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Work from anywhere at anytime…by becoming a virtual office professional! Successful completion of the Virtual Office Professional concentrations prepare students for starting virtual office businesses, addressing issues of creating, marketing, and managing virtual offices. In addition, students are prepared to assume positions in businesses and industries that utilize administrative support, including executive assistants and office support specialists.

And you can take the three new Virtual Office courses online!

Topics include time management, workplace customization, technology evaluation and purchasing, communication through the use of advanced technologies, and business ethics. Students must fulfill major requirements and all associate degree requirements for the A.A./A.S. degree. A certificate is designed to provide vocational skills; it is not equivalent to an A.A. or A.S. degree.

Take just 27 units and have a new career!

This certificate can lead to career opportunities including:

  • administrative professional
  • executive assistant
  • meeting planner
  • desktop publisher
  • web designer
  • web assistant designer
  • graphic designer
  • virtual office manager/organizer
  • marketing assistant
  • tech support
  • virtual assistant

Frequently asked questions

What is a VOP and what are the benefits?

A Virtual Office Professional is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Using advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional Virtual Office Professional assists clients from their own office on a contractual basis.

What are some of the benefits you gain by becoming a Virtual Office Professional?

  • One of the top ten emerging technologies of the decade
  • Work independently from home
  • Be your own boss while running your own business
  • Set your own pay scale and schedule
  • Transition from the corporate world
  • Enjoy partnering with others for your mutual success!

Find the personal self-confidence to be a success as an entrepreneur! This includes:

  • time and organizational management
  • customer service
  • leadership
  • business etiquette
  • integrity and accountability
  • communication skills
  • relationship skills

What courses do I take?

Virtual Office courses are listed under the Computer Information Systems (C.I.S.) and Business Departments. Check the Schedule of Classes for specific semester information. The three Virtual Office courses are taught online.

Courses can be from Business, Computer Information Systems, Art and Design departments and more. The courses in the program can include:

  • Creating a Virtual Office
  • Marketing a Virtual Office
  • Managing a Virtual Office
  • Creating Dynamic Business Presentations
  • Small Business Management
  • Managing a Successful Web Project
  • Written Communications for Business
  • Database Management
  • Spreadsheets in a Business Environment
  • Marketing in the Digital Age
  • and others

Are courses transferrable?

The courses are transferable to the CSU system. Sierra College prepares many graduates to transfer to top quality public and private institutions to complete their final two years of undergraduate work including guaranteed transfer for students meeting academic requirements. Graduates with two-year degrees pursue careers in businesses and industries throughout the region. Sierra College graduates receive high praise from these institutions and employers.

Can I get a Certificate?

Three different Certificate programs are offered:

  • Virtual Office Professional—Administrative
  • Virtual Office Professional—Web Management
  • Virtual Office Professional—Technical Support

More opportunities in the Virtual Office Certificate will be coming soon:

  • Insurance
  • Real estate

How can a Virtual Office Professional help your business?

Benefits and value of hiring a Virtual Office Professional

  •     Increase productivity—freedom to spend more time building your own business
  •     Flexibility to assume new, profit-generating opportunities, cultivate new business relationships, or enjoy recreational activities
  •     No additional office space, equipment, furniture, or training that a typical employee requires
  •     Virtual Office Professionals provide their own equipment from their home offices
  •     No need to pay employer social security, unemployment, or FICA taxes, worker’s comp insurance, sick or vacation days, holidays, medical, or retirement plans—VOPs are self-employed
  •     Never pay for downtime, breaks or personal issues—pay only for time on task
  •     Acquire peace of mind—business details are being managed by a trained professional
  •     No overtime pay when projects are running over deadline

What a Virtual Office Professional can do for your business

  •     Schedule conferences, seminars, and meetings
  •     Design and manage your website
  •     Market research
  •     Organizational consulting/remote office management
  •     Maintain backups of critical data offsite
  •     Desktop Publishing/Graphic Design
  •     Email and voicemail services
  •     Transcription services
  •     Word processing—letters, reports, routine correspondence
  •     Database management and bulk mailings
  •     Bookkeeping    PowerPoint presentation design and creation

V.O.P.: Administrative Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

Administrative Concentration Certificate

Occupations (SOC code - links to summary report) Executive Secretaries
43-6011.00
Secretaries
43-6014.00
CIPC Code 520401
Semester Units Required 30
Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)** 18
Estimated Total Fees $1,452
Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies $2,370
Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total $10,236
Students Completing the Program 2011-12* *
On-Time Completion Count* *
On-Time Completion Rate (%)* *
Median Loan Amount* *
* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance

V.O.P.: Web Management Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

Web Management Concentration Certificate

Occupations (SOC code - links to summary report) Executive Secretaries
43-6011.00
Secretaries
43-6014.00
CIPC Code 520401
Semester Units Required 30
Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)** 18
Estimated Total Fees $1,452
Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies $2,370
Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total $10,236
Students Completing the Program 2011-12* *
On-Time Completion Count* *
On-Time Completion Rate (%)* *
Median Loan Amount* *
* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance

V.O.P.: Technical Support Concentration

A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate

Technical Support Concentration Certificate

Occupations (SOC code - links to summary report) Executive Secretaries
43-6011.00
Secretaries
43-6014.00
CIPC Code 520401
Semester Units Required 30
Normal Time to Completion Rounded (months)** 18
Estimated Total Fees $1,452
Estimated Total Cost of Books and Supplies $2,370
Optional Dorm Fee: Estimated Total $10,236
Students Completing the Program 2011-12* *
On-Time Completion Count* *
On-Time Completion Rate (%)* *
Median Loan Amount* *
* Where completions number fewer than 10, data may not be disclosed due to confidentiality regulations
** Based on full time attendance

Contact

Denise Bushnell Full-time Faculty

  • V 115D
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Cyndi Dunn CIS Instructor 175

  • V 115A
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Cyndi Dunn has been a professor of Computer Information Systems and Business at Sierra College since 1990. She holds a Bachelor of Science ... More

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