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Academic Year: 2020-2021

Administrative Professional Associate DegreeProgram Code 101066

Administrative Professional students learn to be efficient and effective office employees through application of business procedures--proofreading, telephone usage, records management, meeting and travel arrangements, communication, and project management. Students learn integrated, advanced software skills including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, personal information management, and databases.

Average Starting Salary

$29,555.00FT Median Annual Wage
88%

Graduate Employment

With 88% Employed in Field

Locations

Offered at all campuses and regional centers

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
. Office Professional, 311061
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
. Business Professional Essentials, 611061
. Business Software Essentials, 611062

Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Administrative Professional Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-106-153 PROFESSIONAL PROFILE ...developing a professional image and attitude, including study of business ethics and etiquette; goal setting; anger, stress, and time management; understanding of diverse cultures; and development of platform skills.
10-106-114 KEYBOARDING-SPEED BUILDING ...typing skill and speed development on the alphabetic and numeric keyboards using analytic/diagnostic software. Basic document processing.
10-103-121 MICRO: WORD-INTRODUCTION ...word processing basics including creating, revising, formatting, printing; sections, tabs, multiple-page numbering; manipulating text; creating headers/footers; creating/formatting tables, graphics; and merging documents.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-106-131 BUSINESS ENGLISH ESSENTIALS ...develop grammar and proofreading skills to communicate professionally in writing. Focuses on the development of grammar, word usage, and punctuation, in order to compose and edit error-free business documents. (Corequisite: Admitted into the Administrative Professionals program OR admitted into the Health Office Professional program, OR admitted into the Office Professional program.)
10-106-102 OFFICE TECHNOLOGIES...an introduction to the information processing cycle including new technology, computer system unit, Internet research, input and output devices, software, networks, ergonomics, and data storage.
10-103-161 OUTLOOK ...create and organize E-mail, schedule meetings, create tasks, and manage contacts.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: High school GPA greater/equal to 2.6; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 18; OR Next Gen Reading score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 260; OR "preparatory course(s)", contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-106-142 SOFTWARE PROJECTS ...applying Windows and Word features to manage and format business documents while exercising decision-making, increasing efficiency, and enhancing keyboarding skills. Windows, advanced Word, and minimum 45 wpm is highly recommended. (Prerequisite: 10-106-114, Keyboard-Speed Building; Corequisite: 10-103-122, Micro: Word-Part 2)
10-106-172 CUSTOMER CONTACT SKILLS...a hands-on approach to dealing with customers on the phone and in-person. Students will develop effective and efficient telephone etiquette, messaging, and voicemail skills.
10-103-122 MICRO: WORD-PART 2 ...advanced word processing features including working with headers/footers, inserting quick parts, themes, styles, sort and select; footnotes/endnotes, images, shapes, shared documents; specialized tables and indexes; forms; and sharing data. (Corequisite: 10-103-121, Micro: Word-Intro)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arith score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 567; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-106-127 ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS PROCEDURES...explore the role and responsibility of an administrative assistant. Use effective written and verbal communication to create agendas, take meeting minutes, itineraries, letters, e-mails, and other business documents. (Prerequisites: 10-106-131, Business English Essentials; 10-103-161 Outlook; Corequisite: 10-106-142, Software Projects)
10-106-154 RECORDS MANAGEMENT ...major systems of filing classification: alphabetic, numeric, geographic and subject; retention and disposition of records; records equipment and technology.
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
10-103-151 MICRO: POWERPOINT-INTRODUCTION ...presentation skills using: graphics, diagrams, design themes, sounds, animations, slide transitions, and integration with other software. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics. (Corequisite: 10-103-121, Micro: Word-Intro)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-106-162 MEETING AND EVENT MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS...Plan successful meetings and events utilizing planning tools, expense management, contracts, vendors, and travel while communicating effectively with all stakeholders. (Prerequisite: 10-106-127, Administrative Business Procedures OR 10-102-158, Business Principles)
10-103-132 MICRO: EXCEL-PART 2 ...advanced formatting techniques and functions, working with templates, collaborating with multiple Excel users, creating macros, Excel's database features and analysis tools. (Corequisite: 10-103-131, Micro: Excel-Intro)
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview, evaluate outcomes of interview, and prepare for Career Experience. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)
10-103-141 MICRO: ACCESS-INTRODUCTION ...creating/modifying database tables, compacting a database, managing records, defining table relationships, creating queries, calculations, and aggregate functions, sorting, and using form/report wizards. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with ā€œCā€ or better)
10-101-103 ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES-APPLIED ...the accounting fundamentals, recording of business transactions, preparation of financial statements, accrual accounting, accounting for service enterprises and merchandising businesses, payroll, and use of Quickbooks software.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-106-125 SKILLS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP ...understanding of leadership, collaboration, quality management, utilization of data in decision-making, and introduction to software applications utilized in project management. (Prerequisites:10-106-127, Administrative Business Procedures; 10-106-153, Professional Profile)
10-106-199 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL CAREER EXPERIENCE...Students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related, or International. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation; 10-106-127, Administrative Business Procedures)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-106-175 AP BUSINESS SIMULATION...apply skills obtained throughout Administrative Professional program courses in a simulated business environment. (Prerequisites: 10-106-142, Software Projects; 10-106-127, Administrative Business Procedures; 10-103-132, Excel Pt. 2; 10-103-151, PowerPoint Intro; 10-103-141, Access Intro)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
TOTAL CREDITS
61
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition 1 to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

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