Business Education Department: Information Management/Microsoft Computer Applications Specialist Program


Garnet Career Center's Business Education Department was organized in January, 1971, as part of the Continuous Education Program of the Kanawha County School System. The school is in session year round with classes arranged on a semester basis.  Students may enter and exit in February and August.

Philosophy of Education
The goal of the Business Education Department is to provide a flexible and inexpensive program for adults of all ages who have a high school diploma or equivalent and who wish to enter or re-enter the business world with marketable skills. The program combines classroom instruction with an on-the-job learning experience that is consistent with student occupational objectives. Students are taught occupational competencies that are needed to obtain employment, succeed on the job, adjust to the employment environment, and advance in occupations of their choice.

The program provides students with training in the latest word processing, data processing, and accounting programs: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access), and CompTIA A+ certification.

Consistent with the philosophy of the Kanawha County Board of Education, we strive to provide a quality program of instruction with high standards for academic achievement. All students, regardless of race, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, economic or social status, have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential in acquiring life-long skills. Moreover, the Business Education program shall transmit the attitudes, competencies, and values that help students attain self-sufficiency, positive self-image, and readiness for positive work experiences.


School Hours
Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday,  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. New classes begin in January and July.

School holidays are in compliance with the Kanawha County School calendar.


Part-Time Students
Students who want to take only a few classes are admitted when they submit an application, high school diploma/TASC (GED), and attend an orientation session. Part time students may audit or receive grades and a certificate of completion for each class, upon successful completion of the class and full payment of tuition. The semester includes 135 instructional hours per class.


Financial Assistance
Financial Aid information is available to students enrolled or enrolling in the program. For information, please call 304-348-6195 and ask to speak to the financial aid advisor. The Business Education Program is approved for the following: Veteran’s Benefits, Division of Rehabilitation, Worker’s Compensation, Federal Pell Grant, WV HEAPS/ Workforce Development Fund. (See the Financial Aid tab at the top of the screen.) Most 529 Plans are accepted, however student loans are not accepted.


The teachers in the Business Education Department are fully certified under West Virginia State Department of Education standards in their field. Each instructor has attained an advanced college degree and has received training in the techniques and methods of teaching adults. In addition, the instructors are continually involved in professional development opportunities and technology training for new equipment and software.



Mary Perdue- M.A. Business Education, Marshall University; B.S. Secondary Education, West Virginia State College.


Entrance Requirements

  • The applicant must have a high school diploma or TASC (GED).
  • The applicant must complete an application to the program and pay a $100 fee.
  • The applicant must take a pre-entry assessment exams as established by the school at the cost of $20.00.
  • The applicant must attend orientation as scheduled.



Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified that the Kanawha County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the Kanawha County School District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title IX or Section 504 is directed to contact: Title IX: Title IX Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 348-1379; Section 504: Section 504 Coordinator, Kanawha County Board of Education, 200 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311-2119, phone 348-1366. These persons have been designated by the Kanawha County School District to coordinate the efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title IX and Section 504.