April 1, 2004: The executive assistant for the 21st century

      April 1, 2004
      Contact: Carol M. Cram, convenor
      Capilano College Executive Support program
      Tel: 604.986.1911, local 2296

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—The executive assistant for the 21st century workplace needs a formidable arsenal of tools to run an office — and a boss — with maximum efficiency.

      Capilano College has responded to the changing role of support staff by developing the new Executive Support program. This nine-month intensive program provides students with the practical skills they need to get a job as executive assistants, office managers, or office administrators.

      “Our students learn the advanced computer skills and the organizational and administrative skills they need to coordinate activities in the modern electronic-based office,” says Carol Cram, convenor of the Executive Support program.

      The first group of students to take the Executive Support program will finish their nine-month program in just two weeks. After a short practicum, the students will hit the employment lines.

      “Employers have a wonderful opportunity to hire students with excellent skills,” states Catherine Vertesi, dean of Business at Capilano College. “The jobs are out there and our students will be prepared.”

      Students in the Executive Support program are skilled in Dreamweaver, Simply Accounting, and all the Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Project. In addition, students have taken courses in E-Commerce, Special Event Planning, Communications, Organizational Behaviour, Project Administration, and Training Skills.

      Employers wishing to host a two-week practicum from April 26 to May 3, or those interested in advertising positions with their company, can contact Carol Cram at 604.986.1911, local 2296.



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      For more information, please contact Carol Cram at 604.986.1911, local 2296.