Velica Calvert, Ph.D., Chairperson
OC 325, 210-486-0190
The Business Department offers four programs leading to AAS Degrees and certificates. The programs are Banking and Financial Services; Business Management; Public Administration; and Real Estate Management. These programs are designed to develop the knowledge, attitude, and experience necessary to function effectively in decision-making positions. Pre-registration counseling, required for admission to degree candidacy in all Business Department programs, is available in the department offices in the Susan R. & Jesse H. Oppenheimer building (OC).
The Business Management Program is a two-year program to develop the fundamental skills, knowledge, attitudes, and experience necessary for men and women to function in decision-making positions. Combining academic training with practical on-the-job training compatible with the student’s career objective, business management courses are available in both day, online, and evening class formats. Pre-registration counseling is required for admission to this degree program and is available from departmental personnel in the Oppenheimer Building (Rm 325), Dr. Charles Hunt, Coordinator.
Banking and Financial Services
The Banking and Financial Services offers a two-degree and several certificate options: an AAS Degree and Certificates in Banking and Financial Services, Financial Analysis, Financial Services Industry.
The AAS Degree in Banking and Financial Services is designed to teach current and potential professionals the process and methodology of the rapidly changing global financial services industry. Combined with the liberal arts core curriculum of San Antonio College, the program provides any student with the fundamental knowledge required of a banker or financial services provider while allowing him or her the opportunity to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Banking and Financial Services. A Financial Services Certificate is awarded to any student completing the required 12 to 15 semester hours for the certificate. These hours can then be applied toward the AAS Degree.
Criminal Justice consists of these programs: Criminal Justice with an emphasis in correctional science and law enforcement, an associate in arts degree, and two certificate programs. The law enforcement degree program is designed to assist with the professional licensing of Texas law enforcement officers. Courses are also available to assist students with an interest in employment with respect to correctional personnel, probation, and parole workers.
Credit towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice, may be awarded upon successful completion of the appropriate certification process as listed below. To be eligible for advanced standing credit, criminal justice majors must be currently enrolled at San Antonio College, in good academic standing (not on scholastic probation, enforced scholastic probation, etc.).
The Criminal Justice Program reflects the assessed needs of the community for students for initial career preparation, career development, and for foundations leading to university transfer credits.
The law enforcement option offers the forensic-focused student both an AAS degree and certificate in Forensic Science. The specialty is for those students desiring to develop and/or increase their knowledge and skills in the area of law enforcement and forensics. The AAS degree in Correctional Science offers a specialty degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling which leads to state certification as a counselor. This degree is offered in conjunction with the Mental Health Technology Program.
Successful completion of the TCLEOSE examination for basic peace officer certification may result in credit being awarded for specific courses. To receive these course credits, the student must be currently enrolled as a criminal justice student at San Antonio College and have completed a minimum of two courses with the grade of “C” or better. Credit for these course hours will not be awarded following two years of completion.
- CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I, 5 semester hours.
- CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer II, 5 semester hours.
- CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer III, 5 semester hours.
- CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer IV, 5 semester hours.
A student may receive credit for the LE-Basic Jail course upon successful completion of the course. The student must be currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program at San Antonio College, must have completed with the grade of “C” or better, and the seven core courses in either the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Correctional Science Programs. These credits will not be awarded after two years following completion of the basic jail course.
- CJCR 1300 LE-Basic Jail course, 3 semester hours.
For those individuals who would like to pursue a certificate in a given specialty in forensic or law enforcement, the options are:
- Forensic Science
- Law Enforcement
The Public Administration Program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to be effective within public-sector fields of employment. Emphasis is directed toward the interrelated concepts of public management, civil service systems, labor relations, human resources, budgeting techniques, and organizational development.
In addition to the Public Administration Program, a one-year Labor Studies Certificate is offered. This program will give students the technical skills and knowledge to function effectively in an organized collective bargaining environment.
Real Estate Management
Real Estate Management is a two-year accelerated program to develop fundamental skills, knowledge, attitudes, and experience necessary for men and women to function in real estate careers. The course of instruction outlined below is designed to lead to an AAS Degree.
Real estate management courses are available in both day and evening class formats. Preregistration counseling required for admission to this degree program is available from department personnel in the Susan R. & Jesse H. Oppenheimer building (OC).
Administrative Computer Technology / Court Reporting / Paralegal Studies
The Administrative Computer Technology (ACT) Department consists of six programs offering AAS degrees and/or certificates. The programs are: Accounting Technology, Administrative Assistant, Court Reporting, Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary, Paralegal Studies, and Records Management. The ACT Department offers day, evening and online courses.
The Accounting Technology program offers the following certificates and degrees:
- Marketable Skills Certificate-Accounting Computer Applications (12 hours)
- Level 1 Certificate-Accounting Technician (27 hours)
- AAS Degree-Accounting Technology (60 hours)
These programs are designed to meet the needs of students who primarily seek accounting or bookkeeping -related employment skills. After completing one of the certificate plans, students will have sufficient skills to obtain employment in certain entry-level bookkeeping jobs or to advance in their current positions. Courses in the marketable skills certificate are applied to the level 1 certificate, and all courses on both certificates count toward the Associate of Applied Science degree. The Accounting Technology degree prepares students to work successfully in the electronic office. The programs provide a solid foundation in general education and in-depth technical skills needed in the accounting field. The overall focus of the computer classes in Accounting Technology is to provide students with quality instruction and many hours of “hands-on” experience using industry standard accounting software as well as spreadsheet and word processing software. With the assistance of a faculty advisor, a student can design a program of study to meet his or her individual needs.
The Accounting Technology program offers Quickbooks certification through Certiport.
The Administrative Assistant Program offers the following certificates and degrees:
- Level 1 Certificate-Office Technician (15 Hours)
- Level 1 Certificate-Office Systems Specialist I (30 hours)
- Level 2 Certificate-Office Systems Specialist II (45 hours)
- AAS Degree-Administrative Assistant (60 hours)
These programs are designed to meet the needs of students who primarily seek office-related employment skills. Upon completion of the certificates, students will have sufficient skills to obtain employment in certain entry-level office jobs or to advance in their current positions. Courses in each level 1 certificate are applied to the level 2 certificate, and all courses on the level 1 and level 2 certificates count toward the Associate of Applied Science degree. With the assistance of a faculty advisor, a student can design a program of study to meet his or her individual needs.
The Administrative Assistant program offers Microsoft Office Certification through Certiport.
The Court Reporting Program offers the following certificates and degrees:
- Level 1 Certificate-Court Reporting Transcriptionist/Scopist (23 hours)
- Level 2 Certificate-Court Reporting Computer Aided Transcription Technology (43 hours)
- AAS Degree-Court Reporting Computer-Aided Transcription (60 hours)
- Enhanced Skills Certificate-CART/Captioning (12 hours)
The Court Reporting Program offers a “conflict-free,” computer-compatible theory. This program provides students with the opportunity to attain the proficiencies needed to pass the certification examination administered by the Court Reporter Certification Board (CRCB) of Texas and the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination administered by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
A court reporter makes a verbatim record of legal proceedings in a courtroom or deposition setting and provides a certified transcript for use by the legal profession. Conferences also may be reported and transcribed.
Texas state certification is required for court reporters. Some states do not require certification. Texas state law requires that shorthand reporters be certified in order to work in the courts or as freelance reporters. Persons not certified may work in business, civil service, or medical transcription using their machine shorthand skills. Those with excellent machine shorthand skills may caption for television or write realtime for the hearing impaired and in the classroom setting.
COURT REPORTING DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES
Theory classes: All CRTR students are limited to two semesters of CRTR 1304 (Machine Shorthand I) and CRTR 1207 (Machine Shorthand Speed-building). If a student does not achieve at least a C average when taking CRTR 1304 and CRTR 1207 for the second time, he/she will be redirected to another program.
Speed classes: A student who does not pass the next speed in Literary, Jury Charge, or Testimony within two semesters must drop back to the previous speed (20 wpm slower)—only on the area not passed—for testing on Performance Challenges (PC’s) and Mocks. If the student is not able to pass PC’s and Mocks at that speed, he/she must drop back again until his/her true speed is determined.
o Example: A student is at 100 wpm Literary for two semesters and does not advance. The student will drop back to 80 wpm on Literary Performance Challenges. If the same student passes 100 wpm in Jury Charge and Testimony, he/she will continue to advance in those areas.
Court Reporting students are encouraged to attend day classes on campus their first semester in which they learn machine shorthand theory.
However, students who cannot attend day classes may attend online machine shorthand theory classes through audio and video instruction by special arrangement with the instructor. Online students MUST have:
- computer-compatible shorthand machine
- the translation software (provided for free to all SAC students) loaded onto their PC PRIOR to the first day of classes. Students may make an appointment with an ACT technician to obtain help installing the required software. The ACT technicians’ phone number is 210-486-1090.
Once machine shorthand theory is mastered, students may choose online or hybrid speed classes.
CRTR 1291 and CRTR 1391, Special Topics in Court Reporting may be used with Coordinator approval to substitute for speed courses on the degree plan.
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
- Level 1 Certificate (30 hours)
The Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary program offers a level 1 certificate designed to meet the needs of students who primarily seek employment in legal administrative assistant/secretarial positions. This certificate offers the student sufficient skills to obtain employment in certain entry-level legal secretarial jobs or to advance in their current positions. The Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretarial program includes instruction in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, database, introduction to law, and legal document preparation, as well as instruction in specialized legal software for accounting, docket control, law office management, e-discovery, litigation support, and several graphics/video presentation systems to aid in attorney presentations during trials. The courses on the Level 1 certificate can be applied towards the Administrative Assistant AAS degree.
The Paralegal Studies Program curriculum is designed to provide paraprofessional education to qualify a person as an assistant or aide to lawyers. The need for assistance in the legal profession has expanded greatly as our population increases and with growing demands for legal services in both civil and criminal matters. The qualified paralegal works at all times under the direct supervision of a lawyer.
Records Management Program
- Level 1 Certificate (22 hours)
- AAS Degree (60 hours)
The Records Management program is designed to meet the needs of students who primarily seek employment in records management positions. The Records Management Specialist Level 1 Certificate offers the student sufficient skills to obtain employment in certain entry-level records management jobs or to advance in their current positions. Courses on the Level 1 certificate lead toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Records Management. The Records Management program includes instruction in manual and electronic filing as well as information management theory. It also includes a survey and evaluation of filing systems and equipment and maintenance of database records.
Credit Given for Certification
The number of course credits that will apply toward graduation will vary depending on the particular curriculum. To receive credit, the applicant must:
- Request direct notification be given to the College’s director of Admissions and Records Office by the Institute for Certifying Secretaries (for 1 CPS), the Certifying Board of the National Association of Legal Secretaries (2 PLS), or the Institute for Certifying Records Managers (3 CRM) that the applicant has passed all sections of the examination and the dates the examination was administered.
- Earn 12 hours of credit for courses at San Antonio College before the advanced standing credit is posted on the applicant’s record.
1 Credit Given for Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Certification
Credit toward an AAS Degree in Administrative Computer Technology may be awarded upon successful completion of all parts of the CPS examination. Effective with the 1994 examination, the courses for which credit may be granted are:
- ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I.
- POFT 1313 Professional Workforce.
- POFT 1301 Business English/Communications I (WI).
- POFT 2380 Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General.
2 Credit Given for Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) Certification
Credit toward an AAS Degree in Administrative Computer Technology may be awarded upon successful completion of all parts of the PLS certification examination. The courses for which credit may be granted are:
- ACNT 1303 Introduction to Accounting I.
- POFT 1313 Professional Workforce.
- POFT 1301 Business English/Communications I (WI).
- Students Must Choose One From:
- POFT 2380 Cooperative Education-Administrative Asst./Secretarial Science, General
3 Credit Given for Certified Records Manager (CRM) Certification
Credit towards a Records Management Certificate or an AAS Degree in Records Management may be awarded upon successful completion of all parts of the CRM examination. Effective with the 1997 examination, the courses for which credit may be granted are:
- POFT 1319 Records and Information Management I.
- POFT 1359 Records and Information Management II.
- POFT 2379 Records and Information Management III.
- Students Must Choose One From:
- POFT 2380 Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General or
- POFT 1301 Business English/Communications I (WI)
Programs and Courses - Business
Business, Administrative Computer Technology and Criminal Justice
Field of Study
Associate of Arts/Associate of Science
Associate of Applied Science
Accounting Technology, A.A.S.
Administrative Assistant, A.A.S.
Banking and Financial Services, A.A.S.
Business Management, A.A.S.
Business Management: Financial Management Option, A.A.S.
Court Reporting: Computer-Aided Transcription Technology, A.A.S.
Criminal Justice: Correctional Science, A.A.S.
Criminal Justice: Forensics, A.A.S.
Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, A.A.S.
Human Resources Management, A.A.S.
International Business, A.A.S.
Marketing Management, A.A.S.
Paralegal Studies, A.A.S.
Public Administration, A.A.S.
Real Estate Management, A.A.S.
Records Management, A.A.S.
Level 2 Certificate
Level 1 Certificate
Accounting Technician, Level I Certificate
Administrative Systems Specialist I, Level I Certificate
Banking and Financial Services, Level I Certificate
Budgeting in the Public Sector, Level I Certificate
Business Management, Level I Certificate
Court Reporting: Transcriptionist / Scopist Level I Certificate
Entrepreneurship, Level I Certificate
Financial Management, Level I Certificate
Human Resources Management, Level I Certificate
International Business, Level I Certificate
Labor Studies, Level I Certificate
Leadership in Public Service, Level I Certificate
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary, Level I Certificate
Marketing Management, Level I Certificate
Office Technician, Level I Certificate
Operations Management, Level I Certificate
Real Estate, Level I Certificate
Records Management Specialist, Level I Certificate
Marketable Skills Achievement Award
Enhanced Skills Certificate