Business Occupational Training prepares individuals for full-time, unsubsidized employment and provides students with specific skills to increase their employability. Many of the programs can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, but classes are offered during daytime only.
Interested students will be required to verify previous college coursework completed with an average of "C+" or above, or take a reading assessment test. Select programs require submission of PA Criminal History Report Information, a completed physical form and/or proof of valid health insurance.
Funding for these training programs may be available to individuals meeting the requirements established by the Berks County Employment and Training Office, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or through Berks County CareerLink.
Additionally, prospective students may apply for financial aid.
For questions about these programs, please contact the Office of Career Training, Community Education and Professional Development at 610-375-8188.
Business Occupational Programs
This program prepares those possessing three to five years of business or clerical experience to upgrade to the Administrative Assistant level. The initial module will include Word Processing I, Business Management and Business English. The second module includes advanced administrative skills such as accounting, spreadsheets and publishing. Students will complete a 200-hour internship. This course is 656 hours and has a tuition cost of $6,520.
Office Assistant with Computer Applications*
This program is designed to build basic clerical skills with an emphasis on developing computer application skills. Students will be prepared to enter the business world as clerical support personnel, receptionists, correspondence clerks and data entry clerks. Students complete a 150-hour internship. This course is 558 hours and has a tuition of $5,830.
This program will assist those students who need to gain valuable computer software training. Included in this program are classes in word processing, spreadsheets, and an introduction to computers. Students will also become proficient in desktop publishing, Microsoft Access and PowerPoint. This program is 231 hours and has a tuition cost of $3,330.
* All Occupational Training courses offered require an administrative fee of $20. Tuition does not include the cost of books. Some programs have prerequisites that involve fees that will be incurred by the student (i.e. physical, criminal history report). Financial Aid opportunities may be available based on your individual situation.