A certificate focuses on the core curriculum of a program. These courses provide the information and skills necessary for performing the job duties of a specific profession. A degree includes the entire core curriculum, as well as a broad range of academic courses.
Yes, you can take a proficiency exam for OFTI 1100 (Introduction to Computer Keyboarding), OFTI 1120 (Speed Development Keyboarding), OFTI 1200 (MS Office for Professional Staff), and OFTI 1210 (Word Processing I). You can earn credit by demonstrated competency for OFTI 1100 (Introduction to Computer Keyboarding) by successfully completing OFTI 1110 (Document Formatting) with a C or higher. Contact the Testing Office at www.cod.edu/testing for details. Or see OFTI PROFICIENCY EXAMS for details.
An administrative assistant performs administrative and office support activities for multiple supervisors. Duties may include fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, filing, and faxing. Extensive software skills are required, as well as Internet research abilities and strong communication skills. Staff in this category also may have the title of department assistant, coordinator or associate.
A glossary of administrative support job descriptions is posted on the International Association of Administrative Professionals website at www.iaap-hq.org/careers/job descriptions.
Casey Emerich, Instructor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1427, (630) 942-2472
Teresa Dietz, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008, (630) 942-3997
Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1E13, (630) 942-2081
Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592