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    Introduction to Business Computer Applications
    IBCA is the first of two courses designed to provide students with basic computer application skills. Strong emphasis is placed in the areas of typing, hardware, software, and word processing and presentation applications. Students will demonstrate and possess basic computer and internet skills to help students be successful in today’s digital world. Students will be introduced to the basics of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Students will:

    (1) create, format, and edit documents in Microsoft Word
    (2) create, format, and edit their own PowerPoint presentations
    (3) create, manipulate and edit spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel .

    The Microsoft Office Specialist Program that students will use to get certified provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through our new project-based testing, giving students and professionals real-world exercises to appraise their understanding of Microsoft Office.

    Business Computer Applications
    BCA is a mixture of both Introduction to Business Computer Applications (listed above) and Digital Media (below). We continue our focus and Microsoft Office Specialist programs from IBCA and then get a preview of the Adobe Suite in Digital Media I.

    Digital Media I
    The Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification is the perfect way to recognize and inspire creativity in students. It allows students to approach tasks and projects in new ways, working out solutions they couldn't have seen before, and helping the teacher become involved with the student's creative process on a new level.

    I currently offer ACA certifications in the following areas: (1) Adobe Photoshop (2) Adobe Illustrator and (3) Adobe InDesign. Prove that you have the skills to work with multiple Adobe software applications. Earn three Adobe Certified Associate certifications and you will receive an ACA Specialist certificate for Video, Web or Visual Design. (PLEASE NOTE: The ACA certifications are valid for a 3-year period)

    ACA certification offers students a foundation for success by validating their digital skills. Students are able to take ACA practice tests before they attempt the actual certification exams. This will allow them to:

    (1) Accurately replicate a "live application" testing environment
    (2) Enhance learning through self-paced practice questions
    (3) Build familiarity with the testing environment
    (4) Increase confidence towards certification exams
    (5) Better prepare so that they can pass certification exams .

    Principles of Business
    This course is designed for you to understand the many different roles that business plays in society today. It will focus on the integration of technology into the business world, among other things. It develops student understanding and skills in such areas as business law, economics, financial analysis, human resources management, information management, marketing, operations, and strategic management. Throughout the course, students are presented with problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic and critical-thinking skills.

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
    • Identify and define business terms
    • Explain the importance of finance and marketing in business
    • List effective operation and management procedures
    • Understand business domestically and globally .