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Mission Statement

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

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

Find out more in the catalog.

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What will I learn?

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.

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What classes will I take?

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

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What can I do with this degree?

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