Office and Support Careers

How do I get started?

You can get started in any of the careers below with short-term training.  With more education and experience, you'll be able to advance to careers that use similar skills and knowledge.  

  • Administrative Support: Customer Service Representatives, Office Clerks, Receptionists, Secretaries, Administrative Assistants, Bookkeeping Clerks, Accounting Clerks, Executive Secretaries, or Supervisor of Administrative Support Workers
  • Banking and Financial Support Services: Bill or Account Collector; Loan Interviewer and Clerk
  • Education and Training:  Teaching Assistant or - if you are multilingual, consider a career as an Interpreter or Translator.  Training is available in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Human Services: Social and Human Services Assistant

There are also many free Adult Basic Education courses you can take to get basic English and computer skills that will help you be prepared for an administrative support career.

Non-Credit Classes

Why choose non-credit classes?  

  • Flexible scheduling options – many classes are “open enrollment” throughout the year
  • Take just one course to gain skills employers will recognize

What types of non-credit classes are available?

Consider training courses in:

  • Administrative Support: Bookkeeping, Project Management, Computer Skills, Banking, Customer Service, Office Software
  • Business Support:  Graphic and Web Design, Accounting, Change Agent Certification, Certified Scrum Master, Business Writing, Coaching Certification, Data Analysis, Lean Six Sigma 
  • Education and Training: American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Management Finances for Non-financial Managers, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Agile and Scrum, Marketing and Social Media, Entrepreneurship, Supervision and Management Certificate, Leadership Series, Coaching, Collaboration, Building Teams, Succession Planning, Supervision 

Find and register for classes 

Short-Term Credit Programs

Why choose short-term credit programs?  

  • Complete a certificate in one year or less
  • Get started in a new career

What types of credit programs are available?

Look for certificate programs that are 30 credits or less if you want to complete training in a year or less. Associate programs typically take two-years to complete. You can find more training options using the campus and program search.

Adult Basic Education Courses

You can find free computer and english classes for adults at many Adult Basic Education programs. Visit Minnesota Literacy to find classes near you.