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Office Communications Specialist

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The Anoka Technical College Office Communications Specialist certificate program is designed to assist students in developing and preparing for an office job. Courses are designed to develop skills in:

  • Grammar
  • Proofing and editing
  • Writing proposals, newsletters, blogs, etc.
  • Written and verbal communications skills

Program Details

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The Anoka Technical College Office Communications Specialist certificate program is designed to assist students in developing and preparing for an office position focusing on business communications. Written and verbal communications skills are polished with classes designed to develop grammar, proofreading, editing.

This program at Anoka Technical College provides students the opportunity to develop the grammar, punctuation, usage, and writing skills necessary to create, proofread, and edit polished business messages and oral presentations.

These skills can be used in any job that requires the office professional to proof, edit, or write proposals, newsletters, website content, blogs, press releases, social media posts, presentations, promotional materials, and various other types of publications based on industry specifics.

Students are prepared to work in this position through completion of courses in Business English and Written Business Communications which provide students with advanced instruction and practice in grammar, usage, punctuation, and business writing concepts.
Administrative Office Procedures provides students the opportunity to learn and practice positive team behaviors and to polish their individual written and verbal communications skills.

  1. Define and recognize business etiquette and professionalism in the workplace and exhibit these skills in class interactions and communications such as e-mail and the discussion board.
  2. Show basic keyboarding competency.
  3. Utilize software applications necessary for efficient office operations including file management, e-mail, calendaring, search engines, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  4. Employ intermediate to advanced Microsoft Word skills to create and edit flyers, letters, and reports while utilizing templates, mail merge, and building blocks.
  5. Recognize and use correct mechanics, grammar, punctuation, and usage appropriate for professional business communications.
  6. Express thoughts clearly, concisely, and appropriately in verbal and written format by consistently using correct formatting and message approach (direct, indirect).
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of roles and functions of various professionals; collaborate and problem-solve as part of the office team.

Office Communications Specialists use their writing and verbal communications skills to represent their company across various media platforms. Office communications specialists may perform a full range of office tasks in addition to communications task. They create, record, edit, and store correspondence including reports, tables, and forms.

Communications specialists help businesses by managing internal and external communications of a company and represent the company to the outside world. They may draft media statements, answer media inquiries, compile publications, plan events and press conferences. Their general responsibility is to handle information output, such as press releases and media requests, social media and/or advertising efforts.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 8
 ADSC 1003  Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding  2
 ADSC 1045  Administrative Office Procedures 4
 COMP 1002  Computer Technologies for Communication 2
Spring Semester 10
ADSC 1010  Keyboarding I 3
 ADSC 1031  Business English
 ADSC 1206  Written Business Communications

Students can choose to complete this program part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guide.

Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisors for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Fall or Spring Start Courses

ADSC 1003, COMP 1002

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If you need help picking out your first semester courses, reach out to your faculty advisor or enrollment services.

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

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Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

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Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January

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