August 7, 2017

Variety of Office Systems classes available in Fall

Kishwaukee College has a wide variety of courses and programs to give students invaluable skills in office software use.  Pam Pascolini, Office Systems (OS) instructor at Kishwaukee College, said, “Office software programs, like Microsoft Word or Excel, are great tools but most people really never get past the homepage in any of these programs and have not even begun to tap the potential in the software.”

According to Pascolini, most people underestimate the importance of basic office skills in the contemporary work environment. “Once you know the ins and outs of the office software, work can become much more efficient and fun,” she said. “But learning to use the software tools is a great idea for everyone, not just administrative assistants. These skills are the backbone of society today.”

Kish offers everything from introductory level to more advanced OS courses and also has specialized courses for students interested in pursuing, for example, Medical Coding and Billing, a growing area of employment. She noted that high school and college students also benefit. “Many traditional age students are very tech savvy with their phones,” she explained. “But sometimes are unsure how to attach a document to an email or are unaware that Microsoft Word has the settings already programmed in for MLA formatting for research papers. Their assignments could go a lot smoother with a little knowledge.”

Pascolini is an alum of the Kishwaukee Office Systems program and knows first-hand how important the basic office skills are in the workplace. Knowing that an Office Systems degree or certificate can provide a perfect point for anyone re-entering the workforce, Pascolini has made sure that courses are available during “family friendly” time periods. “Many courses this fall begin after a parent would drop off kids at school and are completed in time for after-school pick-up,” she said. “There are evening sections, too.”

In addition, Pascolini offers a down-to-earth Employment Strategies class to assist students with finding a job that is a good fit. The class goes over creating resumes, cover letters, and how to do a job search in a practical manner, but also teaches students how to create a brand and sell it. “Most job seekers don’t think about themselves as a “brand,” but when you job hunt, you’re creating your own unique brand and then advertising it to potential employers. The days where you make a single resume and blanket employers with it are long gone. With new technology, every resume can be tweaked for a specific employer, and should be,” she explained.

For more information on Office Systems opportunities for Fall 2017, contact Pam Pascolini at 815-825-9413 or or visit

Contact Student Services at 815-825-9375 for more information on enrollment and registration at Kishwaukee College. Registration for Fall 2017 is currently in progress.