Administrative Professionals Are In Demand

Administrative Professionals Are In Demand

The Empire College student chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is putting the finishing touches on a variety of festivities in honor of Administrative Professionals Week, April 20-24. From resume writing workshops to the coordination of gift bags, events will focus on the essential role administrative professionals play in today’s fast-paced, high-tech business world.

"I am very proud of the teamwork and leadership skills our students are building through their involvement in IAAP as well as our internship programs," says Cindy Hanna, Empire’s Office Administration Department Head. "The latter also builds community, as the majority of students intern for non-profit organizations."

One of the organizations that is currently benefitting from Empire’s interns is Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, which partners with low income families and individuals to help them achieve economic and social stability. Celena Gonzalez is completing a 50-hour internship in the Finance Department, and Eliasandra Sanchez is filling a temporary position in Community Action’s program for the homeless.

"We could not be happier with our partnership with Empire College," says Hazel Whiteoak, Community Action’s volunteer coordinator. "Not only are Celena and Eliasandra totally efficient and bright, but they are bilingual. Both are angels; I wish we could keep them!"

Addressing the hard and soft skills required for employment is the hallmark of training at Empire College. Career-oriented education incorporates students’ life skills through project-based learning. The 6 to 15- month certificate and associate degree programs prepare office administration graduates for positions ranging from office assistants to office managers at companies in virtually any industry.

"As an administrative professional, you never know what skills you will need in any given job or on any given day," explains Eliasandra. "Fortunately the associate degree program I took at Empire College covered a variety of subjects from business law to presentation skills to the achievement of Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) certification in Office 2007 software."

"I had no idea that I would be assisting people in finding housing, presenting workshops on financial literacy, or working on issues relating to landlord/tenant rights," admits Eliasandra. "I enjoy the variety of my work at Community Action, and helping people who are facing hard times is very rewarding"

On a daily basis, Empire’s Career Placement Department hears comments from employers about the need for candidates with both hard and soft skills. "Matching employers’ needs with the 'perfect candidate' and saving them the time of sifting through hundreds of resumes is extremely rewarding," says Lucille Inman, Empire’s Director of Career Services. "Our office administration graduates are in demand. It is a program area where we consistently achieve 90 to 100 percent placement rates, even in these tough economic times."

Empire College is proud of its 48-year legacy of training students with the skills needed to be competitive in the job market and of matching those students as qualified candidates to meet the needs of local employers.