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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. After successful completion of the Office Assistant Technical Diploma program, the student may apply these credits to the Executive Assistant program and enter the second year of the program.

Career Opportunities

Account Clerk

Administrative Assistant

Appointment Coordinator

Customer Service Representative

Office Assistant

Just the Facts

Office Assistant
29 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,830

Term 2

$

2,267

Books

$

1,251

Estimated Total:  $6,348

 

  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!

 

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will 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. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Associate Degree

Executive Assistant

Office Assistant Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

// Gainful Employment Data      // Program Outcomes

 

100%
Employed

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

 

$33K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Office Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $32,508.

 

835
Regional Jobs

There are 835 job openings in the CVTC district for the Office Assistant industry.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

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

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

Executive Assistant, 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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