Business Specialist | Western Technical College

Business Specialist

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 



Financial Aid Eligible

Typical Start: 

Fall, Spring

Gain a strong foundational understanding of business management as well as enhanced skills in leadership, business communications, critical thinking, and problem solving with Western's Business Specialist technical diploma. This program emphasizes fundamental business knowledge through exposure to broad areas such as human resources, finance, leadership strategies, process control, computer applications, and basic business law.

You'll come away with relevant skills and abilities to achieve your professional and personal goals. This technical diploma program is a pathway to the Business Management associate degree for those who are interested in further advancement. Courses are offered entirely online or in a blended format that combines in-person and online learning to meet your preferred learning needs.

Business Specialist Image
Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Business Specialist

This program will cost about $4,816* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Business Specialist 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding15
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education12
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Printing Assistant

Career Opportunities

Administrative Officer/Specialist
Business Manager
Business Administrator

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Business Specialist

Career Pathways

Tell Me More

Still have questions about our programs? Fill out this form.