Computer Business Applications

Mastering Windows. Opening Doors.

Everyone checks “Yes” under the “Computer Proficiency” section on a résumé. But in the real world, the difference between “proficient” and “prepared” in a Career Education.

Succeeding in a modern business career is as much about confidence as it is about competence. That’s why the Computer Business Applications (CBA) program at Golden West College teaches a full range of state-of-the-art technology application courses, relevant to business careers in almost every industry.

Coursework in this department covers everything from fundamental business and communications skills to specific proficiencies in Microsoft Office applications like Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. The program is designed to lay a broad foundation for professional success in public, private, governmental, educational, health, manufacturing, and industrial employment environments that rely on state-of-the-art computer technology.

The CBA program at Golden West College utilizes Microsoft Certified Application Specialist-approved courseware, allowing students to achieve national certification at the Core and Expert levels. Golden West College is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy, employing specific curriculum to further reinforce skills relevant to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification.

Program Details

Computer Business Applications Degrees & Certificates

A Certificate or Associate degree in Business Administration is your ticket to bold opportunities in this burgeoning field. Golden West College is proud to offer two Associate degrees and three Certificates of Achievement in this field:

  • Computer Business Applications — Associate in Arts (AA) Degree, Certificate of Achievement:
    The Computer Business Application major sets a foundation for career success by covering key concepts around computer literacy. Students will learn how to effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the Windows environment, work with hardware and printers, compose various business documents, and much more. Successful completion of this program prepares students for the Core level of the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams (MOS), and the expert level MOS for Word.
  • Business Information Worker I – Certificate of Competency; Noncredit Certificate:
    This certificate pathway is designed to prepare students for entry- level employment in a variety of business environments. Coursework covers critical knowledge and skills demanded in today’s workplace, including: keyboarding proficiency, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, Information Systems basics, business communications, and human relations/customer service. With a solid foundation in Microsoft Windows and Office, as well as digital and web literacy skills, the Business Information Worker brings efficiency and productivity to the workplace.
  • Microsoft Office – Certificate of Specialization:
    Graduates of this certificate program gain the tools to launch an business career with a comprehensive working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite. Students who have obtained this certificate demonstrate a variety of critical tasks, including composing correspondence, creating spreadsheets, managing databases, and creating presentations. Successful completion of this certificate will help students prepare for and pass the Microsoft Office Specialist exams. This certificate of specialization also represents a stepping stone for students wishing to continue toward the Computer Business Applications Certificate of Achievement.
  • For additional program details, see the Computer Business Applications Program Main Page or the Golden West College Catalog.

Why Golden West College?
  • • Our knowledgeable and accessible faculty are chosen for their real-world industry experience. This ensures that Computer Business Applications students learn the latest in software, technology and industry philosophy.
  • Golden West Cares! GWC is an energetic and welcoming community of learning, committed to supporting your higher education aspirations. Learn more about Golden West College’s student services and support resources by clicking here.
Golden Opportunities in Computer Business Applications

Because virtually every office in Orange County relies on the Microsoft Windows environment and MS Office suite of programs, skills in this field create a critical baseline for career success. As one of O-NET Online’s “Bright Outlook” occupations, opportunities for Office administrators and clerks are expected to increase faster than the national rate for all career sectors.

Golden West College Computer Business Applications grads are earning great salaries, in these positions and more!

  • Administrative Clerk
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Administrative Director
  • Administrative Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Administrative Director
  • Administrative Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Administrative Specialist
  • Business Administrator
  • Business Manager
  • Clerical Aide
  • Clerk
  • Facilities Manager
  • General Clerk
  • Office Assistant
  • Office Clerk
  • Office Coordinator
  • Office Manager
  • Office Services Specialist
  • Office Support Assistant
  • Sales Representative
  • Spreadsheet Technician
Affording the Opportunity

Golden West College is proud to provide excellent-quality Career Education at a low cost. Our goal is to remain accessible to ALL community members seeking to enrich their future.

Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents.

Information on College Service Charge and additional fees available at:
http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/register/.

For Financial Aid information or to find out if you are eligible for Free Tuition through our
Golden Promise Program, visit http://www.goldenwestcollege.edu/goldenpromise/.

Future BUILT Support

Golden West College is committed to providing students with affordable, accessible Career Education pathways, along with responsive staff to assist and guide you on your way!
 

  • Career and Employment Center:
    GWC’s Career Center is a hub for services related to the career development needs of students and the general public. Our friendly staff can assist you in exploring career fields with a comprehensive library of up-to-date, computerized and published resources.
  • Learning Resource Center:
    Featuring facilities and materials for general assistance in math, reading, writing, and more, GWC’s Learning Resource Center is a one-stop destination for student support. Take advantage of tutoring services, computer lab access, library resources, and more!
  • Special Programs:
    Golden West hosts a variety of career-oriented programs and services, including CalWORKS, Cooperative Work Experience (CWE), and many others.
  • Advising and Counseling:
    Make sure you’re in the right classes… and on the right course! GWC’s Planning and Guidance Services cover a broad range of student needs, including degree advising, career counseling, and transfer assistance.
  • Special Programs:
    Golden West College is committed to assisting our underserved and challenged students in any way possible. GWC offers specific resources for DACA students, Former Foster Youth, students requiring Basic Needs Assistance, and more.
Gainful Employment Information

For more information regarding the Computer Business Applications program costs and employment outcome averages, click here.

Program Learning Outcomes

Business Information Worker I – Certificate of Achievement:

  • Effectively communicate using basic oral and written methods.
  • Utilize basic computer application skills to create documents and forms, organize various types of files, and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrate basic computer literacy to protect, support, and maintain office data files.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to bring value and facilitate to customer service successfully.

Business Information Worker I, Part 1:

  • Communicate effectively using basic oral and written methods.
  • Demonstrate basic computer literacy to operate, maintain, protect, and support data files.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to facilitate customer service and bring value to an organization.
  • Utilize computer application software to create, edit, and organize various documents, forms, spreadsheets, and other file types.

Business Information Worker I, Part 2:

  • Communicate effectively using basic oral and written methods.
  • Demonstrate basic computer literacy to operate, maintain, protect, and support data files.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to facilitate customer service and bring value to an organization.
  • Utilize computer application software to create, edit, and organize various documents, forms, spreadsheets, and other file types.

Certified Business Professional: CPS/CAP Certificate Holders Option – Associate in Arts:

  • Describe the dynamics of the systems life cycle in order to communicate and troubleshoot with information technology professionals from analyzing information systems requirements to the ongoing maintenance and security phases of the internet worked enterprise.
  • Develop procurement principles for furniture, equipment, and supply acquisition to ensure quality, to control costs, and to ensure that new technology and ergonomics standards are incorporated into the work environment.
  • Identify and describe the key terms used in computer hardware, systems, and configuration; in document layout and design; in software; and in management of physical resources such as work area use, maintenance, and ergonomics.
  • Explain the management of information throughout the records cycle and including security, integrity, and confidentiality.

Certified Business Professional: Professional Legal Secretary Certificate Holders Option – Associate in Arts:

  • Effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the windows environment, and work with hardware, printers, and various software applications.
  • Analyze and record business transactions in ledger account form and post to a general ledger; and/or prepare accounting forms and statements, such as income statements and balance sheets.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Outline the philosophical foundations, sources, and trends of American law; demonstrate a general understanding of the basic legal rights and duties involved in the areas of substantive law.

Computer Business Applications – Associate in Arts:

  • Identify and describe terminology relating to the operation of the computer; and effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the windows environment, work with hardware, printers, and various software.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Manage large workbooks; use advanced sorting and filtering techniques; and create charts, diagrams, and templates in EXCEL.
  • Compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums.

Computer Business Applications – Certificate of Achievement:

  • Effectively use a computer to process data, manage folders and files, customize the Windows environment, work with hardware, printers, and various software.
  • Analyze spreadsheet data and create charts and graphs.
  • Compose various business documents, such as letters, reports, manuscripts, and memorandums.
  • Create and manage a database.

Microsoft Office – Certificate of Specialization:

  • Learning Outcome
  • Describe how the Internet works.
  • Describe the differences between operating system software and application software.
  • Identify and describe the basics of the Windows operating system.
  • Compose, send, and manage incoming e-mail messages.
  • Create, edit, and format documents using MS Word.
  • Create and construct worksheets using formulas and functions and inserting charts using MS Excel.
  • Create tables, queries, forms, and reports using MS Access.
  • Create, edit, and format a presentation and apply transitions using MS PowerPoint.

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Average Salary in this Field

$24,438 –
$45,823

Careers in this Field

Office Manager
Administrative Director
Sales Representative

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Orange County industry depends on Future BUILT professionals with the next-level knowledge and skills learned in Golden West College’s Career Education programs.
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