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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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Administrative Assistants start at $24,100 and earn up to $54,100 dependent upon experience. 


  WIA Funding Available


Fall 2015 Schedules (August - December 2015)

Community Education
Fall 2015 Schedule (.pdf) 

Workforce Development
Fall 2015 Schedule (.pdf) 

Please be advised that the Interactive PDF versions of the continuing education schedules are for reference only and do not reflect course availability or cancellations. For the most up-to-date information about course availability, please use Online Services.


Entry-Level Administrative Assistant     High Demand

Download the printable version of this Career Starters program.

Administrative Assistants provide support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. Students may also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.


Entry-Level Administrative Assistant
Complete this Continuing Education Certificate program in approximately three months and
students will be prepared for entry-level employment as administrative assistants in
a variety of office settings.

Course Class Hours
OFC 5760 Microsoft Word Level 1 12
OFC 5800 Microsoft Excel Level 1 12
OFC 5740 Microsoft PowerPoint Level 1 12
OFC 5780 Microsoft Access Level 1 12
OFC 6290 Applied Office Skills  4
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Advance your career by passing the following certification exam:

   MOS Certification
Take additional Microsoft Application classes offered here at CSM and prepare to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. Courses vary depending on the certification track chosen:


Microsoft Word:
Word Level 1, Word Level 2 (Word Specialist Exam); Word Level 3 (Word Expert Exam)

Microsoft Excel:
Excel Level 1, Excel Level 2 (Excel Specialist Exam); Excel Level 3 (Excel Expert Exam)

Microsoft PowerPoint:
PowerPoint Level 1, PowerPoint Level 2 (PowerPoint Specialist Exam)

Microsoft Outlook:
Outlook Level 1, Outlook Level 2 (Outlook Specialist Exam)

Microsoft Access:
Access Level 1, Access Level 2, Access Level 3 (Access Specialist Exam)

For more information contact:
Paula Coluzzi
Business and IT
Course Coordinator
Ruena Long
Business and IT
Administrative Assistant/Web Management Specialist


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Administrative Assistants earn a median salary of $34,660. The job outlook is very favorable with an estimated 12% growth rate for employment from 2010 to 2020.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics