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Terra State’s Office Administration program information sessions

Taffy McKnight of Fremont gets instruction from Jolene Meyers during a recent Office Procedures class.

To educate prospective students about the challenging but rewarding and ever-changing administrative assistant profession, Terra State Community College is offering four informational sessions in March.

“The term secretary has become outdated because the role of those who provide support in business and medical offices has expanded greatly in the past decade or so,” said Jolene Meyers, Associate Professor in the Office Administration Program. “Today’s administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently.”

Besides serving as information and communication managers for an office, they also plan events, schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain paper and electronic files, manage projects, conduct research, disseminate information using the telephone, mail services, websites and email, and handle travel and guest arrangements.

Terra State’s program prepares students for gainful employment as administrative assistants by earning an Associate of Applied Business with majors in executive and/or medical office administration. The curriculum is designed to offer courses that enhance students’ technical skills, communication skills, and leadership/management skills with an emphasis on professional work ethic.

The job outlook for professionally-trained administrative assistants is encouraging, according to Meyers. “While developments in office technology are certain to continue, there will be an increased demand for administrative assistants who are adaptable and versatile,” she said. “Furthermore, many administrative duties are of a personal, interactive nature and are not easily automated. Because technology cannot substitute for these personal skills, well-trained administrative assistants will continue to play a key role in organizations.”

The information sessions , March 18 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and March 19 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., will provide an overview of the program and answer questions of prospective students.  No registration is required.  All sessions will be in Building A, Room 204 (see maps at www.terra.edu). For more details, contact Jolene Meyers at 419-559-2356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Terra State to host Adult and Veteran Visit Days

Getting up the courage to step foot on a college campus is often difficult enough for adults, but sitting next to a high school student at a recruitment function can be even more intimidating, that’s why Terra State Community College is offering special Adult and Veteran Visit Days on March 3 at 5 p.m. and April 24 at 4 p.m., with additional dates later this spring and summer.

“We wanted to reach out to our adult and veteran population to offer them a special event aimed at their individual needs,” said Kathy Berger, Admissions Recruiter at Terra State. “They will learn about college resources and the admissions process, and how to pay for college.”

Veterans will receive information about the GI Bill as well and everyone will hear details about campus resources, including tutoring and career services.

“We will have some of our adult students available to talk about their experiences and there will also be campus tours,” Berger said. “And we welcome friends and family to join in.”

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to reserve a spot, visit www.terra.edu or call 419-559-2349.

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Spring Job Fair is March 4 at Terra State

Fall 2013 Job Fair at Terra State

The annual Spring Job Fair at Terra State Community College in Fremont is Tuesday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

“Our fall and spring job fairs are two of the highlights of our year,” said Joan Gamble, Coordinator of Career Services. “This is where we hope it all comes together for our students.”

The event is free and is also open to the public. Job seekers are asked to dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. 

Here is a list of businesses that are scheduled to attend:               

Advanced Color Technologies, APS Medical Billing, Autogate, Berry Plastics, Callies Performance Products, Cardinal Staffing, Catawba Moorings Inc., Cedar Point, Century Die Company, Cooper Tire, David Price Metal Service, Elmwood Healthcare Center, Evergreen Plastics, Family Video Movie Club, Fastenal, First Choice of Ohio, Flat Rock Homes, G4S Secure Solutions Inc., Global Technical Recruiters, Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties, Green Bay Packaging Inc., Howard Hanna Real Estate, Islander Inn, Kaufman Engineered Systems, Lakeside Association, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Luther Home of Mercy, Materion, MCPc Imaging and Printing, Med1Care, Medcentral Health System, Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers Inc., Mohawk Golf and Country Club, National Machinery, New York Life, Nucor Building Systems, Ohio Means Jobs-Sandusky County, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Oriana House Inc., Peregrine Health Services, Principle Business Enterprises Inc., Rachel Wixey and Associates, REM Ohio, Renhill Group, Riverview Industries, Rowa Inc., Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center, Stanley Electric US Inc., Style Crest, Time Staffing, Trilogy Health Services, U.S. Army, Volunteers of America Care Facilities and Wells Brooke Premium Home Health Care.

For more information call Joan Gamble, Coordinator of Career Services, at 419-559-2252.

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