Business Technology

Business Technology

Increase your employability with a solid foundation in Microsoft Office and Windows, along with strong digital and professional office management skills.

About Us

CR’s Business Technology program prepares you for today’s workplace by providing you with expertise in a broad range of entry-level office skills and software programs which will promote your success in a variety of office environments.  You’ll learn the administrative support software employers look for, as well as develop the communication, team-working and analytical skills that will help you stand out in a professional office environment.

Degrees and Certificates

Choose from specializations in Office Applications, Computer Support, Digital Media or Accounting.

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Skills covered include:

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access & PowerPoint)
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Keyboarding Proficiency
  • Business Communications
  • Human Relations/Customer Service Skills
  • Hardware and Software Support Basics
fast Fact

The number one most in-demand job skill in 2016 was Microsoft Excel.

Source: Burning Glass Labor/Insight

Employment Opportunities

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Help Desk Support
  • Office Clerk
  • Office Technology Support
  • Receptionist

Projected California Employment Statistics


Administrative Assistant


Job Growth (2014-2024)


Job Openings (2014-2024)

223,300 245,100


Barbara Jaffari, Business Technology
Brian Van Pelt

Barbara Jaffari, Business Technology

B.A. Liberal Studies, M.A. Computer Based Education, California Polytechnic State University

While I was in the last year of my undergraduate studies I took a new, mandatory course in some of the first computer applications for business (Word Perfect, Lotus 1-2-3 and Dbase).  I enjoyed the course so much I decided to apply to the newly created Master’s program in Computer Based Education. I continued to enjoy the programming classes as well as the education courses.

While I was completing my Master’s Degree I taught business applications at a trade college in Oceanside, California.  The next job I had was at Mira Costa Community College where I taught a wide variety of computer courses and worked for the Computer Services Department.  In my third year at Mira Costa College I saw a job announcement for a full-time teaching position at College of the Redwoods, and over 20 years later am still here teaching courses that I enjoy!

It is inspiring and motivating for me when I learn which knowledge and skills students are interested in acquiring and how they foresee themselves applying those skills.

Many of the skills taught in the Business Technology program are universal skills used in almost all jobs. These skills also increase success in college as well as being useful for tasks outside of school or a job. I enjoy helping students meet their goals and dreams. 

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