Dec 01, 2020  
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog 
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office Assistant

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Choose this program to train for a career as a receptionist or office assistant. Employers such as physician’s offices, law firms, temporary help agencies, and consulting firms are in need of skilled office staff. You could also work for manufacturing and industrial firms, telecommunications companies, and retail and wholesale organizations, plus many other businesses that need office clerical support.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in touch keyboarding at 40 wpm on a three minute timing with a three error limit.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate 73 percent competency in word processing, written business communication, business math, effective oral communication skills, office skills and procedures, and MS Windows.

Program Entry Information

The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate.

  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085  , and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092  .
  • ACCUPLACER score of 50 in Arithmetic or a grade of C or better in MATH 090  

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.



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