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Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Technology

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The Business Technology (BT) program provides an interactive business and professional partnership to enhance student-centered education for career office opportunities that match business needs to student outcomes. Program faculty members constantly update curriculum and course offerings to meet student and industry needs. Bilingual degrees are also available. Most classes are offered daily in the classroom or in a combination of online and classroom; a few are offered entirely online.

While obtaining one of these degrees, students will learn the following skills: typing, ten-key electronic math, word processing, filing, office procedures, spelling, and English grammar. Teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and human relations are a focus of the program and are integrated into the curriculum.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Type by touch.
  • Use the 10-key appropriately to solve a variety of business-related math calculations.
  • Use Microsoft Word to prepare various documents to include correspondence, mail merge, tables, charts, and reports.
  • Use the Microsoft Office Suite to complete a variety of office tasks.
  • Compose and transcribe basic business correspondence using appropriate business English and spelling.
  • Demonstrate routine office procedures such as filing, answering the phone and taking messages, greeting customers, and customer service.
  • Apply appropriate soft skills related to teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and human relations.


To obtain a certificate or degree, students must earn at least a grade of C- (1.7) in all required classes. The degree or certificate will be awarded if the overall GPA for the required classes is a 2.0 (C) or higher. Courses taken outside the degree or certificate requirements are not considered in the 2.0 (C) GPA or C- (1.7) requirements.

Additionally, students must complete the keyboarding competency of 45 wpm (words per minute) for five minutes with four or fewer errors in order to be awarded an associate in applied science degree in BT. Students who do not meet the keyboarding competency will be eligible for a BT certificate. Certificate applicants do not need to meet this keyboarding competency. Students may take BT 103  twice in order to meet their competency.

All BT degree and certificate students should complete BT 100  before enrolling in their 21st credit toward a BT degree or certificate.

Students should be aware that legal and medical offices often require criminal background checks.


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