How long does it take to complete the program?
The Business Computer Office Management certificate can be completed in three semesters. Requirements for the associate’s degree can be completed during the summer or in an additional semester.
What do graduates of the program do?
Graduates of this program are prepared to work in any business. Every business requires the help of an administrative assistant. The opportunities are unlimited. The United States Department of Labor projects that employment in this profession is projected to grow. Job opportunities are excellent because of the need for new employees and attrition.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median salary for Office Professional is $27,450 and for the Office Professional Specialist is $28,090. Local salaries will vary.
Can I work and still attend school?
Many of our students attend school and work. Many employers are willing to schedule work around the schedule of the student. Most of our classes meet in the mornings but the schedule does vary from one semester to another.
Do I have to take all of the courses or can I take a lighter load?
If you wish to complete the certificate in three semesters, you need to take a full load. The courses are arranged so that they fit together when you take a full load. If you take a partial load, it will take you four or five semesters to complete the program.
How do I get started?
Look on the first page of the Kilgore College website and read the Registration Guide and complete all of the items. Call the Business Computer Office Management director at (903) 236-2010 if you have any questions.
What certification tests are offered?
We offer certification tests in Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. We also offer WorkKeys assessments in Reading for Information, Locating Information and Math Applications.
I have taken other courses at another school. Can I transfer those credits?
Kilgore College will accept courses from another institution. The state of Texas has a unified numbering system for courses so that transfer of credits is easy.
How can I find out if I'm qualified for financial aid?
Contact the Kilgore College Financial Aid office at (903) 983-8211.
Will you help me find a job upon graduation?
We will help you put together your portfolio which includes preparing your resume’ and your references. We also work on interviewing. We will give you all of the skills that you need to find a job..
I am an older student and I'm afraid to make this step. Can you help me?
At least half of our classes are comprised of students who are retraining. The older students do very well because they have been in the workforce and they understand the need to study. Many of them express the same doubts but they do very well.
Do you have a Medical Business Computer Office Management program?
All of the skills in the program are essential in any medical office. In the third semester of training, we cover communications and advanced concepts in Microsoft Word, medical terminology and medical administrative procedures (which includes training in billing and setting appointments).
How can I do all of the work if I do not have a computer at home?
We have a room that is a designated lab for BCOM students to complete their work.