Office Assistant

Office Assistant

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Your career opportunities include working as an administrative assistant/support specialist, office manager, or general office clerk. The region’s leading financial employers are seeking out our graduates!
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The median annual wage for career opportunities for graduates of similar programs, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 37 (Diploma)

Are you detail-oriented and enjoy organizing and coordinating? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just one year with an Office Assistant diploma. As an office assistant, you’ll help keep a business running efficiently and professionally You’ll provide excellent customer service, perform general record keeping, manage the office and mail operations, prepare professional documents or presentations, handle general computer operations, assist others in the workplace and effectively communicate information to various parties.
And at Southeast Tech, you can choose to complete your degree in one of two ways. Take it entirely online or traditional classroom style with Fridays off! 

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This diploma is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: 1-Year Diploma
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 37 (Diploma)


Debi Nowak, MEd
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Debi Nowak is the program advisor for the one-year Office Assistant diploma and the two-year Administrative Assistant AAS degree. She also teaches a number of general education Introduction to Computer and Computer Essentials classes for students in a variety of programs. Instructional areas include: Microsoft Office applications, computer literacy, keyboarding, office procedures, 10-key calculation, document formatting and production, filing, phone technique and etiquette, customer service, interpersonal communication skills, and business etiquette. Debi also assists adjunct staff with curriculum and development, curriculum libraries, and training.

During her employment with Southeast Tech, Debi has served in a variety of capacities. Under the Tech Prep program, she worked with area high school teachers, counselors, and principals providing training opportunities in career development, applied academics and articulation. She also served as Admissions Specialist assisting with recruitment activities, advising and registering students.

Debi was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Curriculum and Instruction from SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. She holds a South Dakota Post-Secondary Instructor Credential.

Debi serves on the Southeast Tech In-Service Committee, Wellness Committee, and is a member of the Business Division Advisory Board. She also serves as a peer mentor for new instructors.

Prior to her employment at Southeast Tech, Debi worked as a database aide, computer programmer, microcomputer support specialist, and corporate trainer. She has a strong working knowledge in Microsoft Office applications, curriculum development, and instruction.

Debi works hard to keep up with current technology to ensure that her students are the best possible candidates when they enter the workplace.

Outside of work, Debi enjoys family activities such as camping, water skiing, biking, walking and many more outdoor activities.

Education: MEd, South Dakota State University; BS, Black Hills State University; AA, Northern State University





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