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Microsoft Office

Technical Diploma

11 Credits | 1 year part time

Online Program

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction. Select courses are available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

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Upon completion of this technical diploma, you’ll be able to apply technology to complete various business and administrative tasks. With this training, you’ll be prepared to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification industry credentials, elevating your skills for employment in the competitive business market.

Program Overview

Using the industry-standard Microsoft Office suite, you will integrate your software knowledge to complete complex projects using advanced document features, in-depth spreadsheet formulas, customizable databases, and using email, Teams and OneNote for communication and sharing documents, preparing you for a variety of business opportunities.

Program Outcomes

Microsoft Office graduates will be able to:

  • Apply Microsoft Office skills to workplace tasks
  • Solve user level Microsoft Office issues
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"Going to Northwood Technical College to earn my Microsoft Office certificate was life-changing. I had been out of school for almost 15 years. The instructors made learning new skills easy and fun. The skills learned in the courses gave me the confidence to apply for jobs that I used to not be qualified for."

Wendy N., Microsoft Office Graduate
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Flexible scheduling and start dates.

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Multiple class start dates available. 


Microsoft Office instructors use a differentiated approach to teaching, keeping YOU in mind when developing lesson plans, workbook exercises, lectures, projects and other interactive learning activities.

Microsoft Office classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior), Online, and outreach centers: Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, Your Choice, or On Site.

Experienced Instructors

Northwood Tech is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. Our experienced faculty are knowledgeable, approachable and eager to help. The sizes of your classes will allow for the attention you deserve.

Career Pathways

Start your education with a Microsoft Office technical diploma and continue to earn additional credentials! As a graduate of the Microsoft Office program, you can continue with your schooling to earn an associate degree in Administrative Coordinator.

Flexible Learning

Courses are available in a variety of formats, including Online, Your Choice (On Site or attend virtually), and On Site.

Required Courses

In this Career Pathway program, you can ladder into the Administrative Coordinator associate degree.

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Featured Microsoft Office Courses

| 1 CR
This is the first course in a sequence that develops foundational skills in the use of Microsoft Office Word features to efficiently and effectively produce business documents. Students will apply Microsoft Word skills to solve practical problems in a project-based format. Explore best practices in document layout, collaboration, tables, reports, desktop publishing basics, themes, sort, styles, and references. Recommended computer foundations: Windows competency, including solid file management skills; ability to key 30 WPM. This course will use Microsoft Office 2019 or Office 365.
| 1 CR
This is the first course in a sequence that develops foundational skills in the use of Microsoft Office Excel features to efficiently and effectively produce business spreadsheets. Students will apply Microsoft Excel skills to solve practical problems in a project-based format. Activities will work on creating a spreadsheet, incorporate appropriate formulas and functions to report accurate data, and chart results. Recommended computer foundations: Windows competency, including solid file management skills; basic math fundamentals. This course will use Microsoft Office 2019 or Office 365.
| 2 CR
This course is designed to integrate computer applications by exposing students to workplace scenarios. Participants will prepare and enhance documents using word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics software, as well as additional programs in this ever-evolving field. PREREQUISITES: 10103106 MS PowerPoint, 10103146 MS Word A, 10103184 Advanced Document Applications, 10103151 MS Excel A, 10103185 Advanced Spreadsheets and Analytics, and 10103162 MS Access A.

Microsoft Office is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Microsoft Office student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
11 Credits / Less Than One Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Document Specialist, Program Assistant
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Technical Diploma
19 Credits / Less Than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Customer Service Representative, Receptionist / Office Assistant
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Technical Diploma
29 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Office Support Specialist, Receptionist / Secretary, Data Entry Operator, Customer Service Representative
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Continue your education to earn an associate degree. 

Associate Degree
60 credits
Potential Careers
Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Professional, Executive Assistant, Office Manager, Virtual Assistant
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Continue your education to earn your bachelor's degree.

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2023-24*

Microsoft Office

11 Credits | 1 Year, Part-Time


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Microsoft Office Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Microsoft Office technical diploma. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Administrative Coordinator associate degree.

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