About the Computer Information Systems Program
A Career in Computer Information Systems Adds Up to More than 1s and 0s
Technology and greater access to information via the Internet have completely changed
the way we communicate, consume content and do business both on domestic and international
fronts. With continued technological advances comes the need for a highly skilled
workforce with an aptitude in a variety of software applications.
Business applications are critical for office skills, financial record management,
project management, database management, marketing, customer relationship management,
resource management and communication on a variety of platforms. Web design applications
create professional, engaging websites.
Depending on your career goals, select the application's classes for developing the
skills you need. With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format
that works for you.
Find the path that fits your personal ne eds and professional goals:
Degrees and Certificates
Associate in Science Degree - Business Information Worker 2
18 units + General Education Requirements
Certificate of Achievement - Business Information Worker 2
The Business Information Worker 2 (BIW-2) program builds on the BIW 1 foundation.
The program provides students with additional skills in PowerPoint, QuickBooks, records
management, and collaboration software. Graduates of this second stage in the BIW
pathway program will be prepared to meet the workforce demands of today’s business
environments such as office, business, and executive administrative support; office
supervision/coordination; small business support; retail sales; and customer service.
Students completing the BIW pathway will be equipped to take multiple Microsoft Office
Specialist credentials exams and become a QuickBooks certified user.
Associate in Science Degree - Computer Business Applications
30 units + General Education Requirements
Certificate of Achievement - Computer Business Applications
The core of the Computer Business Applications program provides advanced computer
skills and business concepts that can be applied in nearly every industry. Students
will learn to use Microsoft Office products and other computer software applications
that can be applied in business situations to create, edit, format, and publish documents,
spreadsheets, presentations, and databases.
Within the Computer Business Applications Certificate program, students can select
from three specializations:
- Social Media Specialist students will be introduced to the finer points of the most
popular social media applications, including search engine optimization, HTML, and
- Office Finance Specialist students will develop the skills necessary to handle basic
accounting and bookkeeping procedures for small businesses.
- Microsoft Office Specialist students will develop additional expertise in each of
the Microsoft Office applications. This specialization assists in preparation for
the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams.
Certificate of Achievement - Business Information Worker 1
The Business Information Worker 1 (BIW-1) program prepares students for entry-level
office and administrative support in a variety of job positions, including general
office clerks, retail salespersons, customer service representatives, receptionists,
and information clerks. Students learn basic oral and written communications, basic
computer application skills, including beginning Excel, Word, and Outlook, and the
fundamentals of computer systems. Graduates of this program bring critical thinking
and problem-solving skills as well as interpersonal skills essential to the workplace.
With a solid foundation in Microsoft Windows and Office, as well as strong digital
and web literacy skills, students will be prepared to meet the workforce demands of
today's business environment.
Certificate of Achievement - QuickBooks Virtual Enterprise
The QuickBooks Virtual Enterprise certificate prepares students with specific skills
to become QuickBooks ProAdvisor. This program provides students with the skill set
to support small businesses with the setup and customization of their QuickBooks to
meet the company's needs, train company employees on how to use the QuickBooks features,
and provide assistance with small routine bookkeeping tasks.
Certificate of Achievement - Social Media Assistant
Social media has revolutionized the way businesses interact with consumers. This program
is designed to give students an understanding of the concepts involved in marketing
and the role social media plays in advertising, public relations, branding, and corporate
communication strategies. Students will gain practical skills and learn the latest
technical tools in social media through various projects and other assignments.
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