The Anoka Technical College Office Software Specialist certificate program is to assist students in developing and preparing for an office job. Courses are designed to develop Microsoft software such as:
The Office Software Specialist certificate program at Anoka Technical College prepares students to use advanced software skills to find employment in virtually any industry. Support professionals who can effectively use the features of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access-- and know how these software programs integrate to streamline and perform more efficient business applications-- are more productive and contribute to the organization and productivity of an office. Microsoft Office skills are one of the top three job requirements listed in recruitment ads for office support professionals (Microsoft Office Specialist Productivity Study, Certiport, 2012).
Upon graduation, students will be prepared for employment in this position through completion of advanced coursework in each of the Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Coursework in QuickBooks, the leading software used for bookkeeping applications in business, is included to prepare students for bookkeeping-related positions in accounts receivable, accounts payable, insurance or other accounting-related support positions.
Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completing basic math, basic English, and/or reading courses with a “C” or better.
The Office Software Specialist graduate will achieve the following learning outcomes.
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In this information-intensive economy, support professionals with advanced software skills are highly sought after by employers in a wide variety of industries. Most job applicants have some familiarity with Microsoft Word; however, individuals who can carry out mail merges, format documents expertly, and execute other complex functions will stand out above the rest. Business is data-driven, and office professionals who possess the know-how to integrate Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access to organize and manipulate information are in particularly high demand. Having the ability to create dynamic presentations for bosses and colleagues in PowerPoint is essential. QuickBooks is used in business for accounting, payroll, invoicing, reporting and more. If you’re seeking a job in a bookkeeping administrative role, a working knowledge of QuickBooks is definitely an asset.
Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
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