Administrative Assistant

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For more information contact:
Vickie Volk • Technical Center 132B  • 701-224-5505

Program Description
Bismarck State College offers students training in administrative support staff positions for a wide variety of one- and two-year programs. All students work with the latest computer technology and learn a variety of software applications. In addition to classroom study, students gain on-the-job experience through a cooperative education/internship program.

The Administrative Assistant - General program is available 100% online as well as on campus.

Students should enjoy working with software applications, be detail-oriented and like working in an office environment. They also should be good at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and written and oral communication skills. Employers also look for customer service and interpersonal skills. High school students should study business and technology courses and English composition.

Program Requirements
Students who successfully complete a two-year program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Those who successfully complete a one-year program earn a Program Certificate. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams offer students the opportunity to earn industry certifications.

Students entering these programs should have basic keyboarding skills or enroll in BOTE 102 - Keyboarding I. The program requires students have access to Microsoft Office Suite, which includes Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Career Opportunities
Administrative support staff represents one of the largest occupational groups in the United States. Secretaries and administrative assistants are employed in every type of organization. Most are in service-providing industries ranging from education and health care to government and retail. Others work in corporate settings. Demand is forecast to exceed supply for many years. Support staff positions can often serve as stepping-stones to management for those interested in advancement.