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Office Administration and Accounting Technologies

Looking for a new career in the high demand field of Office Administration and Accounting Technologies?

Get started now with the training you need for that competitive edge in today’s workplace. Check out the program options, available courses, and sample schedules at the links provided in the navigation bar.

Program Options

Whether you are a working professional interested in upgrading your skills or brand new to office administration and accounting, SVC's program is designed to meet your needs. The department offers many options for study:

Program Learning Outcomes

Administrative Assistant
Accounting Paraprofessional
  • Graduates of the Administrative Assistant program will

    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing with both customers and co-workers at a level necessary for successful employment.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate software to complete business-related tasks and requirements (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and e-mail).
    • Demonstrate the ability to use proper formatting and design concepts to produce a variety of documents.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate filing procedures to store and retrieve records necessary for day-to-day operations of an organization.
    • Demonstrate the ability to record basic accounting transactions and prepare basic financial statements in both a manual and computerized system.
    • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic payroll functions and prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly tax forms.
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate mathematical concepts to typical business situations.
    • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors including regular attendance, punctuality, professionalism in working with others, appropriate problem-solving, and leadership skills.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities and create an effective employment package (cover letter, resume, and application).
  • Graduates of the Accounting Paraprofessional program will

    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing with both customers and co-workers at a level necessary for successful employment.
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and correctly record accounting transactions in both manual and computerized systems.
    • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and analyze basic financial statements.
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply accounting practices in a variety of business structures (service business, merchandising business, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation).
    • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate software to complete business-related tasks and requirements (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and e-mail).
    • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic payroll functions and prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly tax forms.
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate mathematical concepts to typical business situations.
    • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors including regular attendance, punctuality, professionalism in working with others, appropriate problem-solving, and leadership skills.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities and create an effective employment package (cover letter, resume, and application).

You May Study

  • Word Processing Software
  • Document Production
  • Spreadsheet and Database Software
  • Records Management
  • Integrated Software Applications
  • 10-Key Applications
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Accounting Procedures
  • Business English
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Accounting Software Applications
  • Presentation Software
  • Governmental Accounting

Why Skagit Valley College?

  • High-tech computer labs with the latest software applications
  • Diverse program options to meet a variety of career interests and learning needs
  • Relevant curriculum to provide training in current workplace competencies
  • Highly qualified instructors with advanced degrees and practical business experience
  • Internships for real world experience

Career Opportunities

Careers as administrative assistants and accounting paraprofessionals are evolving with broader responsibilities and higher salaries. Come to SVC to learn the latest computer applications and gain experience with the communications practices and accounting procedures necessary to make you a highly valued member of your office team. Your career choices include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Payroll Manager
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Executive Assistant
  • Secretary
  • Office Manager
  • Receptionist
  • Accounting Technician
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

Placement Rate

Placement and Completion Data

Accounting Tech & Bookkeeping Completion 10

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Contact the Department Chair to learn about our Office Administation & Accounting Technology program.


Tamara Oakes
Department Chair
360.416.3275
Email Tamara

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