Program Overview

Students looking to learn more about Microsoft Office may enroll in the Basic Certificate in Microsoft Office program at Madison Area Technical College.   The program provides education about various Microsoft Office programs that will help students with job employment, promotions, and skill building. The certificate program provides the skills needed for work within the present-day office environment. 

Certificate program courses will be offered on the Fort Atkins, Portage, Reedsburg, Truax, and Watertown campuses. In addition to the traditional class format, classes will also be offered completely online. Some courses offered during the program include: Windows 7, Word-Beginning, Excel-Beginning, Access-Beginning and PowerPoint.  All students must earn a grade of “C” or higher and complete the program with a minimum GPA of 2.0.  A bilingual format will also be offered for some courses within the certificate program. 

Students who have previous work experience, is a Certified Administrative Professional, Certified Professional Secretary, or have already taken the certificate program courses at Madison College or another institution, may earn their degree faster through “advanced standing.” Students may earn the program’s advanced standing designation if they challenge course exams, however, only 50% of the courses may be earned as an advanced standing student.

Program students may find potential jobs such as Administrative Assistant, Word Processing Specialist, Secretarial Assistant, Administrative Services Coordinator, Clerical Assistant, Document Specialist, Customer Service Representative, PC Specialist and Executive Assistant. Those who earn the certificate make, on average, $10.00-$12.00 per hour, based on skills and previous work experience.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Madison Area Technical College is a four-year public college located in Madison, Wisconsin. The school has grown tremendously from its foundation in 1912 and is now one of the largest 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System. MATC has developed formal agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities, which enable students to transfer the credits earned in an associate degree program to a specific institution.

    Students can choose from associate’s degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. Accelerated programs are available if students are interested in reducing time of completion.


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