Pierce College News

July 26, 2007

Pierce College adds modular and on-line courses to fall business tech offerings

Filed under: General,News releases — Pierce College at 12:00 pm

This fall, the Business Information Technology (BTECH) Department at Pierce College will add flexibility and convenience to its instructional options by offering 21 one-credit, self-paced courses in computer applications–including Microsoft Office 2007– and adding on-line courses in medical billing and terminology.

Registration is now underway at Pierce College Puyallup and Pierce College Fort Steilacoom for fall quarter courses which begins Sept. 19.

Offering continuous enrollment each quarter, the new computer applications courses will be held in newly equipped BTECH Computer Applications Centers at both the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses. The labs will be open at scheduled times during weekdays and evenings with assistance available during the hours the labs are open.

“These new labs and modules will make staying current with new software and office skills extremely easy for students and office workers,” said Carol McGonagill, district coordinator of the BTECH Department.

Students learning WORD, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Outlook will use textbooks written by Nina Rutkosky, former BTECH instructor, and her daughter, Audrey Roggenkamp, a part-time instructor at Pierce Puyallup. Other modules will be offered in keyboarding, skillbuilding, and Windows XP in Puyallup. Tuition for each individual module will be approximately $85 plus the textbook.

McGonagill indicated students enrolled in the modules will be required to attend sessions on campus only at the beginning of the quarter and at the end of each one-credit module.

“The rest of the time, they can work on assignments in the Computer Applications Lab, other campus computer labs or anywhere else they have access to the software required for the modules,” she continued.

The individual modules replace five-credit courses that combined instruction in popular software such as Microsoft Office.

“We decided to break down the five-credit courses into one-credit modules since students often had to sit through portions of courses they didn’t need or wait for another term to receive instruction in applications they needed to learn,” explained McGonagill.

Also designed to meet the needs of students, the on-line medical terminology and billing/coding courses will provide an option for students whose schedules do not permit them to attend classes on campus.

Students completing the medical billing courses will be qualified for employment in medical offices and other facilities requiring a knowledge of medical invoicing, record keeping and insurance claims.

Credits students receive in the modular and on-line courses can be applied toward requirements for certificates and associate degrees awarded by Pierce College.

For more information about the new BTECH offerings in Puyallup, e-mail McGonagill at cmcgonag@pierce.ctc.edu; or call her at (253) 840-8478; contact Luann Wolden with questions about the Ft. Steilacoom courses at lwolden@pierce.ctc.edu or (253) 964-6642; or visit the college web site: www.pierce.ctc.edu.

For general admissions information, call (253) 964-6501 or visit the college web site.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Access and Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at: (253) 964-6468/V, (253) 964-6228/TTY, or dssaccess@pierce.ctc.edu.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located at 9401 Farwest Drive, SW, Lakewood, Wash.

Pierce College Puyallup is located at 1601 39th Ave. S.E., Puyallup, Wash.