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.
|Start||Length||Credentials||Campus||Part- or Full-time|
|Jan, Apr, Aug||8 months||Certificate||Downtown||Full-time|
The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.
|If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now.||Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office||Visit us at one of our campus locations.|
After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.
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.
This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
The following admission requirements will be used to determine eligibility for entrance into the Administrative Assistant Program.
Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
Fees and Other costs
|Student Union Fee||$165|
|College Initiative Fee||$87.32|
|Student Union Health Plan Fee||$146.04|
|Student Union Dental Plan Fee||$146.04|
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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, Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.
|June 18, 2019||Tuesday||4 - 5 p.m.||622||Downtown|
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