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STLCC Hosts Session Focused on Office Information Technology Careers

September 15, 2011

Donna Webster  
Donna Webster will complete her office information
coordinator associate degree in December.

Donna Webster is a firm believer that it’s never too late to learn something new.

An office professional for the past 32 years, Webster’s full-time job was outsourced and she found herself unemployed with a family to support.

“Losing that job really put a strain on my family,” she said. “But I needed to do something quickly to improve my marketability.”

Webster took advantage of a program for displaced workers that pays for a two-year educational program. After meeting with a career counselor, she chose to pursue the office information coordinator associate degree at St. Louis Community College.

Returning to school as a full-time student at age 50 is challenging enough, but Webster also needed to work part time to ease the financial strain on her family. She is working in the Counseling and Career Center at Florissant Valley while striving to complete her degree requirements in December.

“I have received tremendous support from my husband and children,” she said. “They have made a lot of sacrifices to help me achieve my goal.”

Webster believes her classroom experiences will prepare her for any office situation she will encounter.

“After having worked in a variety of office environments for the past 32 years, the courses I have taken really have sharpened my skills,” Webster said. “It’s a real advantage to have experienced professionals teaching the courses.”

The associate degree in information systems: office information coordinator prepares students to use office technology, including current computer hardware, operating and application software, and equipment such as personal digital assistants, voice recognition technology and scanners. Students also learn to supervise and train others in their use. Courses are offered at Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec.

STLCC also offers an 18-credit-hour certificate in microcomputer applications. Students learn a variety of end-user applications for personal computers. Applications include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. It prepares graduates to perform most computer-related tasks in today’s offices. Courses are offered at Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec.

St. Louis Community College is hosting an information session related to these programs 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Center at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road. Prospective students will:

  • Learn about academic requirements and career options for these programs.
  • Hear from current students about their experiences in the programs.
  • Participate in interactive sessions.
  • Find out how to get started at STLCC.

Registration is requested; call 314-539-5002 or visit www.stlcc.edu/CareerInfoSessions. For more information, call 314-539-5002 or e-mail AskUs@stlcc.edu. Individuals with disabilities who have accommodation needs should call 314-539-5002.