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What You Missed on Facebook, Instagram & More in November

image of hands raised in the airWe shared all kinds of great information this month on social media. Here’s what you might have missed:

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Let the BOSS Hone Your Business Office Skills

photo of Smiling businesswoman at computerLearn 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.

Faculty Profiles

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.

Contact Us

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.

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Student Success Story: Cathy McKinney

photo of Cathy McKinney“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?

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We Have Degrees for the 25 Best Jobs of 2012

The 25 best jobs of 2012, according to U.S. News & World Report cover a range of industries, with half in health care or technology. DCCCD offers the degrees and certificates you would need for 19 of the 25 best jobs.

The 25 Best Jobs (and the DCCCD programs that go with them):

  1. Registered nurse (Nursing)
  2. Software developer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  3. Pharmacist (Pharmacy Technician)
  4. Medical assistant (Medical Assisting)
  5. Database administrator (Computer Information Technology – Programming)
  6. Web developer (Computer Information Technology – Web/Internet Services, Internet Development Technologies)
  7. Computer systems analyst (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Digital Forensics)
  8. Physical therapist
  9. Computer programmer (Computer Information Technology – Programming, Internet Development Technologies)
  10. Occupational therapist
  11. Maintenance and repair worker (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Welding)
  12. Elementary school teacher (Child Development, Education-Related Degrees)
  13. Clinical laboratory technician (Medical Laboratory Technician)
  14. Speech-language pathologist
  15. Paramedic (EMS/Paramedic)
  16. Meeting, convention and event planner (Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management)
  17. School counselor
  18. Social worker (Social Work, Substance Abuse Counseling)
  19. Sports coach
  20. Sales representative (Business Administration, Marketing Careers)
  21. Accountant (Accounting)
  22. Receptionist (Business Office Systems and Support, Medical Front Office)
  23. Financial advisor (Accounting)
  24. Customer service representative (Business Office Systems and Support, Medical Front Office)
  25. HR specialist


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Get the Scoop About Hot Occupations

Learn about hot career fieldsEven 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.

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Skilled Office Workers Are Always Needed

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/.

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