Your Curriculum

Office Assistant
Certificate Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Robin Brush
: 503-491-7174 - Room AC 2663
(Students with last name beginning A-F)

Brenda Houchen: 503-491-7431 - Room AC 2661
(Students with last name beginning G-N)

Anna Johnson: 503-491-7686 - Room AC 2662
(Students with last name beginning O-Z)

Administrative Office Professional
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For program costs, completions and job placement information, please click here.

Students who are self-starters with strong organizational skills and who are detail-oriented can use this program to gain entry into positions in any industry or business. The program allows students to learn to manage time and develop human relations expertise while developing professional attitude and project management skills. Office assistants ensure that offices run smoothly with technology training in Microsoft Office software.

Employment opportunities for full-time, temporary or part-time work in the Portland metropolitan area are excellent. The demand for office support personnel is high in both the private and public sectors. Students eager to enter the world of work at an entry-level position will find this program appealing.

For further advising assistance, students are highly encouraged to follow the Web link “Additional Program Information” found on this program’s Web page at

First Quarter (Filing Clerk) Cr
BT101 Office Careers Survey 1
BT110 Business Editing 3
BT118 Records and Information Management 3
BT121B Keyboard Formatting1,2 or
BT121 Keyboarding Principles1,2 or
BT122 Professional Keyboarding1,3
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1,3 4
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)3,4 4
Second Quarter (Clerk/Receptionist)
BT111 Editing Techniques 3
BT116 Communication Technologies 3


Professional Keyboarding1, 5 or
BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development1, 5
BT125 Microsoft Word Training1 3
WR121 English Composition3 4
Third Quarter (Office Clerk)
BT126 Microsoft Word Simulation1 3
BT225 Document Processing1 3
BT250 Procedures for the Office Team 3
BA205 Business Communications3 4
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations 3
MO214 Building A Professional Portfolio or
HD209RES Developing Your Resume

1 Minimum typing skill level is required.
2Students with no keyboarding and no formatting experience should select BT121; students able to touch type but with no formatting knowledge should select BT121B; students with touch type and formatting skills should select BT122.
3See course description for prerequisite.
4A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
5BT122 may not be repeated. Only students who complete BT122 in the first quarter may select BT123A.

Additional Coursework
In selecting additional coursework, the student should consult with the faculty adviser. Students may choose to earn the Office Software Specialist certificate or expand employment opportunities further by taking additional coursework in the associate degree program.

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