory and advance Microsoft Office Applications, as well as other frequently used office software tools.

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Web Development

The Computer Studies Department at Bakersfield College offers a wide range of Web Development courses, as well as Associates in Science degree in Web Development. Web Development is one of the fastest growing professions in computing and technology. Our web development courses include introductory courses in HTML and web design, as well as courses in database-driven web sites, dynamic HTML, and other dynamic web site technologies.

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BC Department Websites

Computer Studies Department

To further explore career possibilities in this career pathway, try these sites:

Building, Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance
Business and Financial Operations
Office and Administrative Support
Sales and Related

Professional Associations

If an association has a website, you may find the information you need there. You may also write to request helpful career information. Be sure to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-8775
Phone: 212.596.6200
Publications: Multiple Publications. Catalog Available.

American Society of Women Accountants
National Headquarters
8405 Greensboro Drive Ste. 800
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 800.326.2163 / 703.506.3265
Publications: Membership information - Employment opportunities - Other Events

Automotive Service Association (ASA)
P. O. Box 929
Bedford, TX 76095-0929
Phone: 817.283.6205
Publications: Monthly Journal. Monthly Newsletter. Pamphlets.

Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE)
P.O. Box EA-34070
San Diego, CA 92163-4070
Phone: 619.239.1401
Publications: Guide Books.
National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA)
7501 Murdoch Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: 314.781.6688
Publications: Quarterly Newsletter. Membership Directory. Workbooks. Technical Manual. Free pamphlet.

California Association
Southern California Chapter of The Appraisal Institute
2609 Honolulu Ave., Ste. 202
Montrose, CA 91020-1710
Phone: 818.957.5111
Publications: Employment Bulletin. Bimonthly Newsletter.

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