Online courses help NIC students advance office admin careers

NIC’s online Applied Business Technology program allowed Marie Jacobson to balance work, family and study while gaining the expertise she needed to start her own bookkeeping business.

The flexibility of NIC’s online courses made it possible for Marie Jacobson to graduate with two Applied Business Technology certificates by the time her son was a year old.

“I was able to complete my certification while working full time and being pregnant,” said Jacobson who specialized in administrative and computing accounting. “NIC equipped me with skills I use on a daily basis, giving me knowledge and credentials that allow my clients trust me with their confidential information.”

The online program includes a strong support network to help students gain specialized office assistant, administration, computing accounting and office management skills.

This allowed Jacobson to build a career that provided financial stability on a flexible schedule that worked around her family’s needs.

“I had lots of questions regarding the future I was trying to build for my family,” she said. “My accounting teacher (Christian Madarasz) was great at answering questions about the local market. He encouraged me by laying out the courses I would need to complete in order to start a bookkeeping business.”

Like Jacobson, NIC student Jessica Macy chose to study computing accounting online while working full time as a way to advance her career without any drastic lifestyle changes.

“Because the courses were online, I could work full time while studying,” she said. “I am almost graduated and have no student debt which feels great.”

Macy says that program chair Richelle Gardiner-Hynds was one of her biggest supporters.

“She has always gone above and beyond to help me,” said Macy. “She definitely inspired me to keep pushing and helped me gain confidence in myself and my abilities.”

Students interested in registering in NIC’s Applied Business Technology programs should create a study plan with an educational advisor before registration opens for new students Monday, May 28. Continuing students are able to register on Monday, May 14.

Call 1-800-715-0914 to make an advising appointment.

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