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Office Professional

  •  Estimated Cost: $9,667

    Program Length: 4 semester(s)

    Locations: Lincoln / Online

    Start Term(s): Fall / Spring / Summer

    Average Cohort Size: 30

    Awards Offered: AAS / Dip

    Program Description


    If you enjoy working on a team and the value of providing the best customer service, the Office Professional program is perfect for you. We will teach you the skills and give you the knowledge to be successful in any office setting. In our program you will choose which focus area you want to specialize in: Administrative, Legal, Medical, or Office Management. With the proper electives, you will be prepared to take the Certified Professional Secretary or Certified Administrative Professional exam awarded through the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

    2 + 2 Degree Option

    Earning your Associate of Applied Science degree in the Office Professional program from SCC gives you an affordable path to complete your bachelor’s degree. This degree option prepares you to transfer to a four-year university or college by teaching you basic traditional office skills as well as soft skills. We partner with local colleges and universities including:

    • Doane University-Lincoln: Accepts AAS Legal Focus and will start student as a junior in Paralegal Studies

    View your calendar conversion plan.

    You can start the Office Professional program in the Fall, Spring or Summer terms. Follow these steps for admission:

    1. Submit official high school transcripts, GED® scores, and/or other college transcripts.
    2. You will complete the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, ACT, Next Generation Accuplacer or SAT pre-admission testing. Test scores will be used to place you in the appropriate math and writing courses as well as any developmental reading program that may be necessary.
    3. You will need to validate previous accounting work experience or course work in accounting from your high school and/or college transcripts.
    4. You will need to demonstrate keyboarding skills of at least 30 words per minute minimum with three or fewer errors.
    5. Your advisor will determine any developmental or prerequisite courses you must take. These courses will be taken at the start of your program and will not count toward graduation requirements.

    You are able to choose a career which emphasizes your professional and ethical work behavior while utilizing your office skills. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting salary of $13.05 per hour. Career options include:

    • Account Manager
    • Administrative Assistant
    • Billing Associate
    • Business Specialist
    • Child Support Enforcement Worker
    • Customer Service Associate
    • Data Entry Operator
    • Receptionist
    • Human Resources Assistant
    • Legal Assistant
    • Legal Secretary
    • Office Coordinator
    • Records Clerk
    • Technical Data Editor
    • Teller
    SCC is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution. As a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution, we are unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following states/areas: California and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

    Tracie Klosterman, MEd, Program Director
    402-437-2435
    tklosterman@southeast.edu

    Erin Hussey, MA
    402-437-2442
    ehussey@southeast.edu

    Lacey Jurgens, MA
    402-228-8291
    ljurgens@southeast.edu

    Debra Kay, MEd
    402-437-2432
    dkay@southeast.edu

    Marci Rost, MEd
    402-437-2437
    mrost@southeast.edu

    Mary Schieke, MBA
    402-437-2431
    mschieke@southeast.edu

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