2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Applied Technology & Trades Center, Room 309C, 970.339.6252

Program Chair:

Ellen Swieter, 970.339.6522

Advisors and Faculty:

Sue Ehfurth, 970.339.6682; Advises all Business Technology majors.

Ellen Swieter, 970.339.6522; Fort Lupton advising hours are available. Advises all Business Transfer students.

Degrees/Certificates offered:

Business Transfer Statewide Articulation Agreement (two-year A.A. degree)

Administrative Assistant (two-year A.A.S. degree)

Advanced Office Specialist (two-semester certificate)

Business Technology Certificate (three-semester certificate)

Multimedia Presentation Skill Enhancement (one-semester certificate)

Word Processing Skill Enhancement (two-semester certificate)

Note: Each course required for a particular certificate must be passed with a grade of A or B to qualify for the Skill Enhancement Certificate. These courses may have prerequisites which must be completed before enrollment.

 Essential Skills:

  • Visual Acuity
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Ability to Communication, Comprehend, Read, and Write English
  • Behavioral Stability
  • Cognitive Ability and Critical Thinking Skills

Learning Outcomes:  In the Business Technology Program:

  • The student should demonstrate the use of ethics to mange the office in an efficient manner.
  • The student should inspect, file, maintain, and retrieve both paper documents and electronic files.
  • The student should demonstrate proper document procedures related to security and confidentiality.
  • The student should prepare quality, professional business documents using appropriate software such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.
  • The student should demonstrate effective use and maintenance of office equipment, including, but not limited to: scanners, printers, cameras, photocopiers, etc.
  • The student should demonstrate the coordination, management, and orchestration of the daily functions in the office and demonstrate standard operating procedures.
  • The student should demonstrate team building, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, timeliness, and job-seeking skills.
  • The student should identify and demonstrate ways to motivate employees and coworkers by applying techniques to role plays, simulations, assignments, and discussions.
  • The student should demonstrate effective use of various electronic communication platforms including email.
  • The student should demonstrate flexibility, prioritizing skills, attention to detail (accuracy), proofreading, focus, ability to use resources, and the ability to process and promote change.
  • The student should produce and compile a variety of quality documents resulting in a professional business portfolio.
  • The student should make appropriate Business Technology recommendations based on a provided scenario.

Potential Opportunities: The A.A.S. and certificate programs in Business Technology are designed for persons interested in gaining skills and knowledge using state-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date technology. Employment opportunities include office settings in government, small business, banking, medical fields, real estate, insurance, law and the judicial legal system.

Students entering Aims Community College with high school credit in keyboarding, word processing, or bookkeeping may substitute other courses with the consent of their program advisor.

For the transfer student, several of the Business A.A.S. degrees are articulated with Franklin University or Regis University. Franklin’s and Regis’ Bachelor of Science in Business Administration allows students to complete junior and senior level courses through a combination of Aims coursework and on-line instruction through the University.

The Business Transfer Statewide Articulation Agreement, Associate of Arts degree, is designed for transfer to Colorado four-year business colleges.

Registration Requirement: All students taking a course or courses in a business program should meet with a business advisor before registering. 

General Education Requirements: A minimum of 15 credit hours of General Education Courses are required with advisor’s approval.

Business Technology Advisory Committee

 JoEll Matthews, University High School

 Dave Ruppelt, Rovert Half

Juanita Segura, Employment Services of Weld County

Aleta Wagner Love, Colorado State University


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