Catalog 2023-2024 
    Apr 19, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024


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Applied Technology & Trades Center, Room 309C, (970) 339-6244

Program Chair:

Ellen Swieter, (970) 339-6522

Advisors and Faculty:

Sue Ehfurth, (970) 339-6682; Advises all Business Technology majors.

Jennifer Markiewicz, (970) 378-3649, 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 Degree with Designation (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.

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 teambuilding, 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

Efrain Cano, Weld County Department of Human Services  

JoEll Matthews, University High School

Dave Ruppelt, Robert Half

Aleta Wagner-Lowe, Colorado State University


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