Southwestern College

Program Overview

The Administrative Office Assistant - Bilingual and the Legal Office Assistant - Bilingual Intensive Training Programs as well as the Payroll Clerk Program at Southwestern College prepare students to work in general business or legal offices.

Administrative Office Assistant - Bilingual Intensive Training: students are trained to work in a bilingual office setting in an entry-level position, learning office procedures, telephone techniques, reception skills, document processing, keyboarding skills, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Access.

Legal Office Assistant - Bilingual Intensive Training: students are trained in basic legal terminology, legal forms, and office procedures required in public and private legal offices, clinics, and the courts.

Payroll Clerk: this entry-level program trains students with the skills required to prepare and maintain the payroll of a business with the use of computer technology. Students learn basic payroll and record keeping skills required by all small and mid-size business organizations.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Achievement

  • Administrative Assistant - Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Intensive Training Legal Office Assistant - Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Intensive Training

Certificate of Proficiency

  • Payroll Clerk

Career Options

Career options include receptionist, office assistant, payroll clerk, bookkeeper, clerk typist, word processor, secretary, legal office clerk, legal secretary, legal assistant, education secretary, administrative assistant, executive assistant, virtual office assistant, interpreter/translator, bilingual, and office supervisor. Many entry level positions are available in business, industry, education, and government for students with solid technical, organizational, and communication skills.

Contact Us

Marisa Soler-McElwain, LL.M.

Department Chair


Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5597

Last updated: 8/8/2016 4:34:14 PM