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Technical Diploma/Certificate | College of Applied Technology at Harriman

Technical Diploma/Certificate

Major: Administrative Office Technology
Concentration: Administrative Assistant
College of Applied Technology at Harriman
Clock Hours Required: 1,296

Program Description

The Administrative Office Technology program is designed to develop skills through technical training necessary for entry-level employment in an office setting of the 21st century. The curriculum reflects the use of the latest software applications and state-of-the-art office equipment. During the technical training, students also learn proper office procedures, and interpersonal skills through the strong emphasis of worker characteristics necessary for success in any working environment. Additionally, many of the courses assist the student with the preparation needed to sit for various certification examinations.

Students can earn the following credentials:
  • General Office certificate at the completion of the 1st trimester
  • Office Software Specialist certificate at the completion of the 2nd trimester
  • Administrative Assistant diploma upon completion of all three trimesters
The Administrative Assistant courses leading to diploma completion place an emphasis on helping students understand:
  • The importance of developing effective communication skills.
  • How to create and distribute effective business messages for a diverse workforce.
  • How to build and maintain good customer relationships.
  • Basic accounting tasks and how to prepare, read and analyze financial statements and other budgeting documents.
  • How Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills learned in prior courses can be applied to business projects and assignments.

Full-time students can complete all three trimesters in 12 months (1,296 clock hours); part-time students can complete all three trimesters in 16 months (1,296 clock hours).