Business and Accounting

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Business and Accounting certificate programs provide the skills and knowledge to work in an office, manage projects, and to build and run a small business. Students engage in hands-on learning and receive instruction from top-rated instructors.

Student Success

Melike Bell moved to the United States from Istanbul, Turkey with her sister, Mehtap Safi, to open a home good store. Bell, a former Bank Manager, dreamed of importing luxurious home goods from Istanbul to San Diego. She said, “I loved my occupation. I learned a lot but 18 years was enough for me. I wanted to start something new in a new country.” Bell enrolled in San Diego College of Continuing Education’s Small Business Certificate Programs and opened her first storefront, Bell and Moon, two months later at Parkway Plaza.

Melike Bell

Business Information Worker: Entry Level Skills

180 HOURS

Learn keyboarding, word processing to help create reports and compose letters, and electronic information management to send and manage email and schedule meetings. Prepares students for entry level jobs in office settings, retail shops and/or as customer service representatives, receptionists and information clerks.

Complete three courses:

  • OFSY 541 Keyboarding - Multilevel
  • OFSY 596 Word Processing: Beginning (Microsoft Word - Beginning)
  • OFSY 528 Electronic Info Management (Microsoft Outlook)
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Business Information Worker: Entry Level Skills Orientation

At this time, you can attend a virtual orientation through any of these campuses. Please check all campus links below to sign up for the earliest orientation that fits your schedule.


Business Information Worker: Communication Skills

162 HOURS

Learn soft skills including written business communication, verbal business communication and problem-solving, critical thinking and customer service in a variety of workplace environments. Prepares students for entry level jobs in office settings, retail shops and/or as customer service representatives, receptionists and information clerks.

Complete three courses:

  • OFSY 505 Business Communications I
  • OFSY 506 Business Communications II
  • OFSY 507 Workplace Professional
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Business Information Worker: Communication Skills Orientation

At this time, you can attend a virtual orientation through any of these campuses. Please check all campus links below to sign up for the earliest orientation that fits your schedule.


Business Information Worker: Technical Skills

150 HOURS

Learn basic computers and operating systems used in business environment plus how to build, analyze and formulate spreadsheets including deeper understanding of computer networks, information systems, security and the internet in a business environment. Prepares students for entry level jobs in office settings, retail shops and/or as customer service representatives, receptionists and information clerks.

Complete three courses:

  • OFSY 575 Spreadsheets: Beginning (Microsoft Excel - Beginning)
  • OFSY 527 Microsoft Windows
  • COMP 628 Business Information Systems
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Business Information Worker: Technical Skills Orientation

At this time, you can attend a virtual orientation through any of these campuses. Please check all campus links below to sign up for the earliest orientation that fits your schedule.


Account Clerk

376 HOURS

Provides students with the basic skills necessary to achieve successful employment in the accounting field.

Complete six courses:

  • OFSY 500 Basic Business Math 1
  • OFSY 501 Basic Business Math 2
  • ACCT 511 Accounting: Beginning
  • ACCT 512 Accounting: Intermediate
  • ACCT 502 Computerized Accounting (QuickBooks)
  • OFSY 577 Spreadsheets: Advanced
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Account Clerk Orientation

At this time, you can attend a virtual orientation through any of these campuses. Please check all campus links below to sign up for the earliest orientation that fits your schedule.


Administrative Assistant

324 HOURS

Learn to create and distribute complex documents; develop analytical and statistical reports; create presentations; and use the Internet as a resource.

Complete six courses:

  • OFSY 577 Spreadsheets: Advanced (Microsoft Excel - Advanced)
  • OFSY 599 Word Processing: Advanced (Microsoft Excel - Advanced)
  • OFSY 516 Internet Basics
  • OFSY 510 Database Systems: Beginning (Microsoft Access - Beginning)
  • OFSY 511 Database Systems: Intermediate (Microsoft Access - Intermediate)
  • COMM 614 Computer Presentations
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Administrative Assistant Orientation

At this time, you can attend a virtual orientation through any of these campuses. Please check all campus links below to sign up for the earliest orientation that fits your schedule.


Project Management

120 HOURS

Provides students with the knowledge and skills needed in project planning and management. This program provides students with the practical application skills and working knowledge of the tools necessary to plan, implement and manage projects in any business environment.

The program courses include instruction in the fundamentals of project management, including planning, defining a project, resources, roles and responsibilities, necessary skills, tools and processes. Project management software options such as Microsoft Project are used throughout the program. Instruction will also cover team building, problem solving, decision making, using creativity and innovation, emerging trends, communication skills and a capstone project.

Students who successfully complete the program can use the skills learned as a foundation for additional educational training in any business area.

Zero Cost Textbook

Complete two courses:

  • BUSN 621 Project Management I
  • BUSN 622 Project Management II
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Project Management Orientation

Enrollment is not currently available for this program. When enrollment becomes available, mandatory orientation will be required prior to enrollment. Please add your name to the mailing list to receive information and updates about programs and classes (including information about upcoming orientations).


Small Business Planning

108 HOURS

Provides students with the practical application skills and knowledge to start and manage a small business. Includes instruction in the essentials of starting a small business, recognizing the requirements of local, state and federal organizations, identifying best practices in hiring, as well as sales and marketing strategies.

In a capstone written business plan project, students demonstrate a business model concept that creates customer value in a product or service, and identifies how a student may successfully create self-employment by creating their own small business.

Students who successfully complete the program can use the skills learned to start their own small business for self-employment or obtain a job in the field of business management, market analysis, business development or sales.

Zero Cost Textbook

Complete two courses:

  • BUSN 630 Small Business Essentials
  • BUSN 631 Small Business Planning
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Small Business Planning Orientation

Enrollment is not currently available for this program. When enrollment becomes available, mandatory orientation will be required prior to enrollment. Please add your name to the mailing list to receive information and updates about programs and classes (including information about upcoming orientations).


Small Business Growth

135 HOURS

Provides students with the practical application skills and knowledge to plan, manage and grow a small business. Includes instruction in the essentials of business; sales and marketing skills necessary for the entrepreneur or manager; roles of the entrepreneur; sales ethics and developing a sales team.

In a capstone written business plan project, students demonstrate a business model concept that identifies how a student may successfully grow a small business.

Students who successfully complete the program can use the skills learned to start and manage their own small business for self-employment or obtain a job in the field of business management, market analysis, business development or sales.

Zero Cost Textbook

Complete three courses:

  • BUSN 632 Small Business Skills
  • BUSN 633 Small Business Sales
  • BUSN 634 Small Business Marketing
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Small Business Growth Orientation

Enrollment is not currently available for this program. When enrollment becomes available, mandatory orientation will be required prior to enrollment. Please add your name to the mailing list to receive information and updates about programs and classes (including information about upcoming orientations).


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