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Office and Administrative Services: Administrative Assistant

(023) Associate in Applied Science

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as an administrative secretary, secretary, or other office positions in private businesses and governmental organizations. Many office and administrative services courses are offered in an open laboratory classroom. Students progress on an individual basis. See laboratory personnel in Room 3K4 for placement in appropriate classes.

Work and Employment

Secretarial and administrative office work continues to evolve along with new office automation and organizational restructuring. In many cases, secretaries have assumed new responsibilities and learned to operate different equipment. Secretaries are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties that are necessary to run and maintain organizations efficiently. Secretaries increasingly use personal computers to run spreadsheets, word processing, database management, desktop publishing and graphics programs-tasks previously handled by managers and professionals. Some secretaries perform highly specialized work that requires knowledge of technical terminology and procedures. Employment opportunities should be quite plentiful, especially for well qualified secretaries.

Special Considerations

Workers usually have the following skills and aptitudes: communicate well, work under pressure, concentrate despite distractions, show good judgment and common sense, are dependable and responsible, patient, systematic, neat and accurate.

The administrative assistant option has been developed to provide a student with training in machine transcription and/or computerized office applications.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354; Mary Ann Hurd, Assistant Professor of Office and Administrative Services, 815-835-6202.


Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2019-20 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 64 credit hours.

Tuition $8,448.00 $21,632.00 $24,000.00
Fees $896.00 $896.00 $896.00
Course Fees * $155.00 * $155.00 * $155.00
Total Tuition and Fees $9,499.00 $22,683.00 $25,051.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.