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Day honors valuable Administrative Assistants

By Adrienne Gavula

April 21 is Administrative Assistants Day. This is not only a day to recognize the valuable role their hard work plays, but to also recognize the initiative administrative assistants put forth to develop professional skills.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) offers a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) course, and Ohio ranks among the top 10 CPS holders, thanks to more than 40 from Ohio University.

"The designation carries a lot of weight in the business world," says Tammy Gardner, assistant director for Professional Development. "Most of our employees take it for the satisfaction of having that designation and for the challenge."

The University offers a CPS review course that is offered twice a year and lasts 13 weeks, beginning January and July. The cost for the review course is free to Ohio University employees and members of the IAAP. The course is based on CPS examination review courses and covers topics ranging from economics to office management.

Susan Keys, administrative coordinator for University Communications and Marketing, is one such CPS holder.

"Staying up-to-date is a challenge for administrative professionals," says Keys, who mastered the course's three parts: Finance and Business Law, Office Systems and Administration and Management. "The information I learned while studying for the CPS has been valuable to me in dealing with new trends and being able to contribute to the office in a larger way."

Take the opportunity during Administrative Assistants Day to thank Ohio University's assistants and recognize the importance their hard work and dedication means to the University.

For more information, please contact Tammy Gardner at 597-2142 or gardnert1@ohio.edu.

Adrienne Gavula is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.

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