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CCBC & Beaver County Career and Technology Center Cooperative Educational Program

The Beaver County Career and Technology Center and the Community College of Beaver County have established a cooperative educational program to give Career and Technology Center graduates the opportunity to further their education by using their credits to earn an Associate Degree in Applied Technology from CCBC.

Students who complete any one of 17 approved programs at the Career and Technology Center are then eligible to receive 24 credits towards an Associate degree. They will enroll at CCBC and receive their degree after completing the appropriate requirements.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • BCCTC Student must successfully pass exams noted below related to their program of study:
    • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Exam (NOCTI) as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE),
    • National Institute Metalworking Skills (NIMS) as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for Machine Tool Technology Students,
    • and the Veterinary Assistant Examination for Veterinary Assistant Students.
  • Begin coursework at CCBC within two years of graduation from BCCTC.
  • Complete a CCBC admissions application.
  • Take the placement test or provide appropriate SAT/ACT scores.
  • Request a letter from BCCTC confirming eligibility.


The Associate in Applied Technology degree at CCBC requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credits including the following:

1.     Graduation from the Beaver County Career and Technology Center with an advanced NOCTI, NIMS*, or Veterinary Assistant Exam** score in one of these approved programs:

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R)
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Information Systems
  • Carpentry
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Commercial Art
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical Occupations
  • Graphic Arts and Printing
  • Greenhouse/Landscaping
  • Health Occupations
  • Logistics Materials Management
  • Machine Tool Technology*
  • Masonry/Bricklaying
  • Plumbing & Heating
  • Veterinary Assistant**
  • Welding

24 Credits

2.     Completion of 6 credits of the following:

  • English Composition – 3 credits
  • Concepts of Literature OR Writing for Business and Technology - 3 credits

3.     Completion of 9 credits of the following:

  • Introduction to Information Technology – 3 credits
  • Cultural Literacy course area – 3 credits

Cultural Literacy Courses are any beginning with the following prefixes:

    • ANTH
    • GEOG
    • HIST
    • POLS
    • PSYC
    • SOCI
    • BUSM255 or ECON 255


  • Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning course area - 3 credits

Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning Courses are any beginning with the following prefixes:

    • BIOL
    • CHEM
    • MATH
    • NANO
    • PHYS


4.     Completion of 15 credits from one of the degree tracks below - 15 credits

5.     Completion of 6 credits of free electives - 6 credits

TOTAL: 60 Credits

Note: Students can also design an individualized degree program to meet his/her needs. For more information, contact the CCBC Counseling Office.

CCBC will charge tuition and fees to students for CCBC coursework; Beaver County Career and Technology Center will charge adult students for Career and Technology Center coursework.

Degree Tracks


ACCT 110
Financial Accounting
The accounting cycle in various types of enterprises is examined. Included is the practical application of the principles learned. Honors Option Available Financial Accounting Honors examines the accounting cycle in various types of enterprises. Included is the practical application of the principles learned. Part of each class will be lecture, problem-solving as related to the lecture, discussion and homework assignments as required. You are also encouraged to explore the internet for additional accouting topics and related subject matter. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing international companies, evaluating accounting systems used in the global environment and creating solutions for today's accounting information systems. 3-0-3
BUSM 110
Introduction to E-Commerce
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of E Commerce with an emphasis on understanding the foundations of this field. Specifically, technology, internet business models, establishing customer equity, and media convergence are explored as they apply to developing and sustaining a successful strategy for a company involved in ECommerce. 3-0-3
BUSM 112
Principles of Management
This course provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of current day managers. It focuses on the basic functions of the management process - Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling and on the application of these functions through case study application. (3-0-3)
BUSM 245
Principles of Marketing
The four P’s of the marketing mix, product, place, promotion, and price, are studied and applied to current market issues. The concepts and techniques used in product development, pricing tactics, promoting a product, and in choosing a distribution channel are outlined. Some of the quantitative aspects of marketing analysis are covered. 3-0-3
BUSM 255
Macroeconomics examines the aggregate economy, with specific focus on unemployment, inflation, business cycles, and growth. Topics include economic reasoning, the economic organization of society, supply and demand, U.S. economic institutions, the world economy, national income accounting, money, banking, and the financial sector, the modern macro debate in reference to the aggregate production/aggregate expenditures model, demand management and fiscal policy, monetary policy, the debate about macro policy, the relationship between inflation, unemployment, and growth, international dimensions of monetary and fiscal policies, exchange rate and trade policy, traditional macro policy, supply-side macro policy, deficits and debt, and transitional economies. 3-0-3
* Please note: Students in the Business Track will not be able to use BUSM255 or ECON255 for their required Cultural Literacy credits, as this course is part of their degree track requirements.

Computer Information Systems

CISN 105
Microcomputers and Cloud Services
The course is intended for students who want more information on maintaining and managing their computers; or for those students who want to prepare the Computing Technology Association's A+ Certification. Some of the areas that will be covered include troubleshooting fundamentals; basic and preventative maintenance techniques; computer upgrades; operating systems; networking and Internet connections; printer connections and interfaces; types of RAM; data recovery; and the various multimedia options available for legacy PCs. An equal emphasis will be placed on identifying and supporting today's emerging tablet computers, smartphones, and cloud computing technologies throughout the course. 3-0-3
CISN 200
Client Operating Systems
This course focuses on skills needed to deploy and manage desktop operating systems. Installation and troubleshooting of desktop operating system, as well as features, such as advanced security are covered. A current version and a prior version of Windows and Linux desktop operating systems are used in the demonstration and hands-on assignments. 3-0-3
CISN 203
Linux Operating Systems
This course is an introduction to the Linux Operating System. Students will learn how to install a Linux Operating System, how to navigate the command line interface and how to display system information. Students will also learn about other Linux distributions and how to install them. Hands-on activities will involve creating/deleting directories, searching for files, creating text documents, exploring the file system, working in BASH and managing processes. 3-0-3
CIST 170
Web Dev with Adobe Dreamweaver
Web development with Adobe Dreamweaver is an introduction to website development, programming and maintenance using Adobe Dreamweaver as the primary software IDE. Current industry-standard practices are used to program web pages with responsive design that can deploy on a variety of computers and mobile devices. Current versions of HTML and CSS are used within the Dreamweaver framework to create interactive websites. Animation techniques are introduced in the Adobe Suite of products as students learn to manage files, across Adobe CC. 3-0-3
CISW 101
Client-Side Script Language
Client-Side Scripting Languages teaches students to develop interactive websites using client-side programming techniques. Websites are developed using current industry-languages including Hypertext Markup Language (HTML5), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3) and JavaScript (JS). Management skills are sharpened as students complete projects that begin with the design process and continue through coding, testing, debugging, deployment and maintenance of websites. 3-0-3

Human Resources Management

BUSH 240
Employment Law
This course examines the developing body of modern employment law, its impact on human resource functions, and its history and its legal framework. The course addresses the importance of the employment relationship. Students will examine the statutory, regulatory, and common law requirements which govern employment law. The legal issues underlying the selection, hiring, promotion, and termination of employees will be addressed along with equal opportunity, discrimination issues, affirmative action, contract negotiations, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, immigration laws, and major acts such as Title VII or Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 3-0-3
BUSH 241
Human Resource Management
This course uses the competitive advantage approach in the study of key human resource management (HRM) practices of recruitment, selection, training, compensation, performance appraisal, and employment law. Focus is on developing an understanding of the managers role in the HRM process and developing an understanding of how HRM practices can be successfully developed and implemented in the context of today's global environment. Prerequisite: BUSM112 3-0-3
BUSM 112
Principles of Management
This course provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of current day managers. It focuses on the basic functions of the management process - Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling and on the application of these functions through case study application. (3-0-3)
BUSM 260
Project Management
This course covers the topics of contemporary project management utilizing contemporary project management methods. There are a variety of project types and sizes used to support learning that came from several companies, of various sizes, in many industries, to promote scalability and universality. Regardless of project, company, or industry size, project management techniques can be applied to any project. The topics covered include: project selection and prioritization, organizational capability (structure and culture), chartering, stakeholder analysis and planning, defining project scope, constructing work breakdown structures, scheduling, resourcing, and budgeting projects, project risk and quality planning, project kickoff, as well as leading and managing project teams and determining project progress and results. 3-0-3
OFFT 125
Microsoft Excel-MOS Expert Cert
The student will learn how to create worksheets, work with charts, pivot tables and use 'what if' analysis. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification exam. 2-2-3

Office Technology

OFFT 110
Internet For Office
This course is an introduction of the utilization to the Internet and World Wide Web access for solving common office problems. Students will gain experience in the use of browsers and search engines to research, locate, and retrieve information necessary to efficiently operate an office. 2-2-3
OFFT 120
Microsoft Word-MOS Expert Cert.
This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Word. The student will learn how to edit and format documents, work with tables, add graphics, create Web pages, merge documents, create charts and forms, and customize Word. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification Exam. 2-2-3
OFFT 125
Microsoft Excel-MOS Expert Cert
The student will learn how to create worksheets, work with charts, pivot tables and use 'what if' analysis. At completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Expert Certification exam. 2-2-3
OFFT 130
Microsoft Access-MOS Expert Cert
The student will learn how to work with tables, forms, and reports to create advanced forms; sub-forms and reports; data access and pages; and modules. Database maintenance and information sharing between programs is also included. At the completion of the course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Core Certification Exam. 2-2-3
OFFT 170
Microsoft Outlook-MOS Certificatio
This course is a comprehensive introduction to Microsoft Outlook 2002. The course includes email communications; scheduling; and managing, integrating, and customizing Outlook with the Internet. At completion of this course, the student will be eligible for the MOS Certification Exam. 2-2-3

Visual Communications

VISC 105
Digital Illustration
This course focuses on basic design principles related to the graphic design and advertising field, including study of principles and elements such as composition, abstraction, color, form, and shapes. Understanding the relationship of elements and development of two-dimensional vector based projects for commercial applications using Adobe Illustrator is also stressed. Emphasis throughout the course is on computer desktop design and production techniques used in contemporary communication processes. 2-2-3
VISC 110
Understanding Media
This media literacy course is based on the media theory of Marshall McLuhan. Students will be introduced to what McLuhan believed to be the long term effects of using media on our bodies, psyches, and societies. We have created extensions of ourselves through the media we use on a daily basis. Any extension of ourselves affects the whole psychic and social complex. These extension are now global and intergalactic in scope, abolishing both space and time. Students will learn that in order to understand media, they must be able to understand themselves. By better understanding themselves, students will become better media creators, users, and communicators. 3-0-3
VISC 115
Digital Imaging
Using Adobe Photoshop, students will solve media problems by producing specific digital graphic solutions while observing the principles of good design. In order to observe how form contributes to message, the student will research how designers create the essential graphics, gather design elements from various resources, and generate designs that conform to and enhance message content. The students will also consider design variables related to various destination media like monitors, printers and other deliverables. 2-2-3
VISC 122
Web Design
In this course, students will learn how to use digital tools for designing web pages. Emphasis will be on how to design effective websites for a specific user in mind. Usability guidelines, tips, and examples of effective and ineffective web sites will be discussed. Students will create a web site in class using Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Prerequisite: VISC115 or FINE115 2-2-3
VISC 220
Digital Photography
This course will introduce students to digital photography and photographic image manipulation through the use of digital camera and computer technology. Students will build skills and techniques in digital photography and image processing for digital printing, the web, and interactive digital media. Emphasis is placed on acquiring digital photographic skills based on proficient and appropriate use of their camera, software and imaging editing tools. Image formatting possibilities are investigated, along with aesthetic/functional aspects of traditional photography techniques. 2-2-3