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Administrative Office Professions

Sandburg offers both an Administrative Office Professional degree and an Administrative Office Assistant certificate to prepare students with the essential skills needed to meet the fast-paced demands of administrative/executive work. Courses include accounting, communications, office management, customer service, computer applications and information management. Graduates are qualified for positions as administrative/executive assistants and office managers.

Do you have an interest in becoming an important part of a management team? Administrative/executive assistants and office managers are expected to streamline office operations, manage resources and build relationships with stakeholders. They're also expected to maintain confidentiality, work collaboratively and assist with research. Strong communication, time management, organizational, customer service and computer skills are necessary to efficiently and effectively work in this capacity.


Admission requirements

Administrative Office Professions is an open-enrollment program, meaning there is no criteria students must meet to be admitted. If you're interested in enrolling in this program, complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg open houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. For more information, contact the Title IX coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

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Administrative office professionals are needed in offices of every kind. Strong communication, time-management, organizational, customer service and computer skills are necessary to efficiently and effectively assist internal and external customers daily.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates employment of receptionists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be good, especially in healthcare industries. There is an expected growth of 16% from now to 2028 for medical secretaries due to the increased need for healthcare services to support an aging baby boomer population. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

Potential Careers

Administrative assistants

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Office clerks, general 

Legal secretaries

New accounts clerks


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Sample course schedule for the Administrative Office Professions program

View the sample schedule for Administrative Office Professional AAS

View the sample schedule for Administrative Office Assistant certificate


Program format

The Administrative Office Professions program offers face-to-face class, online or multiple modality class options. Multiple-modality courses provide students with the option to sit in a traditional classroom, attend online, or attend using a virtual platform or a telepresence robot; however, the program cannot be completed entirely online. 


Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, you should have access to a reliable computer with broadband  (high-speed) internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.


Internship requirements

The Administrative Office Professional degree program requires an internship as a graduation requirement. Internships are an excellent way to gain experience in your chosen career field and stand out as a competitive candidate in the job market after graduation. For more information about the process, please visit our internship page.

Estimated costs for the Administrative Office Professions program

Administrative Office Professional AAS degree cost sheet

Administrative Office Assistant Certificate cost sheet

Financial aid

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to see if you qualify for financial support. 

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Thanks to our generous donors, the Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award more than $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students — everyone is eligible to apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year.

Meet the instructors

Scott Cramer
Knox County CEO Program Coordinator

Jody Janssen
Administrative Office Professional Adjunct Faculty 

James Lee
Administrative Office Professional Adjunct Faculty

Linda Lee
Information & Communications Technology Adjunct Faculty
Administrative Office Professional Adjunct Faculty

Ashlynn Frenell
Administrative Office Professional Adjunct Faculty

Christine Murphy
Hancock County CEO Program Coordinator

Jena Linkin
Information & Communication Technology Adjunct Faculty
Administrative Office Professional Adjunct Faculty 

Kathleen Wight
Administrative Office Professional Adjunct Faculty

Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Business & Accounting Society of Sandburg (BASS) — Currently inactive

The mission of BASS is to provide a real-world experience outside of the classroom through various exposures to different styles of business and accounting procedures to current students and disseminate business and accounting information throughout Sandburg. Membership is open to all full- and part-time students currently enrolled at Sandburg.

Advisor: To be announced

Administrative Office Professions program goals

The Administrative Office Professions program goals can be found in the current catalog.