Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Virtual Specialist: A Global Career

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If you’re a motivated go-getter with strong administrative, business, and/or technical skills, then becoming a professional virtual specialist might be the career step you’ve been looking for. The virtual specialist can work from any location with anyone in the world.

What is a VA (Virtual Specialist)?

A virtual specialist is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative, and technical services to clients virtually (online). As your own boss, you control the kind of work you do to best match your own skills and interests. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her office on a contractual basis. (International Virtual Specialist Association.)

Virtual Specialists contract for a wide variety of professional services that may include desktop publishing, web research, web design and management, technical writing and editing, systems management, marketing, advertising, call center support, programming, graphic design, database management, academic writing, public relations, shopping cart management and event planning.

Certificate

In this program you can earn the following:

Portland Community College is the first college in the Pacific Northwest to offer a Virtual Specialist Certificate.

The Virtual Specialist certificate is part of the Computer Applications & Office Systems (CAS/OS) program. See the Catalog and for information regarding certificate requirements. All CAS/OS courses applied to the certificate or degrees must be passed with a "C" grade or better.

What's Next?

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  1. Complete the steps for new students
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Contact a Web Development & Design program advisor at the campus closest to you:

Student Services available at a distance

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