- Our fall #dcccdstyle tour of all seven colleges
- A DISD school was named for our chancellor
- Retro DCCCD/Throwback Thursday photos of our first board of trustees in 1968 and some fabulous furniture at Richland in 1972
- Lots of great info about Business Office Systems and Support (BOSS), our program of the month
- The chance to visit NASA
- The winner of our #instadcccd Instagram contest, Zac Waleed. (You also missed your chance to vote for the winner!)
- Student photos of El Centro’s Jackie Kennedy fashion exhibit, and North Lake students attending the Dallas Symphony’s JFK Memorial Concert
- The chance to cheer on Eastfield’s Lady Harvestors volleyball team
- A reminder that registration opened Nov. 19 for returning students and Nov. 25 for new students
- The chance to get college credit if you’re current or former military
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Learn the skills you need to work in any office: Get a degree or certificate through our Business Office Systems and Support (BOSS) program.
Do you have only a little computer experience? Or are you an experienced professional? Either way, the BOSS program has a place for you. You can learn basic keyboarding skills as well as the most in-demand software programs used in the workplace.
Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, North Lake and Richland colleges all have BOSS classes. You can earn an associate degree, several certificates or an achievement award. You can complete the degree in two years (possibly longer if you are working) and a certificate or award in as little as one semester.
See our Business Office Systems and Support program page for more information about degrees, certificates and awards.
A Real-World Learning Environment
Most BOSS courses are taught in a hands-on, computer lab environment. All of the courses for the certificates and degrees are available online. Students must complete one semester of cooperative education to earn their degree.
Our BOSS faculty members not only have advanced degrees, they also have real-world experience in business. That experience makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at your job. Our professors work with you one-on-one, helping you to apply new techniques to your job and to map career-enhancement strategies. See profiles of some of our BOSS faculty.
If the information on our website doesn’t answer all of your questions about the Business Office Systems and Support program, please feel free to contact us.
“I originally started the Office Technology [now Business Office Systems and Support] program with the intent of obtaining a better job in the workforce,” says Cathy McKinney.
“Because of the things I learned at North Lake College, I was able to land my first administrative assistant job at Parkland Hospital, where I discovered I enjoyed working in the medical field and really enjoyed the job. I went back to North Lake to update my Microsoft Office knowledge and earned an associate degree as an executive assistant, in hopes of obtaining an executive assistant position and furthering my career.”
McKinney eventually earned three associate degrees from North Lake College, as well as several certificates. Office work in the medical field became her career.
“I’d have to say the best thing about my DCCCD experience was the teachers, especially those in the Office Technology [BOSS] division at North Lake College,” she says. “They assisted me throughout my college career through thick and thin, and helped me get to where I am today.”
Could you be the next student success story?
Even with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.
With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.
By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:
- Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
- Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
- Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
- Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
- Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
- Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
- Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
- Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.
Do a Little Research
Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:
- Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
- Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
- Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
- Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
- Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.
And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.
Could you see yourself working in an office setting? Or are you an experienced office professional interested in advancing your career? Whether you need to develop basic keyboarding skills or want to boost your knowledge of the most in-demand software programs used in the workplace, DCCCD’s BOSS program can give you the training you need.
Six DCCCD colleges offer the BOSS program (short for Business Office Systems and Support). You can earn an associate degree, choose among three certificate options or take advantage of a new award that can prepare you to work in a health care setting.
Most BOSS courses are taught in a hands-on, computer-lab environment. We also offer convenient online courses and cooperative education classes that let you learn in a real office setting.
Learn more about the BOSS program today at http://www.dcccd.edu/Current%20Students/Courses%20and%20Programs/Programs/Bus/BOSS/.