Top Schools for Executive Assistant or Secretary Programs

Find out which top schools offer executive assistant and secretarial programs. Learn about the certificate and degree programs at four noteworthy colleges, and find a list of other 2-year and 4-year schools in the United States that offer formal training for executive assistants and secretaries.

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Career-oriented training programs for aspiring secretaries and executive assistants help students become familiar with standard office procedures and technology. Students typically earn certificates and/or degrees in administrative information or office management. Students enrolled in programs at Hudson Valley Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, and Clark College will have the chance to learn basic office training as well as prepare for Microsoft certification exams.

Hudson Valley Community College

To begin, Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY, offers an associate degree in administrative management and technology, and the program prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) credentialing exam. Coursework can include training in document formatting, office management, Microsoft Excel, web design, and electronic publishing. The program also includes an internship in the public or private sector.

Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is a system of schools in Indiana with 30 locations, and the office administration program is offered at 23 campuses. At the Central Indiana campus in Indianapolis, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and an Associate of Science (A.S.) in Office Administration. The associate program is designed for students interested in transferring to 4-year schools.

The A.A.S. program, available either on campus or online, prepares individuals for direct entry into the workforce. By choosing different electives, students can specialize in administrative, legal, or medical office administration, as well as software applications. Ivy Tech also offers MOS certification and a technical certificate in office administration.

Clark College in Vancouver, WA

At Clark College in Vancouver, WA, students can take a variety of business technology and office skills programs. Associate degrees in business technology are available with a focus on business software, general office, medical assistant, or medical information. There are also certificate options in these fields. In addition, students can enroll in Microsoft certification preparation courses that prepare students for the Microsoft certification exams. In some of the courses, students who finish are actually awarded the Microsoft Technology Associate designation.

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Other colleges also offer strong programs for aspiring executive assistants and secretaries:

School Name Location Distinction
Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, KY Has A.A.S. in Office Systems Technology and diploma programs for administrative, financial, and office assistants
Monroe Community College Rochester, NY The associate degree program for administrative assistants includes a diverse mix of six Microsoft Office-based classes
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills, IL Offers an A.A.S. in Office Systems and Applications program with training in accounting, internet technology, and database management
Owens Community College Perrysburg, OH The School of Business offers an Associate of Applied Business in Office Administration Technology and an office support certificate
Richland College Dallas, TX Offers an associate degree program for executive assistants and certificates in administrative support, office assisting, and software applications

For students who want to become executive assistants or secretaries, there are many training programs for office workers. These programs are most commonly found at community colleges, and students can choose between full degree programs and subject-focused certificates, depending on their educational needs.

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