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Work from anywhere, anytime…by becoming a virtual office professional! 
Successful completion of the Virtual Office Professional concentrations prepare students for starting virtual businesses, addressing issues of creating, marketing, and managing a virtual office. In addition, students are prepared to assume positions in businesses and industries that utilize administrative support, including executive assistants and office support specialists. Furthermore, entrepreneurs in niche areas such as realtors, contractors, IT consultants, gemologists, personal trainers, photographers, legal assistants and more find value in the courses and program.

You can take the three core Virtual Office courses online!
Topics in the core classes include time management, workplace customization, technology evaluation and purchasing, communication through the use of advanced technologies, social media marketing, 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 28-30 units and have a new career!

Certificate program offered:

  • Virtual Office Professional—Administrative

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 core 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
  • Business Communication
  • Database Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Small Business Management
  • Spreadsheets in a Business Environment
  • Advertising
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Marketing in the Digital Age
  • Real Estate Principles
  • Internship in Business/Computer Information Systems
  • and many 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.

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
  • social media marketing assistant/manager
  • virtual assistant
  • other entrepreneurial ventures including photographers, contractors, realtors, web designer, restauranteur, etc.

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 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

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

  • Set up and 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
  • Web design
  • Social media marketing

V.O.P.: Administrative Concentration

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

Administrative Concentration Gainful Employment Information

V.O.P.: Technical Support Concentration

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

Technical Support Concentration Gainful Employment Information


Denise Bushnell Full-time Faculty, Regional Entrepreneurship Coordinator

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  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Cyndi Dunn Part-time Instructor, Business

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    Rocklin, CA 95677
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