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Program Overview

The study of Office Information Systems is a field within the School of Business and Technology that provides concepts and skills requisite for contemporary work environments where the emphasis is on team building and technology. The role of secretary, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, and transcriptionist will become more challenging and dynamic in the next decade. Students learn traditional secretarial skills, mastery of office technology and computers, communication techniques, and how to exercise initiative and sound judgment in their work.

The Virtual Office Professional is designed for: 1) People who want to promote and maintain all aspects of a small business on the Internet. 2) Individuals who want to work as virtual office and administrative support professionals. The basic program provides students with the skills and knowledge required to create and maintain a virtual (Web- and technology-based) business. Entrepreneurs and people involved in a variety of enterprises can learn to conduct their business online. The Virtual Office Professional—Intermediate program focuses on key skills required for positions that utilize virtual administrative support personnel, including executive assistants and office support specialists and provides further training in creating, marketing, and managing a virtual office. Topics include time management, workplace customization, evaluation of equipment and technology, communication methods that utilize advanced technologies, and business ethics. These virtual office professionals need strong computer and technology skills which can be acquired by completion of these certificate/degree programs. Students may take a career ladder approach in achieving all three levels of the program by completing the basic certificate, finding a job in the field, and continuing their education. They can then complete the intermediate certificate and the associate in science degree while continuing to work in the field.

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Program Awards

Associate Degree

OIS: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)-Advanced - Certificate of Achievement


OIS: Office Information Systems Professional - Associate in Science

Associate Degree

OIS: Office Information Systems Professional-Advanced - Certificate of Achievement


OIS: Office Information Systems Professional-Basic - Certificate of Proficiency


OIS: Office Information Systems Professional-Bilingual - Associate in Science

Associate Degree

OIS: Office Information Systems Professional-Bilingual-Advanced - Certificate of Achievement


OIS: Office Information Systems Professional-Bilingual-Basic - Certificate of Achievement


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Program Contacts

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Office Information Systems


Mink Stavenga Dean
Marisa Soler-McElwain Department Chair