Program Description

A Virtual Office Professional is an independent contractor who uses advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a Virtual Office Professional assists clients virtually from their own office on a contractual basis. Successful completion of the Virtual Office Certificate Program prepares students for starting/working for a virtual office business. The certificate addresses issues of creating and managing their own virtual office.

The Social Media certificate focuses on social networks, social media tools and strategies. Whether for business, for non-profit, or for fun, courses within the certificate introduce how to effectively use social media and how to develop best practices.

Degrees/Certificates

Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Virtual Office Professional:

  • Virtual Office Professional (CE)
  • Social Media (CE)

See Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions

Career Opportunities

  • Virtual Business Owner
  • Virtual Office &   Administrative Support  Assistant
  • Web Designer
  • Executive Assistant
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Social Media Manager

Virtual Office Professional Faculty

Name Position Office Email/Phone
Toni Pirtle Faculty Lead
Professor of Administrative Office Management and Virtual Office Coordinator
VOC-24 toni.pirtle@mccd.edu
(209) 384-6169
 Adjuncts      
Cynthia Blackmore     cynthia.blackmore@mccd.edu
(209) 384-6120
Sonja Downing     sonja.downing@mccd.edu
(209) 384-6120