(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Business Management Technology program can open many doors for its graduates.
Managing an office requires skills in different areas, and TSTC’s program will teach students how to handle each, according to instructor JoLynn Hightower. Graduates will be able to apply for different positions that are always in demand.
“According to onetonline.org, there are many job categories that graduates from our program would be qualified for,” she said. “And they are jobs with a bright outlook, including office clerks; first-line managers; receptionists/information clerks; bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks; and more.”
TSTC offers three academic plans in this program: an Associate of Applied Science degree, a certification of completion and an occupational skills award. Hightower said earning any of the three will benefit students.
“A certificate or degree is important as it shows an employer that you have obtained the required qualifications and proven dedication to your self-development and education,” she said.
Ron Howard, a 2019 graduate of the program and the Assistant Veterans Services Officer in Taylor County, said the program made him successful.
“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.”
Hightower said companies are hiring people as soon as they graduate.
“Job prospects are huge,” she said. “You can go into human resources, which in itself is a huge field with many different certifications to obtain, and office management and accounting.”
According to onetonline.org, Texas had 11,880 human resources assistants employed in 2018, and such jobs are expected to increase to more than 12,200 by 2028. Human resources assistants employed in Texas can earn an average annual salary of $43,380.
Hightower said there is benefit to completing the program.
“You could work for so many different employers, and skills are transferable to different areas,” she said. “You could even set up your own business with the skills that you have learned.”
More jobs that are expected to see growth over the next few years are those for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks. Onetonline.org forecasts that they will increase 8% by 2028 in Texas, with an average annual salary of $41,150.
Students interested in TSTC’s Business Management Technology program do not need any experience to begin.
“Students would benefit from a working knowledge of their computer and the internet, but even that is something we can help them become familiar with,” Hightower said.
Business Management Technology is an online program that allows students to learn at their own pace. Instructors are available to answer students’ questions and help with assignments.
For more information, visit tstc.edu.