Programs of Study
Accounting Technology students will learn about financial and cost accounting principles and practices as well as managerial accounting, payroll accounting and the fundamentals of the federal income tax laws and will be prepared to continue the pursuit of an accounting degree at a four-year university or direct entry into the workforce. Graduates with the Associate in Applied Science degree may earn positions as a bookkeeper, auditing clerk, payroll specialist or accounts receivable clerk. A short-term certificate in Accounting Specialist is available and teaches QuickBooks, payroll/tax, principles of accounting and microcomputer applications.
Students can utilize Gadsden State’s affordable courses to complete the first two years of Business Administration coursework that may transfer to a four-year university or college. A number of courses from Introduction to Business Administration to Human Resource Management are available.
The Computer Science Technology Program includes industry certifications designed to prepare students to secure a job in the field of information technology. Students gain experience with computer hardware, basic networking, Microsoft Windows products, database applications, web design and current programming languages. Students are prepared for direct entry into the workforce or they can continue their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science Scientific with an engineering/mathematical emphasis. Short-term certificates are available in Business Computing Technology, Computer Support Technology, Web Development Technology, App Development with Swift Coding, Computer Networking Technology and Cyber Security Technology.
Criminal Justice students can complete 48 hours of coursework and internships at Gadsden State before transferring to a four-year school. Courses include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Procedure, Juvenile Delinquency, Police Organization and Administration and more.
An Associate in Applied Science in Marketing Management is available at Gadsden State. The degree requires 68 hours of coursework to complete. Some of the courses offered include Visual Merchandising, Consumer Behavior, Fundamentals of Selling and Advertising and Sales Promotion.
The Network Administration Program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of computer networking with an Associate in Applied Science degree that is supported by industry certification. Online classes are offered for certification by the Computing Technology Industry Association. Instructor-led courses are aligned to the Cisco CCNA certification.
An Associate in Applied Science in Office Administration is available for those seeking employment as an administrative assistant. Degrees are available in general, legal and medical administrative assistant as well as Health Information Technology Management and Medical Coding and Scribing. Short-term certificates requiring 25 hours of coursework are available in Health Information Technology Management (also available as a Hybrid Advantage option), Word Processing Specialist and Medical Coding/Billing Specialist.
Students in Paralegal Studies will receive the skills they need to be employed by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity. Paralegals perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Completion of the program results in an Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal.
Angie Waits, division chair and instructor