Business Technology

Career Confidence! Leeward’s Business Technology Program prepares you for employment. It’s as simple as that! Our program offers you practical skills for today’s competitive work environment. You can gain entry into just about any industry as office staff and learn about the company from the inside out.

As a Business Tech major, you’ll acquire critical office and IT skills, along with communication and organizational proficiencies. You’ll also enhance your confidence and develop customer service excellence. It’s the perfect path for upgrading your skills for a job promotion or career change and even continuing on for your bachelor’s degree. Ask about our articulation agreements with the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Degree and Certificates Requirements

About the Program

The time to complete the certificates or the degree varies from one to four semesters. To obtain the associate degree in two years, you have to take an average of 15 credits/semester.

Costs: tuition and fees

Associate in Science and Certificate of Competence
Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  • Work as a responsible member of a team to meet an organization’s objectives.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in work quality, appearance, attitude, and workplace behavior as required in a diverse business environment.
  • Use current and emerging technologies effectively to create and manage documents and handle multiple priorities.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively through oral and written interactions, complying with standard office etiquette.
  • Use research and decision-making skills to make informed choice consistent with personal and organizational goals.
  • Apply appropriate strategies to secure employment, retain a job, and advance in a career.

Academic Subject Certificate in Business Technology Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Have skills and competencies essential for successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Identify and respond to customer needs by applying professional behaviors and ethical standards in the workplace.
  • Use appropriate technological tools to research, prepare, process, and communicate information and data to solve problems.
  • Manage and maintain an effective office environment.
  • Use business mathematics/accounting procedures to process basic financial transactions.
  • Work in a business environment recognizing one’s role in world community issues with a respect for diverse cultures and differing worldviews while embracing a sense of pride in one’s own regional values and historical heritage.
  • Explore various career opportunities in the business community.
  • Maintain proficiency in business technology by participating in on-going professional development in the business community.

Certificate of Competence in Virtual Office Assistant Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Use computer and technology tools effectively to support the business needs of the Virtual Assistant's (VA) clientele by using current and emerging technologies to create and manage documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.
  • Use basic accounting methods to support recordkeeping needs.
  • Demonstrate proficiency using and maintaining social media tools, creating business and marketing plans, and sustaining a competitive advantage in the Virtual Assistant industry.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in work quality, appearance, attitude, and workplace behavior as required in a diverse business environment by completing an administrative or Virtual Assistant internship.

Warren Y. Kawano, Assistant Professor CC, Business Technology; B.Ed., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, M.B.A., Hawai‘i Pacific University

Lynette Kuuipo Lum, Assistant Professor CC, Business Technology; B.S., Central Michigan University 

Stanley May, Professor CC, Business Technology; B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Kay Ono, Professor CC, Business Technology; B.S., M.A., Loma Linda University

Valarie Cesar, eSearch Hawai‘i

Ford Chinen, Human Resources Administrator, Kamehameha Schools

Brandy Fukuda, Department of Human Resources, City & County of Honolulu

Karen Chung, Executive Secretary, Hawaiian Electric, Power Supply

Kathleen T. Kang-Kaulupali, Pharm.D., Pharmaceutical Consultant, DUR Coordinator, Department of Human Services, State of Hawai‘i

Brian Moriki, Records Management Department, First Hawaiian Bank

Steve Painter, Disabled Veteran Outreach Programs (DVOP) O‘ahu Workforce Development Division

Monchalee Steiger, Marketing Manager, The Queen’s Health Systems

Emy Yamauchi-Wong, CSP, Manager, Altres Staffng

Ha‘aheo Zablan, Food & Beverage Guest Service Manager, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa