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Business Information Systems

Program Description
BIS students working together on computer

ACC offers an associate in arts (AA) degree, four two-year associate in applied science (AAS) degrees, and two one-year certificate programs that focus on specialty areas in the field of business information systems (BIS).
They include:

BIS — Administrative Professional
Administrative Professional Program Curriculum
This AAS degree program prepares students to begin work as an administrative professional in a traditional setting as part of the general support staff. Administrative professionals perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties that are necessary to run an organization efficiently. Using the latest developments in information technology as they relate to the management of the modern office, the program provides an extensive background in learning the functionalities of office computer applications.

Your responsibilities may also include some bookkeeping, working with vendors, and managing stockrooms. Specific job duties vary by experience, job title, and specialty.

Instructor and student on computer

BIS — Business Services
Business Services Program Curriculum
This one-year certificate program is designed to provide you with entry-level job skills needed for the modern office environment. You are introduced to a variety of office computer applications and office skills. Your job responsibilities may include greeting and receiving visitors, answering the phone and e-mail messages, making appointments, preparing documents, filing, handling the mail, distributing messages, and performing simple bookkeeping tasks.

CertificationMOS Certification

ACC students have the opportunity to earn five Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications right here in Alpena at no additional cost! ACC graduates from the BIS programs who have earned MOS certifications have come back to tell instructors that the certifications are what helped them land their jobs. Earning one or more certifications in addition to your degree will make your resume stand out, assist you in being hired, and very likely earn you higher wages. Holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.*
* Anderson, Cushing, and John F. Gantz. Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need. IDC/Microsoft.

Special Opportunities

If you have previous experience, you may be eligible for advanced placement in certain courses through competency testing. ACC also has articulation agreements with area high schools that allow you to earn credits toward your business information systems degree or certificate.

Career Options

Employment of executive assistants and administrative professionals is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2029.  Individuals who have certifications will have the best job opportunities.

Your average salary depends on the size, type, status (private vs. public), and location of your employer, as well as your skill and experience level. The median annual earnings of executive assistants were $63,110 in 2020*. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants were $40,990, and information clerks were $36,920 for this same time period.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019-20 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh (August 26, 2021).

Contact the BIS Program
Susan Cook