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Administrative Assistant

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

Empower yourself with the knowledge and skills to pursue a fulfilling and challenging career in today's high-tech offices. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of administrative assistants and secretaries is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The administrative assistant degree program at Finger Lakes Community College can help you enter the job market with strong skills in the high-tech, management, and communication areas. Projected employment opportunities vary by specialty with the fastest growth expected in the construction, legal, and service industries, including:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Social Assistance
  • Professional
  • Science
  • Technology

The Program

The A.A.S. administrative assistant degree program at FLCC offers an individualized approach by providing small class sizes along with supportive faculty and staff.

Technology: Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art computers utilizing administrative software programs as well as ergonomically designed office furniture to simulate an actual work environment.

In addition to the associate degree, FLCC offers a certificate in office technology, which can be earned in as little as nine months and is fully transferable to the degree program.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply the standard knowledge and skills to gain an entry-level administrative assistant position.
  • Use current and emerging technologies to solve workplace challenges through research, presentations, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Communicate effectively both in oral and written forms as an administrative assistant.
  • Use mathematics to solve workplace challenges encountered by an administrative assistant.
  • Exhibit professional values and honesty to the business environment.
  • Display knowledge and skill with human interaction in a diverse business environment.

The Experience

If you choose to enroll in the administrative assistant degree program, you can expect to be prepared for the ever-evolving technological business world. While majoring in this area of study, current computer technology will be instructed to you thoroughly. Additionally, the program will also cultivate those advanced skills required to handle the complex responsibilities that were once performed by management. All of these acquired skills will help you contribute to the successful operation and management of an efficient business.

The Graduates

As a graduate of this degree program, you will be employable immediately upon graduation and career choices are as diverse as one's imagination. Job opportunities are common in:

  • Legal, Medical, or Veterinary Medicine
  • Accounting, Advertising, Banking, Insurance, or Real Estate
  • Federal, State, or Local Governments
  • Entertainment, Construction, Retail, or Education
  • Wine Industry or Tourism
  • Science or Research
  • Social Service

FLCC graduates are employed for companies across New York State including:

  • Kodak
  • Xerox
  • Goulds Pumps-ITT
  • Canandaigua Medical Group

Graduates of this program that have chosen to transfer to four-year institutions such as Nazareth College of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology*, are currently pursuing careers as:

  • Marketing Administrators
  • Paralegals
  • Teachers
  • College Professors

Salary: While salaries vary greatly by industry segment and region, the most recent Occupational Outlook Handbook reports the median annual earnings of administrative assistants and secretaries was $35,330 in May 2012.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As an administrative assistant major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Joanne Glover Memorial
  • Canandaigua Rotary Martin Schneider
  • Carol Scharett Memorial

For information on these scholarships, contact a member of the business department or the financial aid office.

The Faculty

The professors in the administrative assistant degree program are dedicated to FLCC's mission of teaching and are committed to instructing the most current office technology. The faculty is known for being student-oriented. Faculty members hold master's degrees and bring years of practical office experience into the classroom and relate their experiences to the concepts they teach. Additionally, faculty members in the department have been awarded the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.