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Greenbrier Community College Center of BSC Details Two Continuing Education "Certificate of Completion" Programs

The Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College will include two important continuing education "certificate of completion" programs in its Fall 1997 Semester schedule of classes. The Medical Office Assistant program prepares students to perform general purpose office work in such health care settings as physicians' offices, clinic/group practice offices, nursing care/home health practice offices, and acute care hospital offices. Emphasis is placed on fundamental knowledge and skills which distinguish the medical office from other offices. Courses in the Medical Office Assisting continuing education program will transfer toward the secretarial science degree at GCCC and to Bluefield State College's associate degree in Medical Assisting. Fall 1997 Semester courses include "Introduction to Medical Assisting," "Medical Terminology & Basic Anatomy," and several secretarial and general education classes required for the "certificate of completion." Also implemented for the first time in the Fall 1997 Semester is a one-year certificate program, Technical Office Procedures and Skills (TOPS). The program prepares students for entry-level positions within an office. The curriculum provides students with knowledge and training for immediate success in current office environments. It also serves as a basis of continuing education for advance and preparation for new technology in the business support and office administration fields. Scheduled at GCCC in the Fall 1997 Semester are courses including "Keyboarding and Document Processing I," "Secretarial Accounting," a database and spreadsheet class, and numerous general education and business courses. Each of these courses transfers to the associate degree program in secretarial science, and many of the courses transfer to other specialized continuing education programs. David Perkins, Director of the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State College, characterized these programs as excellent opportunities to gain entry-level skills, and in the case of medical office assisting, more advanced knowledge in areas of office work where employees are needed. "GCCC is pleased to be able to respond to the needs of employers and job-seekers with these programs," he noted. Registration at the GCCC of BSC will be conducted August 14-15. Classes begin August 18. Prospective students may contact the GCCC Student Services Office (645-3303) for additional information.