The Paralegal Program is designed to prepare students for employment in a law environment in both public and private sectors. The paralegal graduate will be performing legal preparations, such as closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Other duties include the gathering of relevant facts of cases, identifying appropriate laws and decisions, organizing information, and preparing legal arguments. Paralegals work in government agencies, law firms, corporations, real estate firms, as well as non-profit organizations. The demand for paralegal professionals is expected to increase by more than 50% over the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The paralegal degree program at Eastern Gateway Community College is open to any high school graduate or any person who has earned a GED certificate.
Upon successful completion of the degree in paralegal, the graduate will be able to:
• Apply their knowledge in rendering direct assistance to attorneys, law offices, judges, the government, corporations, insurance companies, banking institutions, and real estate offices. • Be proficient in the areas of preparing legal drafts and documents. • Explain the concept of paralegal ethics and law office procedure. • Be proficient in areas of legal research, drafting and writing. • Use a combination of the Internet and internal and external library sources
Internet and Interactive Digital Media Design combines the study of web design, Internet technologies, digital animation, graphics, and computer programming with written and oral communication skills, graphic arts, and business knowledge to prepare students for careers in information technology, entrepreneurial opportunities, or transfer to a bachelor’s degree. Students who complete the required coursework earn the Associate of Applied Business degree.
Second, students study writing, statistics, public speaking, and art to foster skills vital for career or continued educational advancement. Students learn to express critical ideas both written and verbally in a logical and concise manner so their creativity can effectively contribute to their further success. Finally, students choose from a variety of electives based upon their interests and desired goals.
Upon successful completion of the AAB Degree in Internet and Interactive Digital Media Design, students will:
• Develop a portfolio exhibiting a body of work including websites, digital images and graphics, digital animations, electronic and print publications, games and simulations, programs, and traditional art. • Design websites using industry standard tools; demonstrate a professional level understanding of Internet technologies, web languages, and emerging technologies. • Create original and edit existing digital images, graphics, publications, animations, and other digital media applications using industry standard tools and apply fundamental theoretical knowledge necessary for digital media professionals. • Write original and edit existing programs and scripts in languages commonly used in digital media at a professional level. • Demonstrate professionalism by working in teams as well as individually, understanding client needs, giving presentations, writing reports, conducting research, meeting deadlines, and employing critical problem solving skills.
To achieve these outcomes, most courses in the program of study combine theoretical concepts with hands-on, project-based learning. Student must demonstrate a high level of competency in each area to gain an edge in the highly competitive field of Internet and Interactive Digital Media.
In addition to transfer opportunities, graduates are prepared for careers as web developers, web programmers, Internet/Intranet application developer, independent designer or programmer, freelance digital artist, positions in advertising, graphic design and layout, instructional design, or as an assistant at regional software/game development companies.
The Business Management Program is designed to provide the educational background to enable graduates to pursue careers in management. Employment forecasters predict that a shortage of supervisors will exist during the next decade. Business management technicians will be needed to fill these openings.
As a result of analyzing the business world, the business management courses have been developed so that the business management technician will understand all the interdependent aspects of business activities. This knowledge will make the business management technician a valuable member of the management team.
Areas of concentration in this program are leadership, human resources, finance, marketing, total quality management, accounting, and computer information.
Graduates are employed in career areas such as credit, real estate, purchasing, public relations, retailing, operations, account representatives, and banking. Numerous graduates are self-employed. The technical business training provided at Eastern Gateway Community College lends itself to employment in a wide variety of business positions.
Upon successful completion of the degree in business management, the graduate will be able to:
• Work in and lead work teams. • Understand and prepare a business plan. • Understand and prepare a marketing plan. • Identify and utilize the four functions of management.
The Professional Office Management Program will prepare students for the continuously changing roles and responsibilities of the office professional. This program emphasizes administrative skills essential to any professional office, with a strong emphasis on current software packages and administrative communication. POM program skills will enable a graduate to assume responsibility without direct supervision, display initiative, exercise judgement and prepare professional business documents.
Individuals will develop competencies in office procedures, software application, accounting skills, organizational skills, supervisory skills, office management skills, time management and project management, as well as “soft” skills employers demand. Individuals in this capacity may also be required to train and supervise lower-level office staff. In addition to the required studies, the POM completer will participate in a Capstone Course focusing on employment preparation by incorporating learning objectives.
This program is designed to prepare the Professional Office Management student to professionally manage an office for small or corporate businesses.
Upon completion of the degree in professional office management, the graduate will be able to:
Work independently and/or collaboratively as a team in providing support to key management personnel to meet the needs of the organization.
Utilize industry tools, resources, technology, and software to facilitate, create, access, report and analyze business information.
Plan, implement and manage business data and information by applying and adhering to standard office policies, procedures, and practices.
Exhibit professional and ethical conduct in both personal and professional relationships according to office protocol.
Develop, read and provide verbal, written and electronic instructions, directions and procedures; responding appropriately to co-workers, clients and other professionals.
Create, input, edit, organize, and print various data/business documents accurately and according to business industry standards using available office technology.
Manage personnel, projects, and information processes.
Demonstrate effective and appropriate formal and informal communication (verbal and written) in diverse work environments.
Employ critical thinking, analytical problem-solving skills, and ethical decision-making techniques to address work-related issues.
Research information using a variety of resources to accomplish tasks in the workplace environment.
The Accounting Program is designed to prepare students for employment in entry level positions in both public and private accounting. The program also will prepare the student who wishes to continue towards a four-year degree in accounting. As a paraprofessional, the program graduate is an important member of the management team performing cost analysis, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of conventional financial statements, and utilizing knowledge of a firm’s records to suggest improvements.
Students will have experience using computers for accounting applications, including spreadsheets, integrated general ledger packages, and payroll packages.
Eastern Gateway Community College accounting graduates are currently employed by both public and private accounting firms and by a broad variety of large and small businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Many of our accounting graduates have also successfully pursued bachelor’s degrees and CPA licenses.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:
• Prepare and maintain a set of manual or computerized financial accounting records for a corporation or a sole proprietorship in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, including daily transactions and the analysis of complex transactions. • Complete all end-of-period work, including the adjusting and closing process, and the preparation and analysis of the four financial statements. • Apply theory and practical applications of managerial accounting systems, including cost principles, for a manufacturer, merchandiser, and a service provider. • Prepare simple individual income tax returns and research tax questions. • Prepare and maintain payroll records.