Office careers have great growth potential in the state of Iowa.  Hands-on experience with the latest office equipment provides SWCC students with the knowledge and skills needed for the challenges of an exciting office career. 

A nine-month office skills diploma program is also available at Southwestern.

Did you know the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship could help pay for the cost of this program? Learn more at Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship!

Awards Available

Administrative Office Technology:  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Administrative Office Technology Degree Sheet

Potential Careers

  • Office clerk
  • Administrative assistant
  • Executive secretary

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

• demonstrate proficiency in general office procedures.
• keyboard at a rate of at least 60 words a minute.
• operate word processing software so as to produce documents that are grammatically correct, error free, and in the correct form.
• compose and/or edit correspondence.
• produce accurate and understandable reports or the data for reports as directed.
• produce esthetically pleasing, readable, and informative publication.
• create, modify, and/or complete forms.
• create, maintain, and access records in the appropriate manner and form.
• use standard office equipment.
• organize work stations for effective work flow.
• plan and organize work so as to meet deadlines.


Instructor Barb Brown