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Business Support Specialist

Be competitive in today’s tough job market and begin your career in office administration with training that builds solid office, business and computer skills. This training is perfect for people entering the workforce or changing careers. 

This accelerated cohort program is offered in the hybrid format. 
Most of the course work is done online but you will be required to attend class twice a week at the Glen Burnie Town Center


Daytime (2 days a week for 16 weeks)

Fall Daytime Hybrid 2015 Program Dates (16 weeks)

SESSION 1: August 24 - October 16
SESSION 2: October 19 - December 13

Mandatory classroom sessions:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. 

What is the job outlook?
The average annual salary of administrative assistants is $36,000 and expected to grow by 11 percent through 2018, which is about as fast as average for all occupations.

What is the training?
This accelerated cohort program consists of six classes taken in a 16 week daytime hybrid. Students learn office management, communications, word processing and spreadsheet management.

What courses will I take?
Students must register for all six courses at the same time.

BPA 111  - Business and Its Environment
BPA 141  - Business Office Management 1
BPA 151  - Business Office Management 2
BPA 162  - Business Communications
CSI 120   - Personal Computer Word Processing Applications
CSI 124   - Personal Computer Spreadsheet Applications

What credentials can I earn?
Students can earn 20 credits and a certificate in Business Management. All courses can be applied to the AAS Business Management degree.

What will it cost?
~$2500 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees

Financial Aid: Maryland Part-Time Grants are available for credit courses. Students must demonstrate financial need and register for at least 6, and not more than 11 credits that lead to a degree or certificate. For more information, contact AACC's Office of Student Financial Services at 410-777-2203 or

What are the requirements?
Student must have a high school diploma or have passed the GED exam and demonstrate eligibility for “Composition and Introduction to Literature” (ENG 111). Students must also have a basic understanding of Microsoft Word.  For more information about these requirement, consult the college catalog or contact the program coordinator.

How do I enroll?
Contact the program coordinator at 410-777-2925 to attend an orientation.

Related Studies
Earn a continuing education certificate in the following areas:
Administrative Professional
Computer Technology for the Re-entry Professional

Consult the college catalog for more information about degrees and certificates in Business Management.

For more information contact Pam Polgreen at 410-777-2925 or