Associate in Applied Science - Administrative Assistant
Spokane Falls Community College
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This program is scheduled to be discontinued and will no longer be accepting new applicants.
If you are highly organized and enjoy working with people in an office environment, then a career as an administrative assistant could be an excellent path for you.
In this program, you'll become proficient in computer applications — including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint — and learn the latest communication tools, procedures and practices that are essential in today’s business environment.
Through courses and on-the-job training, you’ll develop skills in written and oral communication, spreadsheets, meeting and travel planning, bookkeeping, calendar management, desktop publishing, office management and survey design.
Whether you want to work for a small, family-owned firm or large corporation, this degree will prepare you for an important role in any business.
1. Demonstrate proficiency in the creation and preparation of commonly used business documents.
2. Apply knowledge of office organizational tools, electronic calendaring, and electronic
3. Apply basic business communication skills in a variety of situations both orally and written.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in meeting preparation, organization, and note taking techniques.
5. Effectively prepare and design spreadsheets to aid decision making.
6. Use and apply a variety of office management and bookkeeping principles.
7. Effectively use Word, Excel , Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook for common business applications.
8. Demonstrate the ability work independently and professionally in a simulated office environment.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
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Total Credits: 90
Jamie Southwell is excited to be the pathway specialist who works with students earning their business degrees. Jamie Southwell joined Spokane Falls Community College as a student in 2020 and earned his Associates in business management shortly after. After graduation, Jamie expanded his passion for the bigfoot community by joining the team himself as the business pathway specialist. Jamie’s firsthand knowledge of the program helps students understand the business pathway, and Jamie’s passion for ensuring each student feels warm and welcomed by the community shines light on the inclusion of SFCC. He enjoys hiking, listening to music, and exploring new foods on his free time.
Donna Evenson M.Ed. (emphasis in business education): I began my post-secondary education at a community college and then transferred to Washington State University in Pullman where I earned my Bachelor of Applied Science in business education. While teaching high school for three years, I earned my master’s degree from Eastern Washington University. I have enjoyed teaching at the Community Colleges of Spokane since 1986 and have thrived in the Business Technology (BT) department at SFCC. The thrill of teaching in the BT department comes from regular technology updates that keep us on our toes and working with such a wide variety of students. It feels like I’ve taught every class we offer over the years, but these days I am focused on Computing Essentials, Desktop Publishing, Administrative Office Practicum, and computer applications courses. It is a pleasure to serve as an advisor for BT students to achieve their dreams and goals.
Stephanie Freeman I have been teaching at SFCC since 2010. I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from Gonzaga University and my master’s in teaching from Whitworth University. I have worked for both corporate and small businesses and have also taught for the School of Business at Gonzaga University. In my classes, I integrate the valuable business experiences I have gained to make connections to the course material. I love teaching a range of business subjects, helping students see how skills weave throughout all areas of business, and watching our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of industries.
Jenny Hubbard: I am a graduate of SFCC with my Associate in Applied Science degree as an administrative assistant and an office assistant certificate. I have been the Business Technology department’s instructional technician since 2003. The part I love the most is our students! I assist with course-related questions and sometimes even lend an ear when students need to vent.
Lorri completed her BA in business administration at the University of Washington. Lorri has business and marketing experience in the financial industry. Her teaching experience includes business education courses at Centralia High School, North Bend High School (Oregon), and Southwest Oregon Community College. Lorri was also the yearbook instructor/advisor for Valley Christian School. Lorri Peasley teaches business communication and a variety of courses in the BT Center.
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