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Typing Classes in NYC with Course Descriptions

Research typing classes in New York City, which has several schools within 20 miles of the downtown offering programs. Read an overview of courses and get info on admissions policies and program requirements for two of these schools to decide which program is right for you.

NYC Schools that Offer Typing Classes

The City University of New York (CUNY) has two community colleges that offer associate degree programs in office work, and each one includes courses in keyboarding or word processing. Find descriptions of the programs below, as well as a table with key college facts and a list of other area schools that provide training for typists.

  • LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City is only eight miles away from downtown New York City and is easily accessible by public transportation. The college offers a certificate program in word processing.
  • The least urban of the three schools, the 37-acre Queensborough Community College is located on the Long Island border, about 17 miles from downtown New York City. The college is accessible by way of several major bus routes and offers a 2-year degree in office administration and technology, along with certificates in word processing, Microsoft Office and school secretarial work.

Comparison of Schools

Students who interested in becoming professional typists can use the following table to compare enrollment, retention rates and graduation percentages at the two featured schools. Note that both schools have open admissions policies and similar tuition.

CUNY LaGuardia Community College CUNY Queensborough Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 20,231* 16,182*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $5,218 for in-state students; $8,098 for out-of-state students* $5,210 for in-state students; $8,090 for out-of-state students*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 79%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A (open admissions)* N/A (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (Fall 2013 to Fall 2014) 66% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students* 69% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (students who enrolled in 2011) 16% (12% transfer out rate)* 18% (19% transfer out rate)*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

The Department of Business and Technology offers more than a dozen related degree programs in business, computer, hospitality and office-related studies. The word processing program is the only certificate program offered by the department.

Word Processing Specialist Certificate

This 36-credit hour certificate program includes courses in English composition, public speaking and writing. The general business core also includes topics in computer fundamentals, communications, desktop publishing and office procedures. Students take two courses each in keyboarding and word processing. Through lecture and lab courses, they become familiar with commonly used software and learn how to format business letters, manuscripts and tables.

CUNY Queensborough Community College

The Business Department provides career-oriented students with an opportunity to pursue certificate and degree programs in, among other areas, accounting, administration, computer information systems, management and secretarial studies. The college's word processing and information processing facility is open weekdays, nights and weekends. Both the degree and the certificate programs described below include cooperative work opportunities. The college also offers job placement assistance.

Associate in Applied Science in Office Administration and Technology

This 2-year program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive background in the liberal arts and sciences, business and technology. The 23 credits of general education requirements include topics in English, economics, science and math. Core coursework for the program includes studies in Microsoft Windows and Word, business and information management and office organization. It also includes beginning, intermediate and advanced typing/keyboarding.

Students may choose from one of two specialization tracks. The administrative secretary track provides training in shorthand and advanced word processing. Students may take electives in desktop publishing, microcomputer software or medical office procedures. The concentration in word and information processing includes courses in desktop publishing, microcomputer applications and advanced word processing, and students may choose from electives in legal office procedures, school recordkeeping and spreadsheet applications.

Microsoft Office Applications Proficiency Preparation Certificate

This 30-credit program is designed to prepare career-oriented students for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams. The curriculum requires just one general education course in English composition or writing for electronic media. The core requirements provide students with comprehensive training in a variety of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. Depending on how well they type, they can also take one course in beginning or intermediate keyboarding. Final program requirements include a 3-credit business elective.

School Secretary Certificate

The department also offers a 30-credit secretarial program that includes courses in liberal studies and professional practices. It is designed to help students and working professionals acquire the training they need to take the school secretary civil service exam and obtain a permanent license from the Board of Education. All of the credits required for the certificate can be transferred to the A.A.S. in Office Administration and Technology.

Other School Options

In addition to the community colleges listed above, CUNY Bronx Community College and CUNY Kingsborough Community College offer Associate of Applied Science degrees in office administration and technology. In Manhattan, there are also two private, not-for-profit schools that offer courses in keyboarding or programs in office technology. These are the Global Business Institute and the Professional Business College of New York. Both are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

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