Business Information Systems


Technology is the fastest growing field right now, and there is no sign of it stopping any time soon!  The Business Information Systems’ program combines studies in computer information systems with business/management courses, which serves as a bridge between technical and business communities.  This bridge connects students to exciting careers that use technology.  Students who study in this program for two years will graduate with a strong understanding of computers in the business world and possess marketable skills and be able to pass industry-level certification exams, which makes them more credible job candidates.
The U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics indicates that the need for computer professionals and executives is growing at a fast rate as companies are becoming more global.  Information Technology has the greatest potential for new jobs and is growing by 37% by the year 2018.  These jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest rate of job satisfaction.
This program provides industry-related curriculum that prepares students for post-secondary schooling and business and technological careers.  The two-year studies include:  Computer Literacy Basics, Internet Core Concepts, Information Technology, Microsoft Office 2013 (with an emphasis on Excel and Access), Personal Finance, Introduction to Business, Business Communications and Ethics, and Cyber Security.  Supplemental coursework includes:  Intro to Programming (using Scratch and Alice), Career Education (focusing on successful job interviewing), and Career Portfolio.  Students who graduate from this program will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of computer operating systems, hardware and software interactions, firewalls, internal components and peripherals, storage devices, virus detection, and networking.
  • Identify document task requirements and make educated decisions about technologies and appropriate applications.
  • Understand concepts of Cyber Security, a fast-growing field of IT, and the importance of solid security measures that ensures confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.
  • Create effective business documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and databases, using the most recent Microsoft Office software.
  • Be knowledgeable enough to take and pass Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams.
  • Be knowledgeable enough to take and pass Internet Core Concepts (IC3) certification exams.
  • Identify intrinsic hardware components of the computer.
  • Understand that good communication skills are the foundation of any successful businessperson.
  • Professionally communicate information in different business formats (presentations, research projects, etc.)
  • Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to business and technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
  • Work collaboratively for project development and presentations.
  • Create and graduate with a professional career portfolio.
  • Successfully prepare and interview for a job/career.

Students who graduate from the program with exemplary grades and attendance may qualify for one of the program’s articulation agreements with local post-secondary schools, colleges, and universities.  The BCCTC is a registered Certiport testing center, and students who work to potential are offered industry-related certification tests, which can assist them with reaching their educational and personal goals and market their credentials while maximizing their employment opportunities. 
Future Business Leaders’ of America (FBLA) is a prestigious business club that has been around for decades.  It is also the premiere club that is practiced in the BIS classroom.  Students who are active members will learn valuable leadership skills and will prepare to compete against students from other schools in business/technology related competitions at conferences.  Students can earn awards, certificates, and even the chance to travel with the club to compete against PA students at the state level.  Students can list FBLA on their resumes to show that they are true leaders in their field!  Half-tuition FBLA scholarships are offered from multiple local post-secondary schools.
This program does not limit students to computer-only careers.  It can open doors in any field that uses technology and values employees who are skilled at using ever-evolving technology tools and software.  If you are interested in understanding how Information Technology can make businesses work better, the Business Information Systems program will help you to reach your career potential!

Certifications
              

Microsoft Office Specialist 2013

  • Word
  • PowerPoint
  • Access
  • Excel

Internet and Computing Core (IC3)

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Key Applications
  • Living Online

 

updated 5/2016

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