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.


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
Juan Garcia Martinez Professor Administrative Office Management VOC-24 juan.garcia955
(209 384-6169
Toni Pirtle Professor Administrative Office Management VOC-20
(209) 384-6153
Sonja Downing