What’s in a Name? Everything.

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The job descriptions for administrative assistants in the tri-state area, along with the outdated job title of  “secretary,” do not at all capture the tremendous office management and responsibilities these professionals have in 2013.

With this employment outlook in mind, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) made name changes to its former Administrative Assistant and Office Technology programs this year to more accurately reflect what students are learning and being trained to do in today’s professional office environment.

A 2012 NICC Career Services survey of alumni showed graduates in the administrative office programs working for a wide range of employers in the Calmar, Peosta and Dubuque areas, including dental clinics, educational institutions, law firms, manufacturing companies, financial institutions and banks.

Just as the simple job title of “farmer” or “nurse” on someone’s resume and work history tends to overlook a candidate’s expertise, experience and specialization within a career field, the new program name changes acknowledge the professional management and office coordination that these jobs require. The Administrative Assistant program has become the Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Office Management; the former Office Technology diploma program is now Administrative Office Associate.

A 2012 NICC Career Services survey of alumni showed graduates in the administrative office programs working for a wide range of employers in the Calmar, Peosta and Dubuque areas, including dental clinics, educational institutions, law firms, manufacturing companies, financial institutions and banks.

Students enrolled in the programs learn the sought-after organizational skills needed to be competitive and valuable to employers and organizations in many job sectors, and students develop their computer software applications repertoire and administrative talents as well.

“Our Administrative Office Management and Administrative Office Associate programs have evolved quite a bit because of technology. The student needs to be extremely organized, have excellent communication skills and have a passion for the use of technology and computers,” explained Susan Elwood, NICC Calmar campus business faculty.

An added benefit for prospective students who want to enroll in the Administrative Office Management and Administrative Office Associate programs is flexibility. Students can enter the programs, which are offered at both campuses in Calmar and Peosta, at the start of any semester – spring, summer or fall.

To learn more about these programs or employment information, visit
www.nicc.edu/adminofficemgmt

www.nicc.edu/adminassociate

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