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Certificate of Completion in Business Paraprofessional

Division of Business — Curriculum Code: 3010

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Completion

 

Why become a Business Paraprofessional?

This certificate of completion program is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development (NJCCWED) and the New Jersey Community Colleges to deliver Educational Career Ladder programs for all education support professionals who desire career advancement in management positions.

If I major in Business Paraprofessional, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The certificate of completion program is designed to prepare students for advancement in their careers. While the program is not designed for transfer to a four-year institution, ECC will apply some or most of the courses you have taken toward an associate degree. Check with a counselor or your academic advisor for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Candidates for acceptance into this program must have completed their applied studies and received a Certificate of Competency in Educational Support Professional Services. Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

Once you have received your Certificate in Educational Support Professional Services and if you do not need developmental course work, you can complete this certificate of completion in one year assuming you register for 9 credits in the first semester and six credits in the second semester.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Business Division at (973) 877-3222 or the Admissions Office at (973) 877-1941.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the language of business and management;
  • Use the basic business applications of a computer;
  • Use the language of business in writing and speaking to communicate effectively; and
  • Apply basic management concepts in the workplace.

 

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS:

(12 credits)

Certificate of Competency in Educational Support Professional Services (12 credits)

Note: Candidates for acceptance into this program must have completed their applied studies and received a Certificate of Competency in Educational Support Professional Services.

 

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(24 credits, which includes 12 certificate of competency credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 credits)
BUS 253 The Legal, Ethical and Global Environment of Business (3 credits)
CIS 107 Computer Literacy or CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

(3 credits)

Choose one Humanities course elective (one 3-credit course)

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Completion: 27

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

Certificate of Competency in Educational Support Professional Services (12 credits)

First Semester
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
BUS 253 The Legal, Ethical and Global Environment of Business (3 credits)
CIS 107 Computer Literacy OR CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)

Second Semester
BUS 201 Principles of Management (3 credits)
Humanities course elective (3 credits)

Notes:
(1) This is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Community College Consortium for the Workforce and Economic Development (NJCCCWED) and Essex County College Business Division.
(2) All candidates must take the College Placement Test prior to beginning course work.

 

NOTE: This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.