Office Administration Program
The successful functioning of any business or organization is enhanced by the professionalism and competency of the front office manager. This is a go-to person with strong communication, collaborative, and problem-solving abilities, and who excels in use of office technology. The office administration program prepares the student for employment positions such as a front office manager for a small business, an executive assistant for a corporate manager, or a department coordinator for a government agency or organization.
Certificates include: office administration; and office administration-logistics. Short-term certificates of proficiency include: clerical assistant and sustainable business leadership.
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Office Administration Degrees and Certificates
Office Administration Classes
Introductory course stressing managerial considerations and systems thinking. Records organization, updating, processing, and retrieval are investigated. Recommended preparation: ENGL& 101.
This course introduces a variety of practical skills, knowledge, and abilities required for effectively completing daily office tasks, including time management, filing, reception, formatting interoffice memos and correspondence, basic business research, travel and meeting planning, selecting, ordering and maintaining office supplies and equipment, understanding business terminology, processing mail, and effective use of phone, fax, and email. Recommended preparation: ENGL& 101.
This course studies the functions, characteristics, advantages and limitations of each type of transportation; major aspects of international transportation, import and export; the role of transportation companies in the US and World economy; an overview of documentation, law and regulations; sustainable and environmental issues related to transportation; and exploration of employment and career opportunities. Recommended preparation: BTEC 101.
This is a comprehensive course covering business organization and relationships; supervisory styles and responsibilities; employee/employer relations; office systems analysis, including work measurement, standards, and simplification; scheduling and managing multiple priorities; budgeting; advanced meeting planning; managing reprographics and mail services; and managing the office environment. Recommended preparation: ENGL& 101.
Formerly BUSAD 203. The student will learn how business managers use accounting and finance concepts to analyze the company, and how managers make informed decisions based on that information. Content includes: risk assessment methods, financial ratios, stocks and bonds to finance operations, tangible and intangible assets, and merchandising operations. Prerequisite: BUS 100 or MATH 97 with a minimum C grade; placement in ENGL& 101.
Formerly BUSAD 280. This class is the first of a three part series. The focus of this course is measuring, tracking, and implementing sustainability in a business/institutional setting. The class will provide a practical introduction to sustainability, business and leadership practices. Topics covered will include: energy efficiency, transportation, water, and zero waste. Recommended preparation: students have professional work experience OR have completed a basic series of business, economics, political science, and/or related coursework.
Formerly BUSAD 281. This is the second course in a three part series. The focus of this course is the sustainable supply chain. Topics covered will include: responsible purchasing, renewable energy, sustainable food, sustainable building and development, and alternate sources of revenue and/or savings. Prerequisite: OFFAD 280 or permission of instructor.
Formerly BUSAD 282. This is the third course in a three part series. The focus of this course is the sustainable business model. Topics covered will include: triple bottom line accounting, leadership skills for change agents, corporate social responsibility, employee ownership, and marketing. Prerequisite: OFFAD 281 or permission of instructor.