College Introduces Virtual Assistance Certificate of Completion, Degree Concentration

by Diane VanDyke

Montgomery County Community College’s new Virtual Assistance Certificate of Completion and Office Administration AAS Degree with Concentration in Virtual Assistance programs will help experienced assistants gain the skills they need to work remotely, including in the comfort and convenience of their homes.

Many virtual assistants are entrepreneurs, operating their own businesses and contracting with their own clients, while others work for a placement agency that connects them with clients seeking virtual administrative assistance. Still others perform administrative tasks for their employers in their homes or centralized environments, either on a full or part-time basis.

Whatever the situation, virtual assistants need up-to-date technology skills—such as web conferencing, application sharing and data security—and the soft skills of business planning, ethics,  marketing and networking to perform their responsibilities independently.

The College’s new Certificate of Completion in Virtual Assistance and newly modified Office Administration AAS Degree with a Concentration in Virtual Assistance programs provide students with these relevant skills in a short amount of time.

To help students transition quickly into this growing career field, the nine-credit, three-course Certificate of Completion in Virtual Assistance is designed to be finished in one semester completely online.

The new courses of study will also prepare students to take the International Virtual Assistants Association “EthicsCheck” exam and become Certified Virtual Assistants.

Additionally, the Certificate of Completion in Virtual Assistance program will offer students a stackable pathway in attaining the Office Administration AAS degree.

For more information visit www.mc3.edu/academics/programs/ss-va.aspx or contact Coordinator and Instructor of Computer Applications and Office Administration Theresa Sullivan at 215-461-1145 or tsulliva@mc3.edu.

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