This is National Secretaries Week, and all over the country secretaries are being saluted and appreciated. For the National School for Secretaries here it is an even bigger week as the school enters its 60th year of operation.
The school graduates between 800 and 1,000 secretaries each year in programs that range from three months to a year in length. Not everyone can meet the school's tough requirements; some 60 percent of the applicants are rejected.
"I think we've made a great deal of difference in establishing the professionalism of the secretary," said the school's director, Miryam Drucker. "Our definition of a secretary is a professional business woman, and I think that people who know us recognize that."
The school traditionally has observed National Secretaries Week with a series of seminars of interest to working women and this year they will offer one seminar a day. The free seminars will be at the school, 2020 K St., lower level, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Monday: Larry Stockett, president of Micronet Inc., talks about the paperless office.
Tuesday: Sandra Porter of the National Commission on Working Women will speak on sexual harassment and how to deal with it in the work place.
Wednesday: Anniversay party featuring some prominent alumni.
Thursday: Judy Goldsmith, executive vice president of the National Organization for Women, discusses the reinstatement of the draft.
Friday: A panel discussion on the "superwomen," featuring panel members who have long distance marriages, children at home and other career complications.
For more information, call 457-1800.
The secretarial Evaluation Clinic will sponsor its second annual Secretaries' Fair, a day-long program of workshops and seminars, on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Hotel Washington, 15th and Pennsylvania NW. Topics include: punctuation, career planning, stress and its effect on job performance, techniques and writing and editing. For more information, call 347-8339.