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April 21, 2015 : VIDEO: Accounting Technology and Business Management Technology Featured on Monthly TV Show
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

 

Lancaster – The Business Management Technology and the Accounting Technology Associate’s Degree programs were featured on this month’s edition of Fairfield Today at OUL. Both programs teach students essential skills in the business administration field.
 
Business Management Professor Brian Hoyt said the main objective of the Business Management Technology two-year degree is to prepare students for entry-level supervisory positions.
 
“It’s a skill-building program,” said Hoyt. “It prepares students for positions in retail, finance/banking, manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare at the supervisory level.  It’s frontline or first-line supervision.  They develop skills to manage activities in their organization.”
 
Hoyt said students learn skills in class that can be applied in follow-up classes and in their workplace.
 
“We’re looking to develop skill sets across the program,” said Hoyt. “Problem solving would be one.  We’ve made a recent commitment to developing what we’re calling ‘excel across the program.’ These are very specific spreadsheet skills that you learn and then apply in the other BMT classes.  Another one is communication. They learn things that supervisors have to do to communicate down, across and up the organization. The last one is data analysis.  You have to be able to use numbers to solve problems, plan, organize and make good decisions.”
 
A secondary objective of the BMT program is to prepare students to continue with their educations and pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Many BMT students go on to pursue a Bachelor’s in Applied Management, Communication Studies, Specialized Studies, or Bachelor’s in Technical Applied Studies.
 
Associate Professor of Accounting Janet Becker said accounting students often times pursue a four-year degree upon completion of her program.  She said they leave the accounting program with a very important business skill that can be used in all facets of an organization.
 
“One thing about accountants is that they tend to understand the numbers,” said Becker. “That is so critical in business.  They can look at financial reports, and they understand them. A lot of accounting students will find that as they progress in their careers they are also well-suited to smoothly transition into other areas.  Understanding the numbers comes from understanding the business.  This makes for a very versatile skill set, highly in demand.”
 
Becker said an accounting degree gives students many job options.  She said nearly every organization has an accounting department.  Graduates can take their skills and apply them to many different types of businesses.
 
“When they’re finished, they can either get an entry level job in the accounting field, things like general bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, general ledger work, or taxes,” said Becker.
 
More information on the 11 Bachelor’s degrees and 15 associate’s degrees offered at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington can be found at http://www.ohio.edu/lancaster/academics/degreesandprograms.cfm   The monthly “Fairfield Today at OUL” is a television program that airs on the Lancaster Schools Network.