Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Office Foundations

This program is available at Mat-Su College and Kodiak College. Admission to this program at the Community & Technical College and Kenai Peninsula College is currently suspended.

Provides foundational skills required for entry into the administrative office professional field.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificate Programs.


Students should contact the CIOS faculty for assistance with course planning toward the occupational endorsement certificate.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

All students must take the following basic computer skills courses or possess equivalent knowledge. Students may take a test to prove proficiency in these areas. Beginning computer users should begin with the basic skills courses. The basic skills courses cover foundational skills and students may test out of them.

Basic Skills
CIOS A101AKeyboarding A: Basic Keyboarding1
CIOS A113Operating Systems: MS Windows1
CIOS A130AWord Processing I: MS Word1
CIOS A135ASpreadsheets I: MS Excel1
CIOS A146Internet Concepts and Applications1
Core Courses
CIOS A101BKeyboarding B: Business Documents I1
CIOS A101CKeyboarding C: Business Documents II1
CIOS A11510-Key for Business Calculations2
CIOS A125AElectronic Communications I: MS Outlook1
CIOS A140ADatabases I: MS Access1
CIOS A150APresentations: MS PowerPoint1
CIOS A161ABusiness Writing Strategies2
CIOS A165Office Procedures3
CIOS A230AWord Processing II: MS Word1
Advisor-approved electives3
Total Credits16

A total of 16 credits is required for this OEC.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this OEC, students will demonstrate:

  • Keystroke skills of 40 net words per minute minimum.
  • Intermediate skills in word processing and business document formatting. 
  • Entry-level skills in spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and electronic communication. 
  • Customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of proper grammar and mechanics used in business documents. 
  • Basic business math and 10-key calculator operations. 
  • Entry-level skills in file organization and management.