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VCC International

Administrative Assistant

Get the office fundamentals and technical skills you need to begin a successful career as an administrative assistant.

During our intensive eight-month program, experienced instructors prepare you for the workplace. You’ll learn advanced skills in Microsoft Office, effective business communication skills, financial record keeping, data management and integral office procedures. You’ll also apply your new skills during a two-week practicum experience with one of our host companies.

Learn how to be a professional and perform your duties with confidence. Our graduates are working throughout B.C. and across Canada in a wide range of businesses, service organizations and government agencies.

Join us for an information session at VCC's Downtown campus, at Dunsmuir and Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.

Program Hours: The Administrative Assistant Program runs Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00, except during the practicum when students work Monday through Friday for the hours assigned by the practicum host. Students will be advised of their Practicum hours once registered and attending the program.

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Jan, Apr, Aug 8 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

Lessons include demonstrations, guest lectures and real work experience.

Students learn advanced skills in Microsoft Office, effective business communication, financial record keeping, data management, and integral office procedures. They demonstrate efficient time management techniques by determining work priorities when creating, revising, transcribing, formatting, and processing a wide range of business documents. Students use word processing, spreadsheet, database, and accounting software to perform a variety of assignments to the professional standards expected in an office.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The Administrative Assistant Program is offered on a full-time basis with 25 hours of classes a week over an 8-month period. This program consists of two semesters of integrated training with a continuous assessment of student progress.

In the first term, the majority of class time is devoted to practical computer skills training and building business communication skills. The second term expands on the hands-on practical skills training with a greater emphasis on advanced computer applications and basic accounting skills.

Students are required to work both in groups and individually. Where the subject area requires it, theory is presented by means of lectures, videos, demonstrations, and guest lectures.

Program time is set aside in the last month of the program for work experience; the student will be placed in a challenging work environment which requires application of the skills learned in the program.

An Administrative Assistant Program Advisory Committee, consisting of employers and program graduates from the business community, meets regularly to monitor training needs and requirements of the industry.

Evaluation of Student Learning

An evaluation of the learning progress of each student is prepared by the instructor/s. Evaluation is a combination of an assessment of practical assignments, theory and/or practical examinations. Students must achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 at the end of Term 1 in order to proceed to Term 2, and must achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 at the end of Term 2 in order to receive a certificate.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Proof of English Proficiency

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.


Program Specific

VCC welcomes international students from around the world to the college's academic or career programs.

Applicants for whom English is a second language should submit proof of English proficiency.

The following admission requirements will be used to determine eligibility for entrance into the Administrative Assistant Program.

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Grade 12 English or English Language Proficiency or equivalent
  • A tested keyboarding speed of a minimum of 25 gross words per minute on a 5-minute test with a maximum of 5 errors using the touch-typing method (using the appropriate fingers for each key on the keyboard and not looking at your fingers as you type)

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

Courses Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

Business Communications 1 (OADM 1120)
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2.0 credits
Business Communications 2 (OADM 1130)
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2.0 credits
Document Formatting (OADM 1142)
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2.0 credits
Human Relations (OADM 1121)
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2.0 credits
Intermediate Word and PowerPoint (OADM 1132)
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2.0 credits
Introduction to Computers and Word (OADM 1122)
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2.5 credits
Speed and Accuracy 1 (OADM 1101)
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2.5 credits
Spreadsheets (Excel) (OADM 1125)
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2.0 credits


Term 2

Basic Bookkeeping (OADM 1223)
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2.0 credits
Computerized Accounting (OADM 1233)
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2.0 credits
Database and Office Integration (OADM 1252)
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2.5 credits
Electronic Transcription (OADM 1240)
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2.0 credits
Office Procedures (OADM 1226)
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2.0 credits
Office Simulation (OADM 1228)
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2.0 credits
Speed and Accuracy 2 (OADM 1200)
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2.5 credits
Work Experience (OADM 1238)
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2.0 credits


Fees and Other costs

Fees and Other Costs:


International Application Fee $145
Tuition Fee $15,147
Student Union Fee $165
College Initiative Fee $87.32
Student Union Health Plan Fee $146.04
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $146.04
U-Pass Fee $369
Other Costs Graduation Fees - $40

Campus Resource Fee - $151

Textbooks and Supplies - $1,500

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Contact Us/Request Info

Contact Us/Request Info

email: study@vcc.ca

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