Business Technology (BUSN)

The Business Technology career ladder is competency based and focuses on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to prepare for office positions in government or industry.  The curriculum includes specialties, as well as general offerings, to broaden students’ background and to enhance employment and promotion possibilities.

The Business Technology Program envisions an international state-of-the-art technological curriculum that meets current and emerging Maui County education and computer training needs through innovative, high quality programs offered in motivating learning environments.  The Business Technology Program empowers students to achieve their highest potential as informed, accountable, and productive members of our island, national, and global societies. The Business Technology Program strives to promote and raise awareness of the diverse local and Native Hawaiian traditions that contribute to a positive business environment that make our community so unique.

This program focuses on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for a variety of office positions. The curriculum is designed to broaden the student’s background and enhance employment and promotion possibilities. Business Technology students develop a high level of proficiency with computers and business software.

The Business Technology umbrella offers two Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees with specialties in Information Processing and Medical Office Specialist II; a Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) in Business Technology; and Certificates of Competence (C.O.) in Business Technology, Medical Office Specialist I, and Virtual Office Assistant.

The Business Technology Program, through a philosophy of experiential learning, seeks to provide students with technological, theoretical and practical knowledge that enables graduates to be successful in their chosen careers and to contribute significantly to society.

Goals of the program include:

(a)  To provide instruction that will equip students with the attitudes, knowledge and skills for a wide range of office occupations such as: Receptionist, General Office Clerk, File Clerk, Clerk Typist, Administrative Assistant, Virtual Office Assistant, Computer Operator, Medical Secretary, Medical Office Specialist, Executive Secretary, and Health Unit Coordinator;

(b)  To provide office workers regular and/or short-term courses for upgrading computer skills, Internet processing and technical knowledge;

(c)  To provide instruction in clerical, office, Internet web, and technical computer skills for individuals in other fields;

(d)  To provide opportunities for students to gain on-the job training in office occupations, while attending college;

(e)  To develop partnerships with the community by providing instruction that prepares secretaries to qualify for Professional Secretary status;

(f)   To provide business technology training skills for work force development programs within Maui County;

(g)  To provide individual counseling pre-enrollment and throughout the program to encourage students to achieve their maximum capacity as they progress in the Business Technology Career Ladder; and,

(h)  To provide leadership in Maui County as the community responds to the changing office environment shaped by increasingly sophisticated computer and networking technology in business, government and health care settings.

The Business Technology Program is a working arm of the University of Hawaii’s system-wide Business Technology Program where students articulate between campuses while majoring in a career path of their choice.

PLO 1 – Program graduates select and apply software to create word processing, electronic messaging, desktop publishing, and presentation graphics documents. They meet or exceed productivity standards with the software and in keyboarding speed and accuracy.  They understand business document formats and are proficient in proofreading.

PLO 2 – Program graduates utilize manual and electronic information management systems. They are able to select, organize and operate systems that meet ARMA (Association of Records Managers and Administrators) standards relative to the record life cycle.  Graduates are proficient with database software used to organize, store and retrieve business information using tables, forms, queries and reports.

PLO 3 – Program graduates are able to apply interpersonal and leadership skills. They can work as part of a team and participate effectively in culturally diverse groups. They demonstrate professionalism in work quality, appearance, attitude and workplace behavior.

PLO 4 – Program graduates are able to understand and use spreadsheet software to meet business information needs.  They work confidently with formulas, financial functions, charts, graphs, multi-sheet, and shared workbooks.  (applies to all BUSN students with special emphasis for Information Processing specialty)

PLO 5 – Program graduates are able to work as nurse aides under the supervision of a registered or practical nurse in a hospital, long-term care, home or clinic setting. They have adequate knowledge of medical terminology, abbreviations, diagnostic tests, drug categories and medications so that they are able to process physician orders effectively.  (applies only to Medical Office Specialist)

The Business program is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $108,574.  Funding does not pay for student costs to participate. The Business program is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.