• Office Assistant Curriculum

  • One-Year Certificate

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

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    Students who are self-starters with strong organizational skills and who are detail-oriented can use this program to gain entry into positions in any industry or business. The program allows students to learn to manage time and develop human relations expertise while developing a professional attitude and project management skills. Office assistants ensure that offices run smoothly with technology training in Microsoft Office software.

    Employment opportunities for full-time, temporary or part-time work in the Portland metropolitan area are excellent. The demand for office support personnel is high in both the private and public sectors. Students eager to enter the world of work at an entry-level position will find this program appealing.

    For further advising assistance, students are highly encouraged to follow the Web link “Additional Program Information” found on this program’s Web page at Career and Technical Programs by Subject.

    Program Outcomes
    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Apply standard English rules in clear, concise and effective business communications
    • Apply critical thinking and technology skills to select appropriate software to solve a business problem
    • Use communication software to set up and manage meetings
    • Demonstrate accuracy and skill in handling the telephone
    • Demonstrate competence in production of business documents
    • Evaluate the validity of a website when using the Internet for information searches
    • Organize records with both manual and electronic filing methods

    Note: Basic keyboarding skills are required before beginning the program.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA101 Introduction to Business 4
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 4
    BT101 Office Careers Survey 1
    BT110 Business Editing 3
    BT121 Keyboarding Principles 2-3
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BT111 Editing Techniques 3
    BT116 Communication Technologies 3
    BT125 Microsoft Word Training 3
    BT210ZIO Internet for the Business Professional 2
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development 3
    BT126 Microsoft Word Simulation 3
    BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio or
    HD209RES Developing Your Resume
    PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
    Fourth Quarter (Summer)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BT118 Records and Information Management 3
    BA205 Business Communications 4
    MTH058 Quantitative Reasoning I or
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio or
    HD209RES Developing Your Resume
    Total Credits: 55-57

    Additional Coursework
    In selecting additional coursework, the student should consult with the faculty adviser. Students may choose to earn the Office Software Specialist certificate or expand employment opportunities further by taking additional coursework in the associate degree program.