General Office Assistant (SC)

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Be the Lifeline of Your Organization

Keep employees sane by anticipating their needs and stocking office supplies before a big meeting. Help plan and schedule the CEO’s sales trip to Beijing. Make sure your department passes an audit with flying colors using your attention to detail to catch any errors as a bookkeeper. LASC’s General Office Assistant Skill Certificate will expand your knowledge of running an office and give you a competitive edge. 

Having an extensive list of skills as an office assistant is always in demand. You’ll schedule appointments, take meeting minutes, coordinate meetings, respond to emails, enter data, and maintain file systems. You play a big part in the effectiveness and productiveness of a company by keeping everything moving through your ability to organize, plan, and complete prep work. No two days will be the same.

Careers as a General Office Assistant

Almost every company and industry needs office support to keep things running, such as healthcare, entertainment, education, manufacturing, and more. You can run all administrative and clerical duties for an organization, coordinate and schedule big meetings and events, or start your own business as a virtual bookkeeper.  

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have by receiving a General Office Assistant Skill Certificate. 

Perform clerical duties, manage and distribute information, send and receive correspondence and keep the office running smoothly. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school or equivalent $43,570/year $20.95/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase

92,170

Perform a variety of administrative tasks including answering phones, typing, word processing, making copies of important documents and maintaining records.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school or equivalent $37,030/year $17.80/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase

125,290

Produce financial records for organizations and check financial records for accuracy. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $47,220/year $22.70/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase

73,990

 

Help customers with questions and complaints, give customers information about products and services, take orders and be the liaison between your company and the customer.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school, some college $40,540/year $19.49/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% decrease

77,870


What You’ll Learn at LASC to be a General Office Assistant 

You can get a Skill Certificate (SC) in General Office Assistant at LASC where you will strengthen your skills and learn how to draft business memos, create presentations, and perform general office duties effectively: 

  • Increase your typing speed to keep up with business demands and new technology. You’ll be able to knock out emails, business letters, and reports quickly and efficiently. 
  • Get hands-on experience using the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook to design, create, and edit word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations to prepare you for any kind of office task. 
  • Check for upcoming events, business and job fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to network with community leaders and local business owners to find potential career opportunities as an office or administrative assistant.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? LASC offers an Associate in Science and an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts degrees in Computer Applications & Office Technology so you can save money to put towards getting your bachelor’s degree by finishing your first two years at LASC! Visit your academic counselor or to find out more.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Skill Certificate in General Office Assistant and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Certificate Code: 514.02
Total Units Required: 16

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Type a minimum of 40 words per minute.
  • Write a business letter using standard business format including 7 elements.
  • Create and demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation.
Required Courses: Units
CAOT 2 Computer Keyboarding II 3
CAOT 31 Business English 3
CAOT 33 Records Management & Filing 3
CAOT 43 Office Procedures 3
COAT 47 Applied Office Practice 3
CAOT 82 Microcomputer Software Survey in the Office 3
TOTAL UNITS 16

 

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career as an administrative assistant or bookkeeper? Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your career:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services, opportunities you can be a part of to meet your educational and career goals. 
  • Take a typing class to increase your speed or a basic computer course to get a background in Microsoft Suite software to put you ahead of the curve. Check with local businesses to see if they are hiring a part-time filing clerk or receptionist to get general office experience to add to your resume.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as the LASC Computer Club and Toastmasters, and find out what other opportunities LASC has through the Career Transfer/Pathways & Jobs Center, like on campus career fairs, networking events, and how-to workshops. These create new relationships with potential employers and help you build your resume.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Once you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Type a minimum of 40 words per minute.
  • Write a business letter using standard business format, including 7 elements.
  • Create and demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation.