A student pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Application Specialist must complete the requirements for the general education core and the technology core. The student must then complete the requirements for the special track they have chosen. With the exceptional growth being experienced in the Eastern Panhandle, well-trained computer specialist support personnel are essential for business and industry. The Computer Application Specialist AAS degree provides students with the training needed for employment upon graduation.
The Executive Office track prepares students for careers in management support such as administrative assistants and office managers with an emphasis on computer skills, office technology and various computer applications. In addition to the core set of computer application courses, these students investigate Publication Design, Office Administration and Local Area Networking, as well as Business Law and Accounting courses. Students will also have the opportunity to complete additional courses in the Computer Application Specialist program as well as the Information Technology program.
The Internet Webmaster track will include the three courses that prepare students for the CIW: Certified Internet Webmaster certification which includes web page design, Internet foundations and site designer. Students will also have the opportunity to complete additional courses in the Computer Application Specialist program as well as the Information Technology program.
Students completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Application Specialist will understand and be able to demonstrate basic skills in writing, reading, math, and decision-making, basic desktop support skills, web page design skills, possess skills in business ethics, office management, and basic accounting procedures, possess skills in communication, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentations, publication design, and computerized accounting and successfully obtain employment within the ever-changing information technology field.