2019-2020 Catalog

Office Assistant Certificate of Completion

45 credits

Program Description

The Office Assistant Certificate of Completion prepares students for general office employment. The certificate focuses on skills & knowledge needed for entry-level office employment including records management and filing, math and calculator skills, word processing, presentation, database, and spreadsheet applications, customer service skills, business writing skills, and general workplace competencies necessary for office employment. Students also complete a practicum consisting of experience in a local office.. 

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Office Assistant Certificate will be prepared for employment in entry-level general office positions which are expected to increase in number both in Montana and nationally.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, for Office and Administrative Support Occupations the current average salary in Montana is $32,080.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Certificate of Completion in Office Assistant, graduates will be able to:
  • Manage records in an organization including the ability to file records alphabetically, numerically, geographically, and by subject.
  • Exhibit competency in basic office skills and professionalism in a practicum setting.
  • Demonstrate appropriate Human Relations skills in customer and co-worker interactions.
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets, database and word processing documents commonly used in businesses.
  • Staff and equip an office, along with completing a budget.
  • Solve business math calculations using an electronic calculator.

Curriculum

Fall First Year

BUMG100Introduction to Business

3

CAPP105Computers for College Success

1

GNSD150Career Preparation I

1

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

OFED130Office Essentials

3

Total Credit Hours:14

Winter First Year

CAPP140Word Processing

3

CAPP162Data Management Systems

3

ENGL101English Composition I

3

MATH 103Contemporary Math

5

OFED121Human Relations

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Spring First Year

BUMG160Personal Finance

3

CAPP161Electronic Spreadsheets

3

CAPP170Electronic Presentations

2

GNSD151Career Preparation II

1

OFED261Office Communication and Procedures

3

OFED290Office Practicum

2

Total Credit Hours:14

The Office Professions Department has designated the following courses as meeting the "4 Cs Competencies" in the Office Assistant Certificate of Completion:  Communication: OFED 261 and OFED 121. Critical Thinking: OFED 130. Cultural Understanding: CAPP 140 and CAPP 170. Citizenship: OFED 121.

Total Credit Hours: 45


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