New program focuses on modern business skills

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January 19, 2017
Students in Lakeland College’s newest business program will learn to take the lead in a modern business environment
Administrative Professional, a one-year blended certificate program, begins this fall at the Lloydminster campus. Featuring courses such as business communications, office procedures, workplace writing and computer applications, students develop skills that will make them valuable members of any business.  generic photo

“With this certificate, students can advance in any business organization and take charge of their future with a solid foundation in business basics,” says Michael Crowe, Lakeland’s vice president, academic. 

The program includes a combination of face-to-face and online courses. Social media marketing and human relations will be delivered online. Students will finish the program by completing a three-week work practicum in a professional office.

“The practicum experience allows students to take all of the theoretical knowledge and skills they’ve learned through their course work and put it into action in a real business. It’s a very valuable hands-on opportunity for students,” says Brad Onofrychuk, dean of the School of Business and Continuing Education. “Based on input we’ve received from the business community and our alumni, we believe a large number of people in the region could benefit from this opportunity to develop modern, professional administrative skills.”

Graduates of the administrative professional program can explore career opportunities as an administrative assistant, receptionist, office assistant and similar positions in any industry.

Applications are now being accepted. To learn more about the administrative professional program, prospective students are encouraged to attend the Business Information Session on March 2. This information session includes breakout sessions, group advising, parent and student sessions, campus tours and more. Visit to register.

In addition to the administrative professional program, Lakeland’s business department offers an accounting technician certificate program and a business administration diploma, which features five majors: accounting, general business, marketing, real estate appraisal and assessment, and small business and entrepreneurship. Learn more at