Degree Plans - Business Office Systems and Support - Virtual Assistant Skills Achievement Award
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(Skills Achievement Award)
Officially known as: Office Technology -- Virtual Assistant
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Degree Plan Code: SA.BOSS.VIRTUAL
The BOSS Virtual Assistant (VA) Skills Achievement Award will prepare students to become a virtual business owner utilizing business and technical support specialists. The award will address topics of managing a virtual business. A VBA is an entrepreneur/business providing administrative, creative, managerial, technical, business office, and/or personal support services in a virtual affiliation as well as building relationships/partnerships in the global industry. The VBAs use the most advanced means of communication, and the newest, most efficient and time-saving office products and work delivery methods, regardless of geographic boundaries. They typically work from their own homes, often on an on-going, contractual basis. Hence, the virtual assistant award will prepare students to become virtual business owners because of the independent nature of the services provided and the need:
Students can obtain the VA skills achievement award as an "entry-career ladder" and can be encouraged to pursue other certificates and awards in the BOSS program or other programs in related fields. Courses in this award will assist students in preparing and obtaining certification in a Master Virtual Assistant (MVA) or Professional Virtual Assistant (PVA) from a credentialed virtual assistance association.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.