Apr 15, 2024  
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2020-2021 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2020-2021 [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 these skills: keyboarding, electronic business math, word processing, records management, office procedures and writing techniques used in all types of business. 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:

  • Key by touch
  • 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 integrated business projects
  • Compose and transcribe business, medical and legal correspondence 
  • Demonstrate ethical business professionalism
  • 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 40 wpm (words per minute) for five minutes with four or fewer errors 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 need not meet this keyboarding competency. Students may take BT 103  twice 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 know that legal and medical offices often require criminal background checks.


    Certificate - Professional/TechnicalAssociate

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