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  • Champlain RAC Offers New DEC in Office Management

    by Matt Refghi  |  May 20, 2015

    Earlier this year, we introduced the latest addition to Champlain College Saint-Lambert’s RAC services: a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) in Office Management. This DEC was the first to be offered in Continuing Education by an Anglophone college, out of the 48 public CEGEPs in Québec (in which more than half offer either a DEC or AEC in Office Management / Office Work Coordination). John Abbott College and Heritage College were collaborators, and helped with the development of the evaluation materials. Our Office Management DEC was designed to address a high demand in the field of administrative support, one which touches many different public and private sectors: medical, law, education, and business. According to the National Occupational Classification (NOC), in 2012, 66,000 administrative assistants were employed. Our RAC services exist to provide these individuals with the possibility of acquiring collegial recognition for their work experience, should they seek it. When speaking of our Office Management DEC, we often get asked: what exactly is an “office manager?” The term everyone is familiar with is secretary, but today, many other titles are used, including:
    • administrative assistant
    • administrative technician
    • office agent
    • office coordinator
    • office worker
    • clerical worker
    • support staff
    Administrative assistant is one of the occupations in the highest demand in all of Québec, with “good” job prospects for the next 2-3 years according to the the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale. An administrative assistant requires a variety of administrative, technical, linguistic and interpersonal skills. Their main duty is to assist and support the manager. More specifically, they must maintain office inventory, establish office procedures, compile data, train and oversee staff, create schedules, produce office documentation, etc. Our use of “Office Management” and “office manager” is to reflect the large range of responsibilities in this field. We’re holding an info session on May 27th at 6pm for anyone looking to learn more about our new RAC offering. To be eligible for RAC, candidates must have a significant amount of experience in the field, regardless of whether or not they are currently employed. To sign up or the info session, click here.

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