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An executive assistant is a professional focused on providing administrative support to individuals and groups in an organization.  Executive assistant's are commonly known as executive secretary's or executive administrator's.  An executive assistant may provide business essential administrative support across several business channels.  They may have highly specialized skills depending on the employment situation and business needs.

The core role of an executive secretary revolves around the organization, management, and dissemination of information both from and to business stakeholders.   Executive secretaries are required to have exceptional communication skills and organization skills.  These skills are requisite to anticipate needs, communicate changes, and help disseminate information to critical stakeholders in the organization.

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The University of Akron (UA), located in Ohio, is a public research university. UA offers 300 undergraduate academic degree programs and also many programs at the graduate levels. UA has many new or updated buildings on campus with modern amenities and high-technology classrooms.  In addition to its degree programs, UA offers workforce and career training, continuing education, distance training via online courses, and international study programs.

UA has a highly acclaimed faculty, is considered a "Best in the Midwest" college by the Princeton Review, and has many top-ranking academic programs. Some of UA's most recently top-ranked programs include chemistry, business, science and technology, and engineering.

History

In 1870, the Ohio Universalist Convention founded the University of Akron was founded as "Buchtel College." Originally a church-focused school, the emphasis shifted to non-denominational interests and curricula by 1907. In 1913, the trustees created the Municipal University of Akron, which became the University of Akron (UA) in 1926.  In 1959, the University of Akron became the fifth university in Ohio to offer a doctoral degree. In 1967, UA became a state university.  In the 1990s, a new campus was developed, with 9 new buildings reaching completion in 2004. In 2008, the on-campus sports stadium, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, was completed. In 2010, UA was named an Ohio Center of Excellence for its biomedicine, healthcare, and enabling technologies programs.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Akron follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and two summer sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The University of Akron has 14 academic colleges and schools, including:

  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Law School
  • Summit College
  • University College
  • Wayne College
  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Creative and Professional Arts
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • College of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 200 student clubs and organizations available at UA for student involvement and enrichment. Students at UA can choose from groups focused on politics, faith, ethnicity, academic interests, hobbies, music, careers, and more. There are local chapters of national fraternities and sororities. More than 12 intramural sports and clubs are available for student participation. Campus-sponsored events and activities include inner-tube water polo and ultimate Frisbee tournaments. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center has more information about intramural sports and athletics activities.

Traditions

The University of Akron's school colors are blue and white, and its mascot is "Zippy" the kangaroo.

The athletic teams for the UA were christened the "Zippers" or "Zips" in 1925, after a campus-wide contest was held to choose a nickname.  The origin of the "Zippers" was inspired by a zip-up style of rain boots, or galoshes, that were invented by the B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio.

Athletics

Many of the University of Akron's "Zips" athletes have become professional NFL players. The UA "Zips" athletic teams compete in 19 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Akron Campus location, the University of Akron offers many courses at locations around the Ohio region via its distance-learning program. Satellite locations include:

  • Wayne College (Orrville, OH)
  • The Medina County University Center (Medina, OH)
  • The Wayne College Holmes County Higher Education Center (Millersburg, OH)
  • Midpoint Campus Center (Brunswick, OH)
  • Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (Rootstown, OH)

Community Life

The UA is integral to the regional economy of Akron, Ohio, with partnerships in local business and government providing students and graduates with many learning and career opportunities.  Communities bordering the university's Akron campus have been refurbished into healthier homes through UA programs and initiatives.

The city of Akron offers many opportunities for recreation and entertainment, with a vibrant downtown area and many parks for outdoor activities. The UA campus has easy access to the downtown area, and to highways and airports.

Some of the region's points of interest include the EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the Akron Art Museum and Cleveland Museum of Art, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, among others.

Acceptance Rate

73.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is situated on a hilltop campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is a public research university with top research faculty and many nationally recognized academic programs. Some of the top WKU programs include journalism, business, education, broadcasting and engineering.

WKU, which is comprised of four campuses and Study Abroad/overseas programs, is the fastest growing university in Kentucky. High school juniors and seniors who are high achievers can enroll in the Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Sciences at WKU.

WKU has more than 170 academic study areas at the undergraduate and pre-professional levels. WKU offers associate degrees, certificates, and bachelor's degrees. There are 50 graduate programs to choose from.

WKU offers flexible programs through its University College, which are suited to non-traditional students such as working adults or those seeking lifelong learning. Flexible classes are offered at locations across the mid-state area.

History

Western Kentucky University was established in 1906 as one of two teacher training institutions - the Western Kentucky State Normal School in Bowling Green. Classes commenced in 1907. Eventually this state-supported school took over the Southern Normal School, and its owner, Henry cherry, became WKU's first president.  

In 1911, the school moved to the Hill, which is the present site of its main campus. The curricula continued to focus on teacher training for 10 years. The school was approved to grant four-year degrees, and in 1922, was approved to grant four-year degrees.

In 1927, Western merged with Ogden College. In 1930, Western's name was changed to Western Kentucky State Teachers College. In 1931, the first master's degree was offered.

The curriculum began to broaden beyond teacher training, and the name was changed to Western Kentucky State College in 1948.

In 1963, Western merged with the Bowling Green College of Commerce, which became a separate college within Western's structure. The Graduate School at Western also had separate status. In 1965, three more colleges formed:  the College of Education, the Ogden College of Science and Technology, and the Potter College of Liberal Arts. In 1966, the name was changed to Western Kentucky University.

Academics

The academic calendar for Western Kentucky University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. WKU also offers a Winter Term in the month of January. Its summer semester is divided into two sessions in June, and two sessions in July.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Gordon Ford College of Business
  • Ogden College of Science and Engineering
  • Potter College of Arts & Letters
  • University College
  • Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science
  • Honors College

Student Life

Students at Western Kentucky University enjoy a wide range of student services, including:

  • Academic Support Services
  • Advising
  • Library
  • Testing
  • Tutoring
  • Campus Safety
  • Campus Security
  • WKU Store
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Disabilities Services
  • Health Services
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Community Links
  • Study Abroad 

Students at WKU are encouraged to join one of the many student clubs and organizations that are available for participation. Students may also log onto the WKU-O Blog to find out more about student clubs and activities on campus. There is a Dynamic Leadership Institute (DLI) on campus that teaches students interpersonal skills and the knowledge they will need to engage in leadership activities on campus.

On campus housing is available in one of the WKU Residence Halls, and there is a range of dining options available.

Traditions

The traditional school colors of Western Kentucky University are red, black and white. The athletic teams are called the WKU "Hilltoppers" or the WKU "Lady Toppers" for the women's teams. The mascot for WKU is "Big Red," a large, red, furry creature that was designed by a WKU student in 1979. Big Red represents the Spirit of Western.

There is a tradition of the "Red Towel at WKU, which began with the late basketball coach, E.A. Diddle. Coach Diddle used to clutch and wave a red towel throughout all Hilltopper basketball games. Now the Red Towel has become synonymous with outstanding basketball, and fans at WKU sporting events will wave red-colored towels in the air as they cheer for "Big Red."

Athletics

The Western Kentucky University "Hilltoppers" and "Lady Toppers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The campuses of Western Kentucky University include its main campus at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and satellite campuses at:

  • Glasgow
  • Owensboro
  • Elizabethtown 

WKU also sends students each term to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

Community Life

WKU has outreach programs that allow students and faculty to interface with community business and industry, local organizations and more. The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) offers both credit and non-credit classes to students of all ages. DELO partners with local businesses to plan special events, provide customized training, and develop degree programs that meet the needs of the organization.

The ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships brings campus and community together to enrich both higher education and public life. ALIVE CCP facilitates collaborative efforts that address local, regional, and global needs while also enhancing the level of student learning and educational experience.

Acceptance Rate

97.26

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

About
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, located in Tifton, Georgia, was founded in 1908 and was originally known as Second District A&M. The school went through several more name changes in subsequent years, including South Georgia A&M College in 1924, Georgia State College for Men in 1929, and finally Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1933 when the school became part of the newly formed University of System of Georgia. The school is named after Abraham Baldwin one of the original signers of the US Constitution fro Georgia and the first president of the University of Georgia.

Academics
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College was originally an associate degree granting institution but has expanded its role to provide bachelor degrees in studies to relating agriculture and business.The school still offers a large number of associate level programs that allow students to pursue transfer opportunities or career related education as part of the services offered by the school. Career programs allow students to receive an education in a high demand field and take between one and two years to complete.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Individuals interested in enrollment at ABAC will have separate requirements for admission based on the course of study pursued and whether it is a bachelor's or associate's program. Individuals will supply an application, transcripts and test scores (if available) and must pay all associated fees. Participation in orientation and a meeting with a counselor is encouraged. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and are awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the student in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Acceptance Rate

73.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

About New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY), located in Brooklyn, New York, was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences. The school merged with Voorhees Technical Institute in 1971, which was founded as The Technical Schools of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1881 and a leader in technology education.

Today the school is the largest technical four year institution in the northeastern United States, serving over 15,000 students a year. The school offers a number of programs that are unavailable elsewhere in the state. City Tech is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Academics New York City College of Technology offers a variety of programs that may result in a certificate, associate degree or bachelor degree. Certificate and associate programs provide students with a technical education that may be used for career training, allowing students to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

Two year programs may also be used for transfer to another institution for completion of a four year education by completing the first two years of a bachelor degree.  Additionally, the school offers a number of bachelor degree programs also provide students with four year educational opportunities, some of which are unique to the school. City Tech is one of four institutions in the CUNY system to offer a associate and bachelor degree programs.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and FInancial Aid Students interested in enrollment at the New York City College of Technology must submit a completed application to the school electronically. Students must be high school graduates or have an equivalency diploma. Students will apply directly to their program of choice, which may have additional requirements for admissions. Students are also required to show proof of immunization as required by the state.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs at the state and federal level. Financial aid is disbursed based on need as determined through a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which will also be used to identify eligibility and the awards sum. Students may be asked to provide additional financial information to the school's financial aid office to ensure that information provided is accurate and awards are disbursed properly.
Clubs and Organizations City Tech has a  number of clubs and organizations which offer students the opportunity the meet others with similar interests and pursuing similar goals. Clubs offer a forum for discussion and participation, and encourage educational development and socializing outside of a classroom setting. Clubs and organization also allow for the formation of bonds between students, many of which last long after the students have graduated.

  • Clubs and Organizations at City Tech include:
  • Accounting Society AIGA Student Chapter
  • Image Maker
  • International Business Organization
  • Society of Future Legal Professionals
  • Animation and Gaming
  • Latin Dance and Recreation

Student Services and Resources City Tech offers students a variety of services and resources to ensure that they will be able to succeed academically. The school offers a number of facilities and offices student s may choose to utilize, such childcare, counseling, IT services and a wellness center in order to help deal with problems or assist in easing one's stress and workload. Resources are also available for disabled students, veterans, distance learners, and those seeking jobs through the career and employment center. City Tech tries to meet the needs of students to ensure that they will be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the school.

Acceptance Rate

87.7

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

In 1969, Medgar Evers College was established as the senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY). It was named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a civil rights activist known as the man of the Mississippi. His legacy is reflected in the multicultural and diverse population of this college interacting harmoniously in a community that values equality and respect for every individual.

Located at 1650 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225, MEC is committed to meeting the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community as it empowers the students to achieve life-long success and positively contribute to the community. 

MEC boasts for its world class resources and highly qualified professors that allow it constantly respond to the changing global and economic needs. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education while its academic programs are registered by the New York State Department of Education. 

This college offers Certificates, Bachelor's and Associate degree programs in nearly 100 major areas of study under the School of Business, Liberal Arts & Education, and Science, Health & Technology. Evening and weekend classes are available for selected courses in liberal arts, education, social sciences, math, sciences, and business. MEC not only focuses on providing a degree, it also supports students in finding jobs upon completion of a course through a networking framework. 

Through the School of Professional and Community Development (SPCD), MEC also provides opportunities for the community residents to enhance their skills and prepare for higher education. This program has four divisions: Academy for Youth, Academy for Career Pathways, Adult and Continuing Education and Research and Advocacy Centers.

Prospective Student’s Guide http://www.mec.cuny.edu/prospective.asp

Degree Programs http://www.mec.cuny.edu/oaa/degree_programs.asp

Acceptance Rate

90.28

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Memphis is part of the Tennessee Technology Center System that provides competitive training to students who wish to have better employment opportunities in highly in demand industries.  The school is accredited with the Council on Occupational Education and has achieved a high completion rate of 65% and licensure rate of 95% among its students.

To meet the vision, mission and goals of the school to provide empowerment to students as well as to the local economy, the school hired experienced faculty members and staffs as well as built state-of-the-art facilities to help promote higher learning to the students. Currently, the school offers fulltime programs, online degrees and industry trainings.

The fulltime programs offered by TTC-Memphis include aircraft mechanics, assistant animal laboratory technology, aviation maintenance, barbering, building construction technology, collision repair, business system technology, graphic design, pharmacy technology, truck driving, welding, dental assisting  and computer information technology. What makes TTC-Memphis great is that offers many unique programs that other TTC campuses do not and this is the reason why many students enroll in this school than other campuses under the system.

The tuition fee in TTC-Memphis is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regent thus it still remained at $184 since last academic year (2012-2013). Since the school is under the network governed by TBR, students who wish to transfer to community colleges and universities to seek higher education can do so without any problems.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$6,011 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Located in Morristown City in Tennessee, The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Morristown is one of the technical colleges governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The mission of the school is to provide competitive programs that empower not only the students but also the local community in Morristown. TTC-Morristown is accredited with the Council on Occupational Education thus it offers competitive programs that are able to meet the demands of the local industries.

The school currently offers 2-year fulltime programs which include auto body technology, automotive technology, aviation maintenance technology, business systems technology, computer information technology, drafting or CAD technology, graphic arts, HVAC technology, industrial electricity and maintenance, practical nursing and welding. The school also offers part time evening programs and online courses to provide more flexibility to students who cannot attend fulltime classroom instructions.

Regarding the tuition fee rate in TTC-Morristown, the cost per credit hour is $183 but programs requiring laboratory units have to pay extra $100 for the room and equipment fees. On the other hand, students who wish to proceed to an associate degree or a four years bachelor degree can take advantage of the student service center. In fact, the school is part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway wherein students can transfer to schools like the Tennessee University, Christian Brothers University, King University, Lipscomb University, Nashville State Community College and Pellissippi State Community College without the need to worry about not crediting their units. 

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Green Country Technology Center, located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, is a technical school with a lot to offer prospective students. Serving both high school and adult students, Green Country Technology Center has a program for everyone. 

GCTC offers many programs of study to both their high school and adult enrollees. These career certificate programs include: nursing assistant, medical assistant, dental assistant, fitness specialist, licensed practical nurse, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist, physical therapy aide, radiology aide, veterinary assistant, and many more.

Also offered at Green Country Technology Center are lots of resources to assist students in reaching their goals. GCTC boasts a state-of-the-art academic center that offers help with occupational searches, college listings, job applications, resume preparation, interviewing techniques, tutoring, test preparation, library services, and many more.

Students who are currently in high school can attend Green Country Technology Center free of charge, with the exception of any outstanding fees, and the cost of books and supplies.  The cost to attend for in-district adults is $2.50 per hour and the cost to attend for out-of-district adults is $5.00 per hour.

Green Country Technology Center also offers business and industry training that prepares employees for various on-the-job situations. These classes help reduce work related accidents and injuries, reduce lost-time days, and increase bottom line figures for companies who take part.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying at Green Country Technology Center, or if you want to learn more about the career certificates and programs offered there, click here to visit GCTC’s official website.

Acceptance Rate

84.62

Tuition

$2,625 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Great Lakes Institute of Technology is a two year private career college dedicated to offering a practical education for students located in and around Erie. Students may choose from a few areas of study, including:

  • Personal and Culinary Services
  • Health and Clinical Professions
  • Education

Over the past several years Great Lakes Institute of Technology has awarded degrees to over 730 students with more than 75% of students who start the program complete it. Over twenty different programs are offered at Great Lakes Institute of Technology. The more popular programs are listed below:

  • Cosmetology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist

To help support students, Great Lakes Institute of Technology may offer support services like those listed below:

  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employment search assistance

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges has accredited the instruction & training provided by Great Lakes Institute of Technology for over thirty-four straight years. Please visit glit.edu for more information on programs offered and consumer disclosures.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$30,000 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Jackson is part of the 26 technical centers governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.  TTC-Jackson has been around many decades providing excellent classroom instructions to programs that are related to highly in-demand industries. Moreover, the school also provides training to employees and empowers local communities by producing some of the nation’s most skilled workers.

The school is accredited by the Council on Occupational Health. In the last accreditation, TTC-Jackson obtained high rates on the performance criteria which include the completion (79%), placement (69%) and licensure (100%) rates of students. This is evidence that the school is always thinking of ways to improve their programs for the sake of excellence. 

Due to the passion of the school and students toward excellence, those who wish to transfer to a community college or state university to get higher education can do so via the Tennessee Transfer Pathway. TTC-Jackson is in partnership with community colleges like Bethel University, Northeast Community College, Christian Brothers University and University of Tennessee.

Today, the school offers a wide variety of programs which include truck driving, computer information systems, industrial electricity, machine tool technology, business systems technology, metalworking, CAD technology, industrial maintenance, surgical technology, HVAC, practical nursing, electronics, welding, automotive technology and collision repair. The school also offers online programs to those who wish to get technical diplomas

Since last academic year of 2012-2013, the school did not impose an increase in their tuition fee rates. Currently, students have to pay $183 per credit hour thus an average student usually pays $1050 per term. 

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

The objective of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris is to provide technical training to students to meet the occupational needs of the community. Before it was called TTC-Paris, the school was formerly a consolidation of the seven Henry County High Schools in 1970.  The school started out as a branch of the McKenzie Vocational School.

The school opened its doors to its first enrollees in 1972 and it focused more on programs related to the health industry. It was then during the following year that other programs were added which include the electronics program, small gas engine repair and general metals.  In 1973, the school was expanded with some 23,000 square foot addition to the main campus. The expansion also resulted to the school offering more programs including child care, cosmetology, farm equipment repair, auto body repair, plumbing and appliance repair.  It was only during 1983 when the school was transferred to the Tennessee Board of Regents thus its name was changed to Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris.

Today, the school contributes to the growth and development of the local economy by training competitive workforce. With its drive to excellence in technical training, the school also became accredited with the Council on Occupational Education.  The college also  got approval from the Veterans Affairs Administration.

The Tennessee Board of Regents controls the tuition fee rates in TTC-Paris. Fulltime students need to pay $183 per credit hour. This tuition fee rate is implemented in other technology centers governed by the TBR since last academic year (2012-2013). On the other hand, students who wish to enroll in community colleges and state universities will be able to transfer their credits easily as long as the community college or university is accredited or governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Murfreesboro is one of the 47 institutions that are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents System.  TTC-Murfreesboro is an AA/EEO school which means that it accepts students from different races, nationality, disability, age, sex and color.  It is located near the airport and the Old Fork Pathway, the TTC-Murfreesboro is very accessible to everyone.

The school is affiliated with different organizations which include the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, American Technical Education Association, Council on Occupational Education, National Vocational-Technical Honor Society and SkillsUSA. This is the reason why TTC-Murfreesboro is dedicated in developing programs that will produce highly competitive graduates in different industries.

Currently, the school offers fulltime and part-time programs to those who wish to earn credits in automotive technology, business systems technology, computer information technology, cosmetology, dental assisting, CAD technology, web development, HVAC technology, industrial electrical maintenance, phlebotomy, practical nursing and surgical technology.  Aside from the fulltime and part-time programs, the school also offers online courses and distance learning education to those who want to get certificates in a particular industrial process.

TTC-Murfreesboro is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents which means that the tuition fee rates are the same for all technical centers. In fact, the flat rate per credit hour is $183 which was implemented during the academic year of 2012-2013. On the other hand, being governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents also has some advantages as students who wish to transfer to a local community college or state university can easily transfer their credential from TTC-Murfreesboro.  To date, the TBR has six universities and 14 community colleges affiliated under the system.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$5,105 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Livingston started out in 1963 as the Livingston State Area Vocational-Technical School.  It was the state legislature in the 1963 General Assembly of the Tennessee State Board of Education that led to the change of the schools name as all technical schools in Tennessee became collectively known as the Tennessee Technology Center System.

It was first governed by the Tennessee Department of Education before it was assigned to the Tennessee Board of Regent.  Located near the Airport Road outside Livingston, the TTC-Livingston is established in a 15-acre plot and it serves the counties of Clay, Overton, Fentress, Putnam, Jackson and Pickett in Tennessee.

Today, the school is focused on developing programs that will meet the demands of the local communities and employers. The school offers programs that are perfect to those who are seeking immediate employment which include automotive technology, business systems, computer technology, building construction, collision repair, cosmetology, electronics technology, practical nursing, welding, health science education, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology and pharmacy technician. Moreover, the school also offers part-time classes, online courses, industry training and distance education.

Since the school is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regent, the tuition fee imposed in the whole TTC System is the same. As of 2012, the tuition fee rate is $183 for basic programs while programs requiring laboratory subjects need to pay extra $100 for the equipment and laboratory fees. 

Many students who have graduated from TTC-Livingston have already proceeded to a community college or the state university to study for higher education. Fortunately, students can take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway where students can ensure that their units will be credited by the colleges that are affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents. Such colleges and universities include Austin Peay State University, Tennessee University and Roane State Community College.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

25:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Pulaski has been around for forty years serving the community of Pulaski in Tennessee by providing quality education and training to students so that they can compete with the global job market. The school serves the counties of Giles, Lincoln, Lawrence, Marshall and Maury.

 TTC-Pulaski was established and accepted in the Tennessee Board of Regents in 1969 to which the first program offered by the school was radio-TV repair. Other programs followed suit as the school expanded and in 1970, additional programs such as machine shop technology, welding, office occupations and blueprint reading.  Today, the school offers more programs to students which include advance manufacturing education, business systems technology, computer operating systems and network technology,  health sciences, HVAC, industrial  electricity, industrial welding, practical nursing  and solar photovoltaic technology.  With its many programs available, TTC-Pulaski has accreditation to the Council on Occupational Education which means that the programs are taught by experienced faculty members and that corresponding state-of-the-art facilities were built in order to support the students’ education.

The tuition and academic fees of the students are paid every trimester. Students who are enrolled at a total of 432 hours in each trimester need to pay $992 in tuition fee. However, programs like nursing and industrial welding require students to pay additional $100 per trimester.

On the other hand, students who wish to transfer to other schools to complete an associate or bachelor degree can easily take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway wherein they can easily choose community colleges or state universities that will accept them and will honor their credits taken at TTC-Pulaski.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Oneida/Huntsville was first founded in 1971 and it has been providing excellent technical programs for students within the city of Huntsville in Tennessee.   The core mission of the school is to provide competency-based training of its students by offering fulltime programs and distance learning education. Because of the excellent teaching instructions in TTC-Oneida/Huntsville, it is no wonder why the school is accredited by the Council of Occupational Education.

The program offered in the Tennessee Technology Center include automotive technology which has been ASE certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. Other programs include collision repair technology, computer information technology, cosmetology, electronics technology, industry training, lineman program, practical nursing, geriatric nursing and machine tool technology. Aside from fulltime programs, the school also offers online continuing education as well as distance learning.

When it comes to the tuition fee rates, fulltime students need to pay the flat rate of $183 per credit hour and a technology fee of $41 as prescribed by the Tennessee Boar d of Regents since last academic year (2012-2013). On the other hand, students who wish to transfer to other universities may do so by following the instructions of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway where they can enroll in accredited community colleges like the Chattanooga State Community College and the Cleveland State University College where all of the TTC-Huntsville units of the students will be credited.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

In 1969, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Harriman was first founded in a stretch of sixteen acres of land in Roane County in Harriman, Tennessee. In October 1, 1970, the construction of the first school building was completed and the school was first named as the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Harriman.  The school grew and got accreditations from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Council on Occupational Education. Today, the campus of TTC-Harriman has a total area of 60,227 square feet that is devoted to academic purposes while some 48,700 square feet is devoted to laboratory use.

The TTC-Harriman has indeed grown into a massive academic institution that offers quality technical training to its students in preparation of finding rewarding employment opportunities in the future. Aside from teaching young students, the school also offers retraining programs for employees who want to upgrade their skills to help them with their employment.

With the professional faculty members and staffs, TTC-Harriman offers programs such as automotive technology, business system technology, cosmetology, industrial maintenance technology, practical nursing, residential wiring technology and welding technology. Moreover, the school also offers certificate online programs in computer information technology and business information technology.  For employers seeking to retrain their employees, the school also offers part-time training in different industrial protocols and processes.  Since the Academic Year of 2012-2013, the tuition fee still remained the same and the basic rate per credit hour is $183 for basic programs while programs that involve laboratory works are $100 higher than the flat rate.

Students who go to TTC-Harriman eventually transfer to a community college or to a four-year college or university. Those who do so can take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway which allows them to transfer to local colleges and universities that are accredited with the Tennessee Board of Regents. Such schools include the following:

  • Cleveland State Community College
  • Columbia State Community College
  • Motlow State Community College

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - McKenzie started out as the McKenzie School in 1964. It was became operational during 1965 and was only restricted to three programs which include automotive mechanics, drafting and office occupation.  Following the same year, the school implemented more programs including HVAC and industrial electronics to meet the demands of the local community. Although the 1963 legislature have indicated that all technical and vocational schools should be under the Tennessee Technology Center System, it was only in 1983 when the McKenzie School became a part of the system. Alongside its acceptance to the TTC System was the change of its name to what it is called today.

The Tennessee Technology Center in McKenzie is considered as the premier training school for students who are seeking technical employment upon graduation. Moreover, the school has also provided training workshops to local employees who want to update their skills. Currently, it offers a wide variety of programs including automotive technology, business systems technology, electronics and green technology, computer information technology, HVAC/refrigeration, industrial maintenance and welding technology. Currently, the tuition fee rate in TTC-McKenzie still remains at $183 which was imposed last year.

Moreover, the school also accepts dual enrollment for high school students. This means that students can take courses at TTC-McKenzie while they are still studying in high school at the same time. Upon their graduation from high school, the student can then proceed with their education at TTC-McKenzie without worrying that their units will not be credited. On the other hand, students who wish to pursue higher learning can go to any community college or university they wish as the Tennessee Board of Regent is accredited by many local colleges and state universities that will credit the units of students from TTC-McKenzie.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Formerly called the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Jacksboro, TTC-Jacksboro first opened in 1967 and was accredited by the Council for Occupational Education after its foundation.  The training programs offered in the school is a mix of academic study and practical experience to ensure that the students are competent as soon as they enter employment.  TTC-Jacksboro is not only a simple technical school but it is also affiliated with the National Technical Honor Society in 2004 for its excellence in teaching technical education by building state-of-the-art training facilities as well as  hiring capable faculty members and staffs.

The programs available in TTC-Jacksboro include automotive technology, computer information technology, business systems, machine took, motorcycle technology, welding, practical nursing and business system. Aside from the fulltime programs, the school also offers evening and online classes which offers more flexibility to students and employees who are seeking retraining to improve and update their skills. The programs are designed so that students can easily proceed to a two-year program in any community college accredited by the Tennessee Board of Regent which is the main governing body of the Tennessee Technology Center System.

The tuition fee rate of TTC-Jacksboro still remains at $183 which was the tuition fee imposed by the Tennessee Board of Regent for last academic year (2012-2013). On the other hand, students who wish to transfer to other schools to pursue associate degrees or a four-year bachelor degree can take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway which allows students to apply to schools that are accredited by the Tennessee Board of Regent without worrying about their units not being credited.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,218 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Recognized as a Gold Star school by the OkACTE, Indian Capital Technology Center is a recipient of numerous accolades. It serves seven counties with its campuses in Muskogee, Sallisaw, Stilwell, and Tahlequah. Muskogee campus is located at 2403 N. 41st Street East Muskogee, OK 74403. As a highly regarded institution, ICTC has the third highest total enrollment rate among the Oklahoma technology center and it has also ranked as the second largest technology center in terms of Business and Industry Services enrollment. This college offers 39 career majors and 12 career clusters responsive to the needs of the students and industry. ICTC provides Full-Time Career Training Programs, Adult and Career Development, and Business and Industry training to equip students with the knowledge and skills essential to jumpstart or upgrade a career in the industry. Most of the programs are under the areas of Computer Technologies, Business and Accounting, Industry and Trade, and Health. Through the ICTC's College Alliance with Connors State College and OSU Institute of Technology, students can obtain college credits to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree. In addition to these programs are Continuing Education, General Interest and Online Courses. To assist students in finding a job, the Job Placement Center support students in job preparation, connects them with local businesses and maintains a list of job openings. Students of ICTC are honed to envision, experience and excel. This school primarily aims to develop competent and world-class workers bound to succeed and contribute to economic development.  Find the school's application and course catalog at www.ictctech.com or simply request information from this page to learn more today.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,098 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

Southwest Technology Center (SWTC) is a trade school serving the greater Atlus, OK area. They have a variety of full-time programs available to students as well as short-term and online programs available for those with busier schedules. SWTC’s mission is to serve individuals, businesses and industries through flexible, quality training, thus enhancing the economy and quality of life in their community. A great feature of SWTC is that they have partnered with Western Oklahoma State University to help students receive college credit for the classes they take at SWTC. After finishing a program at SWTC, students can transfer their credits to Western Oklahoma State University and finish a degree. For students look for a full-time program, SWTC provides a wide variety of choices. Here is a list of the full-time programs available at SWTC:

  • Aviation & Aerospace Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business & Computer Technology
  • Construction Trades
  • Cosmetology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Health Science Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Pre & Practical Nursing
  • Service Careers Technology
  • Biomedical Sciences
Each program varies in length and tuition costs. To see detailed information on any of the above programs click here. SWTC has a great adult education program as well. They have classes for adults to learn about everything from Facebook to Gardening. The adult education program also offers GED preparation courses and testing. If an adult is seeking admission into a full-time program they are required to take certain aptitude tests prior to admittance. SWTC also has a great ed2go program, featuring online classes for convenience. For more information about SWTC or to submit an application, click here.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$3,725 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Ripley is one of the technical colleges that is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. With its mission to enhance the local workforce development in Ripley City in Tennessee, the school offers programs that are related to highly in-demand industries. The average age of students in TTC-Ripley is 30 and this is the reason why the school offers a unique environment to most of its adult learners. 

 All programs in the school provide hands-on knowledge to students as well as valuable theories that will make them competitive workers in the future and are geared towards the needs of the adult learners. The programs taught by experienced faculty members include business systems technology, computer information technology, general building trades, patient care technician, practical nursing, and technology foundations. The school also offers certificate programs and training courses to those who wish to get certificates on a particular industry procedure.

Regarding the tuition fee in TTC-Ripley, it is the same as with the other technical schools under the Tennessee Board of Regents. Students need to pay the flat rate of $183 per credit hour and an additional technology fee of $41 is incurred for each program.

On the other hand, students who wish to transfer to other schools can take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway where they can transfer their credits to community colleges and state universities that are affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents. Such schools include the Tennessee University, Southwest Tennessee Community College and the Roane State Community College.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Autry Technology Center is a progressive career and technology education center established in 1967. It is part of the nationally recognized technology center system in Oklahoma and it is one of the first vocational technical schools in the state. The campus is located at 1201 West Willow Enid, OK 73703. 

With great value for innovation and excellence, this school provides wide spectrum of educational opportunities to approximately 10,000 individuals every year. At Autry, students have the option to choose from any of the following areas of study: Architecture and Construction; Arts and Communication; Business, Management and Technology; Health Science; Hospitality and Human Services; Law and Public Safety; Manufacturing and Trades; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Transportation. These programs are designed to maximize the full potential of students and help them attain their goals. After completion of a course, students can either start a professional career or continue to a four-year institution. 

Accredited by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Education, Autry is associated with several schools, colleges and universities. The in-district tuition rate at this school is $1.60 per hour for adult residents of Garfield County while out-of-district students pay $4.50 per hour. In addition to the tuition fee are expenses for books, supplies, exam fee, liability insurance, and background checks among others. 

Autry also offers Business Development Courses, Business and Industry Services and Career Readiness Training essential to starting and leading business to success. Training and curriculum are aligned with the business and workforce needs, as well as on the current industry trends. Several courses are offered through interactive online learning handled by highly qualified instructors. 

As this school strives to improve people's lives, business and industry within the community it serves, it provides career counseling and assist students through job placement services that connects them to the right employer and job that fits their qualifications and the company's needs. 

Enrollment Applications http://www.autrytech.edu/StudentInfo/EnrollmentApplications.aspx

Classes http://www.autrytech.edu/AutryClasses.aspx

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$2,100 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville is located in the Knox County and is accessible via I-75, I-40 and I-640. Founded in 1966 as Knoxville School, TTC-Knoxville became a part of the Tennessee Technical Center Systems and for over forty five years, the school has been providing excellent instructions to programs related to the demands of the local industry.  Moreover, the school also empowers the local community of Knoxville by providing education opportunities and jobs to the local people. In fact, the graduates in TTC-Knoxville are considered as one of the country’s most skilled workers in different industries.

The school offers fulltime programs which include automotive technology, computer information technology, collision repair, computer network systems, cosmetology, dental assisting, diesel powered equipment technology, HVAC, industrial electricity, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology, medical assistant, medical office information technology, practical nursing, truck driving and welding. Moreover, the school also offers  online courses for those who want to take technical diplomas.  Their online courses include medical coders, nursing assistance, cake decorating, phlebotomy, heat pump technology, quickbooks and technology foundation.

Students who wish to enroll in TTC-Knoxville are required to pay the flat rate of $183 per credit hour. Moreover, other fees such as technology fees as well as student insurances are not yet included. Generally, a student taking up a total of 432 clock hours are required to pay $1050 inclusive of the tuition and other fees.

On the other hand, students who wish to proceed and acquire associate or bachelor degree in a community college or state university can do so by enrolling in schools that are accredited by the Tennessee Board of regents. Examples of such schools include Roane Community College, University of Tennessee and Volunteer State Community College.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,929 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

15:1

Formerly called the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Covington, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington was established originally as a statewide system in 1963 by the Tennessee Legislature. However, it was only in 1966 when TCAT opened its first classes. It is considered as the seventh largest system of higher education in the country and it is run by the Tennessee Board of Regent.

TTC-Covington is fully accredited by the Commission on Occupational Education and the State Office of Veterans has also approved for TTC Covington to train veterans. Today, TTC Covington offers competent training programs through traditional classroom instructions to distance learning education to give people more opportunities for education and empowering their lives once they enter the labor market.

The college offers many fulltime programs which include automotive technology, computer information technology, HVAC, industrial maintenance technology, machine tool technology and practical nursing. Moreover, the school also offers high school training for high school students to have better leverage before entering formal college education.

The tuition fee rate in TTC Covington is $183 per credit hour but programs with laboratory classes have higher rates. Basically, a trimester fee schedule of an average student taking 432 hours is about $912. On the other hand, students who wish to transfer to other schools to seek higher education should take advantage of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway wherein they can transfer to colleges and universities that are part of the Tennessee Board of Regent System.

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Hartsville began opening its doors to students in 1965. Located a mile east of Hartsville City in Tennessee, the school is set on a beautiful 20-acre valley near the Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River. The school is set to help meet the needs of the local students and employees who are seeking for occupational and technical training that will help them land on great employment opportunities.

Currently, the school offers comprehensive technical programs including automotive technology, business systems technology, drafting and CAD technology, electronics, industrial maintenance, machine tool technology, practical nursing, welding technology and work ethics program. Moreover, the school also offers distance learning education by offering certificate programs in allied health, business systems and computer information. 

Similar with the other schools governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents,  the tuition fee rate in TTC-Hartsville still remains at $183 per credit hour as imposed since last academic year (2012-2013). On the other hand, students who wish to transfer to a local community college or university can enjoy the benefits of having their schools accredited under the Tennessee Technology Center Systems. The choices of colleges and universities where students can take higher education include Tennessee University, King University and Roane State Community College to name a few. 

Acceptance Rate

-

Tuition

$4,236 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

Executive Assistant Degrees & Certificates

The path to become an executive assistant may vary from person to person. More specifically, a degree or certificate program will be coupled with work experience, aptitude, and professional contacts to help you land the perfect job for you.

Programs found at accredited colleges and universities include direct programs along with adjacent programs. More specifically, a direct program is one that focused on a full range of skills and knowledge required of an executive assistant. A direct degree program can be found below as a certificate program or degree program as an executive secretary or executive assistant.

On the other hand, an adjacent degree or certificate program teaches specific tools to students. These supplemental programs include such skills as business administration, bookkeeping, accounting, data entry, logistics, financial support, supply chain management, communications, and organizational behavior.

Both paths can be vital to your success depending on your work experience and job requirements. Degree and certificate programs are available from various accredited colleges and universities in these areas of study to help you reach your professional goals and aspirations.

Executive Assistant Educational Requirements

There is a span of jobs available for secretaries and assistants that range from entry-level to highly experienced. An executive assistant can also include a range of jobs and educational requirements. Some assistants can secure employment with a high school diploma or vocational classes. Other executive assistants will need a formal certificate or degree to work at an upper-level job with an executive management team.

Classroom-based or online associate degree programs for an executive assistant are designed to take around two-years to complete. The classes will vary from school to school but will generally include a set of coursework that includes communications, business, project management, record keeping, accounting, document preparation, scheduling, human relations, and research.

Skills & Abilities Required of Executive Assistants

  1. Reading Comprehension - The ability to keenly understand memos, emails, presentations, and ideas conveyed in writing.
  2. Critical Thinking - Utilizing logic and reasoning to assess situations and provide a recommended course of action.
  3. Active Listening - Providing others full attention, taking notes, and asking clarifying questions to understand points being made.
  4. Speaking - Effectively talking with team members and affiliated parties to communicate information and ideas.
  5. Idea Fluency - Assembling ideas about a topic or concept to help flesh out key business concepts.
  6. Writing - Communicating effectively through emails, memos, and written documentation given the audience and project scope.
  7. Speech Clarity - Clearly articulating an idea to others or asking questions to accurately gather information.
  8. Information Organization - Gathering information and ordering important data into pertinent orders, patterns, or rules.
  9. Coordination - Gathering and organizing resources to ensure milestones and activities are in place as needed.
  10. Problem Sensitivity - Understanding when a problem exists or is likely to become an issue given the complexities of an organization.

Employment & Administrative Specializations

Having earned an executive assistant certificate or degree, you may be interested in pursuing various career paths. Clear paths to an executive secretary job is evidence but alternative vocations may not be quite as obvious. Core skills may be utilized to step into careers such as: purchasing clerk, office assistant, legal secretary, bookkeeping, paralegal, information clerk, auditor, court reporter, receptionist, or human resource assistant. Additional certifications and training may be required given the job scope and requirements.

Executive Assistant Job Outlook

Executive secretary job outlook appears to be steady for the next decade.  The DOL estimates 54,600 job openings for executive assistants and executive secretaries in the same reporting period.  In an industry employing approximately 4 million people, job opportunities will continue to flow.  Overall compensation of executive assistants will depend on the job scope, career responsibilities, and organization.  Secretaries will service executive teams in all corners of the economy from small private organizations to large multi-national corporations.

Executive Assistant Job Responsibilities

By definition, an executive assistant supports an executive manager, CEO, president, management team, vice president, or similar upper-level managers in an organization.  The job duties of an executive secretary will vary by organization and job but will require exceptional communication skills, organizing meeting, taking copious notes, diplomacy, booking travel, critical thinking, writing skills, reading skills, and potential management skills.

Additional Resources for Executive Assistants

For students considering a future in the field of an executive secretary, domestic and regional associations may be beneficial. We have culled a list of highly regarded associations you can visit to learn more about the profession below:

  • National Executive Assistant Association (NEAA)
  • The American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP)
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
  • The Association of Executive & Administrative Professionals (AEAP)

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