Office Technology Assistant

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Office Technology Assistant

Technical Diploma

18 Credits | Less than 1 year

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.

The Office Technology program prepares you to be successful in a variety of industries: health, education, business, for-profit, non-profit, industry and more. You will develop your software/hardware knowledge, administrative/organizational skills and interpersonal communications in order to provide top-notch office support in your organization. 

Program Overview

The Office Technology Assistant diploma prepares you for employment in positions such as customer service representative, file clerk, receptionist or office assistant. You’ll be knowledgeable in various computer applications, general office procedures and bookkeeping skills necessary to work in today’s business environment.

Program Outcomes

Office Technology Assistant graduates will be able to:

  • Use technology skills to accomplish basic business and administrative tasks
  • Perform entry-level office procedures
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the workplace
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Acquire the skills to create professional communications and prepare a variety of business documents using MS Office Suite with an emphasis on word processing, spreadsheet creation, and email to provide administrative support for any organization. Take your classes in a variety of options including Online, Your Choice or in a traditional classroom.  Start the program in August or January, mid-semester or in the summer—you decide.

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Learn by doing.

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Flexible scheduling and start dates.

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Multiple locations. 


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

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


You can attend Office Technology Assistant classes on-campus or enroll in classes that are offered online or in a flexible-attendance classroom setting.


You will use a variety of technology including various software packages, training tutorial software, social media, web-conferencing and more.

Career Pathways

As an Office Technology Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you’re on your way to earning credentials each step of the way! 


The program curriculum you will experience will prepare you for a career in an office setting.

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Featured Office Technology Assistant Courses

| 2 CR
Students will learn the QuickBooks accounting software by performing tasks that involve the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, payroll, and financial statements. Students will be responsible for finding and correcting errors in the QuickBooks program. PREREQUISITE: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1 or 10101176 Financial Accounting 1A.
| 3 CR
In this course students will deepen their understanding of planning meetings and project management. Students learn about event planning and budgeting, negation and contracts, income projections, food and beverage coordination, technology utilization, and logistics management.
| 2 CR
This is the second course in a sequence that develops advanced 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, mail merge, desktop publishing, themes, templates, forms, sort, styles, references, captions, and macros. 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. COREQUISITE: 10103146 MS Word A

Office Technology Assistant is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Office Technology Assistant student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Office Support Specialist, Receptionist / Secretary, Data Entry Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$27,038-$44,457 WTCS annually
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Technical Diploma
18 Credits / Less Than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Customer Service Representative, File Clerk, Receptionist / Information Clerk
Range of Yearly Salary
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Technical Diploma
10 Credits / Less Than One Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Word Processor, Clerk Typist, Program Assistant
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You can continue your education to advance your skills.

Associate Degree
60 credits
Potential Careers
Administrative Professional, Executive Assistant, Office Manager
Range of Yearly Salary
$21,734-$101,985 annually
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Continue your education to obtain your bachelor's degree.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process for this program just complete the online application or contact Student Services. When completing an online application, select Office Technology Assistant from the program of choice drop down list. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Office Technology Assistant

18 Credits | Less than 1 year


*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 Office Technology Assistant Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an Office Technology Assistant technical diploma. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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