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OEC in Office Foundations

The Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Office Foundations provides the foundational skills required for career entry in a variety of office settings.

CIOS student at a computer

For more information or advising contact Heather Corriere.
Office phone: 907-486-1212

Find out more in the catalog.

Upon completion of this OEC, students will demonstrate:

  1. Keyboarding skills of 40 net words per minute.
  2. Intermediate skills in word processing and business document formatting.
  3. Entry-level skills in spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and electronic communication.
  4. Customer service skills.
  5. Knowledge of proper grammar and mechanics used in writing business documents.
  6. Basic math and 10-key calculator operations.
  7. Entry level skills in file organizational and management.

Find out more in the catalog.

All students must take the following basic computer skills courses or possess equivalent knowledge. Students may take a test to prove proficiency in these areas. Beginning computer users should start with the basic skills courses. 

  • CIOS 101A Keyboarding A--1 credit
  • CIOS A113 Operating Systems: MS Windows--1 credit
  • CIOS 130A Word Processing I: MS Word--1 credit
  • CIOS 135A Spreadsheets I: MS Excel--1 credit
  • CIOS 146 Internet Concepts and Applications--2 credits

Office Foundations OEC (16 credits)

This OEC is the foundation for the Office Support OEC.

  • CIOS A101B Keyboarding B: Business Documents I--1 credit 
  • CIOS A101C Keyboarding C: Business Documents II--1 credit
  • CIOS A115 10-key for Business Calculations--2 credits
  • CIOS A125 Electronic Communications I: MS Outlook--1 credit
  • CIOS A140 Databases I MS Access--1 credit
  • CIOS A150A Presentations: MS PowerPoint--1 credit
  • CIOS A161A Business Writing Strategies--2 credits
  • CIOS A165 Office Procedures--3 credits
  • CIOS A230 Word Processing II: MS Word--1 credit
  • Advisor approved electives--3 credits

Find out more in the Catalog.

This certificate prepares you for entry level office positions and is the basis of the other CIOS certificates.


  • Drafting correspondence
  • Entering data in spreadsheets
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files

Earning Potential

The average wage for an administrative professional is $15-$18 per hour.

Job Outlook

This field has high employment opportunities.

 For more information or advising contact Heather Corriere.

Office phone: 907-486-1212