Mar 30, 2023  
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Assistant, 1-yr Certificate

Length: One year, 54 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $10,425

  • Books/Course Materials - $1,405
  • Computers/Internet Service - $1,500
  • Online Course Fees - $150
  • Technology Fees - $486
  • Resident Tuition and General Student Fees - $6,884

Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year’s rates. Course fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this program is to train business assistants for a wide variety of duties. They may handle correspondence, maintain electronic and manual files, assist with financial record keeping, operate a variety of office equipment, assist customers, answer telephones, act as a receptionist, act as an accounts receivable or payable clerk, perform general office duties, and use personal computers for internet research, word processing, and financial analysis.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Understand accounting as the language of business
  • Anticipate and actively explore innovative solutions to technological and organizational challenges
  • Engage customers and co-workers in a purposeful manner listening to and accurately interpreting their responses within diverse cultural contexts
  • Work independently within diverse business environments; apply individual strengths and critical thinking to collaborative efforts
  • Use software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation tools to input, manage, and interpret information to meet organizational needs
  • Perform on the job in ways that reflect professional ethics, legal standards, and organizational expectations
  • Create professional, accurate documents
  • Provide basic training and technical support for office equipment and software systems
  • Use research and analytical skills to support the activities of the organization
  • Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to answer them
  • Make effective presentations to internal and external audiences
  • Use appropriate library and information resources to research business topics
  • Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in decision-making and problem solving
  • Use good keyboarding skills to prepare documents quickly and accurately according to employer standards
  • Organize and manage the daily business functions of a business/organization

Program Requirements

General Education

General Education courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better, or Pass.

Writing (4 credits):

Math (4 credits):

Program Core Courses

Program Core courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP not accepted.