Office Support Specialist

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Office Support Specialist

Technical Diploma

33 Credits | 1 Year

Career Pathway | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, New Richmond, Online, Rice Lake, Superior

Career Cluster: Business Management

The Office Support Specialist diploma prepares you to be successful in a variety of office settings whether in health, education, business, for-profit, non-profit, industry or other. You will develop your software knowledge, customer service skills, and interpersonal communications in order to support the functions of your organization. This foundation prepares you for several career opportunities and places you at a half-way milestone to your achieving an Administrative Professional associate degree. 

Program Overview

Many of the skill subjects are competency based and available through alternate delivery methods. You can learn a living and earn your degree pretty much anytime, anywhere that fits your schedule. Once you have your WITC diploma, you can couple it with work experience and further your education to advance into positions with more responsibility. 

Program Outcomes

Office Support Specialist graduates will be able to:

  • Perform accurate workplace communications
  • Use technology skills for business tasks
  • Perform routine office procedures
  • Demonstrate professionalism and effective workplace relationships
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Perhaps you are already working in an office setting. Earning your Office Support Specialist diploma will give you the opportunity to learn a more tips and tricks about the technologies you most likely already use AND provide you with documentation needed to pursue bigger projects or promotions within your company.

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Open new doors.

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Advance your skills.

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Accommodating schedules and locations. 


Conveniently take classes online, in-person or in a WITC Flex, which allows you to complete the degree in whatever way works for you and in just two semesters. Select courses are available at the Hayward and Ladysmith Outreach Centers. 


You can attend Office Support Specialist classes on-campus or enroll in classes that are offered online or in a flexible-attendance classroom setting.


You will use a variety of technology including various software packages, training tutorial software, social media, web-conferencing and more.

Employability Essentials

You will be ready to meet employer expectations in the areas of personal awareness, technical savvy, teamwork and professionalism.. 


The program curriculum you will experience will prepare you for a career as an office support specialist.  Embedded within the diploma are two milestone diplomas that build your confidence and increase your skills along the way. 

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Featured Office Support Specialist Courses

| 1 CR
Learners create, edit, sort, and query a database. They also learn how to create and print basic forms and reports.
| 3 CR
This course is designed to develop professional skills and attitudes needed in today’s global business environment. Topics include making ethical decisions, working independently and as a team member, and managing time. Telecommunications, mail processing, travel arrangements and conferences, public relations, and ergonomics will be included. Previous word processing and proofreading experience is recommended. PREREQUISITE: 10106110 Document Formatting and 10106146 Proofreading for the Office.
| 1 CR
Learners will gain knowledge on computer hardware, basic computer operations, and the operating system. An emphasis will be placed on file/document management in a network environment and on a standalone personal computer. Learners will become familiar with the World Wide Web by accessing the Internet through browser software. Learners will use e-mail and learn how to communicate properly through e-mail and optional online vehicles. Learners will use search engines/databases for research purposes and proper validation techniques.

Office Support Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Office Support Specialist student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
17 Credits / Less Than 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Customer Service Representative, File Clerk, Receptionist/Information Clerk
Range of Yearly Salary
$17,790-$30,222 annually
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Technical Diploma
9 Credits / Less Than One Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Word Processor, Clerk Typist, Program Assistant
Range of Yearly Salary
$17,790-$29,390 annually
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This is the program you’re looking at.

Technical Diploma
33 Credits / 1 Year Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Office Support Specialist, Receptionist/Secretary, Data Entry Operator
Range of Yearly Salary
$23,918-$31,198 annually
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Continue your education to obtain an associate degree. 

Associate Degree
60 credits
Potential Careers
Administrative Professional, Executive Assistant, Office Manager
Range of Yearly Salary
$25,478-$45,237 annually
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Administrative Professional Related Bachelor's Degree

Lakeland University | Northland College | UW-Barron County | UW-Green Bay | UW-Stout

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck.

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Office Support Specialist

33 Credits | 1 Year


$2,138 for books (including tax)

*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Office Support Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain technical diplomas in Office Technology Assistant, Microsoft Office and Office Support Specialist. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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