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Office Assistant Overview

Prepare for the rapidly changing office environment with the Office Assistant program. Throughout this one-year technical diploma, students learn to integrate computer, human relations, and communication skills to work individually and in a business team setting.

Throughout the program you will develop or enhance your professional skills and gain the ability to:

  • use a variety of computer software packages
  • format and produce business documents
  • exhibit excellent customer relations skills in person and over the telephone
  • accurately file and manage records
  • understand the basics of email and the Internet
  • use spelling, punctuation, and grammar correctly
  • display a professional attitude, appearance, and behavior
  • enhance your organizational skills
  • communicate effectively in oral and written communication

Many qualities and traits are essential to a successful office assistant. Some characteristics you'll find emphasized in this program are: 

  • honesty and integrity
  • flexibility
  • a positive attitude, confidence, and poise
  • organizational and time management skills
  • a professional image

An internship in a local business office is included in the second semester of this program.

Part of a career pathway, the Office Assistant technical diploma credits apply toward the Administrative Professional associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Account Clerk

Administrative Assistant

Appointment Coordinator

Clerical Assistant

Customer Service Representative


Graduate Employers

Dove Healthcare

Safran Test Cells

John W. Dittman Trucking LLC

Just the Facts

Office Assistant
29 Credit Technical Diploma

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $6,888

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Office Assistant program.

Meeting & Event Planning
Topics include aspects of the event management process such as: goal setting and objectives, establishing an event theme, planning event logistics, facility set up, and follow-up activities.

Human Resources, Intro
This course examines the role of human resources and goals of human resource management in today's organizations. Students explore the importance and impact of human resource functions on the overall strategy of organizations.

Payroll Accounting
Students will learn to make the payroll calculations and record keeping, including social security taxes, income tax withholding, and other deductions.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Office Assistant Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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100% of our recent Office Assistant graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Office Assistant professionals make an average starting salary of $35,690.


Regional Jobs

There are 511 job openings in the CVTC district for the Office Assistant industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Focus On Student Success

CVTC provides great hands on experience and gives skills to prepare for a job before graduation.

Office Assistant Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Administrative Professional, Associate Degree

Office Receptionist, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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