(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s online Business Management Technology program prepares students for a wide range of career options.
Graduates of the program have worked in different areas of business, from accounting to business management. Earning an associate degree or certificate has opened doors for many of the program’s graduates.
Ron Howard is now working for the Taylor County Veterans’ Service Office after earning an associate degree in 2019.
“Everything I learned in the program is helping me tremendously in my job. It has helped me with all of the computer skills and with Word documents,” he said. “My job all day is working on a computer.”
Howard said he could not have succeeded without the help of the TSTC instructors.
“The one-on-one time they give you is great. They do not tell you, ‘Here is the work, go do it’; they make sure you understand what to do,” he said. “The instructors will set you up to succeed.”
Howard would visit his former instructors before the coronavirus pandemic and now communicates with them via email.
“I hope we can get together again. They helped me so much,” the U.S. Marine Corps veteran said.
Instructor Duston Brooks said many students, including Howard, take the learning further by earning a bachelor’s degree.
With TSTC offering a certification and degree program online, Brooks said the cost is minimal.
“Students will need a laptop and good internet access, of course,” he said.
Brooks said students would learn the skills needed for a business to succeed. These include a clear understanding of accounting and principles; efficient management processes; practical verbal, electronic, and visual communication skills, work; how to work with supervisors, customers, employees, and stakeholders; and knowledge of computer software, including word processing spreadsheets, and presentation software.
Small-business owners have taken the course to improve the company’s management end, Brooks said. He also has had students who worked in physical labor positions but took the course to work in an office.
Howard said the program offers people career choices.
“I think people should embrace what they learn in the program. They will succeed,” he said. “TSTC’s Business Management Technology program is the best out there.”
For more information, visit tstc.edu.