This course includes classroom theory and “hands-on” creation of computer programs and documents. Students will create simple computer programs, java programs, and applications. Database Administration is an in-demand occupation and students will learn the complexity of this job title in detail. Students will also gain knowledge of basic computer fundamentals and will learn how to implement, navigate, and operate Microsoft Office, Windows, and the Internet. Any student completing the program will be prepared for Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and will have the necessary skills for employment in many computer fields. 

Through a unique partnership with RACC, interested honors-level students can participate in the Berks County Technical Academy which provides college-bound students the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills and earn college credit, free of charge, toward an Associate's Degree while still in high school. Upon high school graduation, successful students in the Berks County Technical Academy will have completed 8 college level courses and 23 credits toward the RACC Business Management degree.

Recommended Scope and Sequence This link will connect you to the scope and sequence which lists the recommended high school and postsecondary courses for students in this program of study. This information will be valuable when scheduling courses or investigating postsecondary options. It is recommended that students take the highest level academics possible in order to take full advantage of their program. These rigorous academics will provide a seamless transition into postsecondary education without remediation and provide a student with the general knowledge necessary for the industry.

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Potential Earnings
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Job Titles
11-9199.02 Compliance Manager
15-1131 Computer Programmers
15-1141 Database Administrator

43-3071 Tellers
43-4051 Customer Service Rep
43-9011 Computer Operators

Articulation Agreements
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Lincoln Technical Institute
Berks Technical Institute
McCann's School of Business
Reading Area Community College

Student Certifications:
Microsoft Office Specialist - Excel
Microsoft Office Specialist - Word
Microsoft Office Specialist - Powerpoint
Microsoft Office Specialist - Access
Microsoft Office Specialist - Outlook
Microsoft Office Master
Internet and Computing Core Certification
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute

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Michelle SabatucciMrs. Michelle Merkel

I graduated from Muhlenberg High School in 1999 and attended Kutztown University where I majored in Computer Science. I received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in May 2003. I have three dogs and two cats.

Date of Hire: September 2005

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Kutztown University

Occupational Competency Assessment Certificate – Temple University
Vocational I Certificate - Temple University
Vocational II Certificate - Temple University
CompTIA – IT Fundamentals
IC3 – Computing Fundamentals
IC3 – Key Applications
IC3 – Living Online
Sage MAS 90 – MAS 200 Core Applications w/Payroll

Occupational Experience
Development associate for two years at Opportunity HouseDocument
Preparer for Stell Environmental

Community Service
Volunteer EMT for 10 years

I love the beach and summer. I have a big heart when it comes to animals so I am always trying to help them. I also enjoy riding my four-wheeler and dirt bike.

Developing computer programs is an art. It takes a special person with an extraordinary amount of patience to succeed in the field. Take pride in everything you do to establish that sense of responsibility and commitment to yourself. Every personal accomplishment makes you a stronger, more respectful person.

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