This program is designed to prepare students for employment as administrative secretaries or assistants. Administrative Assistants plan and schedule appointments and meetings, organize and maintain paper as well as electronic files, manage projects, and disseminate information using the telephone, mail services, web sites, or email. They may also coordinate travel arrangements and orient new staff. Administrative Assistants are aided in these tasks by a variety of office equipment, such as fax machines, photocopiers, scanners, videoconferencing and telephone systems. Various computer software programs enable Administrative Assistants to create spreadsheets, manage databases, prepare presentations, newletters, and a variety of other documents. In addition, Administrative Assistants may be given more challenging tasks such as composing letters, recording meeting minutes, performing research, generating reports, maintaining budgets and other accounting applications, and performing supervisory responsibilities. This program requires strong verbal, listening, and writing skills, ability to keep confidential information, and skills to use a variety of software application programs.