Portland Schools with Keyboarding Classes
Several colleges in the Portland area offer keyboarding courses at many skill levels. This article explores three community colleges that are no more than an hour's drive from the city center and the programs they offer. It also includes important information about each school, such as size, costs and the graduation rate. These facts are arranged in a table that allows prospective students to easily compare data from each institution. At this end of the article is a brief paragraph about one more area school with keyboarding classes.
- Portland Community College, about eight miles from downtown, offers a beginning course, along with skill building and production courses.
- Chemeketa Community College has a number of courses concentrating on skill building. This school is about 45 miles from downtown Portland.
- Mt. Hood Community College, 16 miles from downtown, has the most options. It also features a specialized computer program to help diagnose typing weaknesses.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information about each school that can be useful to individuals who are trying to decide what is their best option.
|Portland Community College||Chemeketa Community College||Mt. Hood Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||28,005*||10,279*||8,680*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)|| $4,088 in-state;
|$5,126 in-state; $10,031 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||70%*||79%*||77%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||67% for full-time students, 47% for part-time students*||56% for full-time students, 44% for part-time students*||60% for full-time students, 83% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (of Students Who Began in 2014)||15% (20% transfer-out rate)*||15% (20% transfer-out rate)*||26% (15% transfer-out rate)*|
Portland Community College
Portland Community College has been offering education programs since 1961. Keyboarding courses are offered through the computer applications and web technologies programs, which prepare students for website development and administrative support positions. Certificates and degrees are available, but keyboarding classes can also be taken individually.
Students are introduced to typing by touch using both the alphabetic and numeric portions of the keyboard. They work to improve accuracy and speed by honing basic techniques and producing simple academic and business documents. Correct posture and fingering, as well as how to type with eyes on the copy, are also featured.
Keyboarding for Speed/Accuracy
Typing by touch only, students increase their speed and accuracy by practicing control and gaining endurance and confidence. They also develop efficiency and accuracy in proofreading.
Professional Document Formatting
Students improve their keyboarding accuracy and speed as well as develop skills in typing and proofreading tables, reports, memos and letters.
Chemeketa Community College
Chemeketa Community College has been in operation for over 40 years and enrolls approximately 28,000 students yearly. The name 'Chemeketa' means 'place of peace' and was given to the college in honor of the local Kalapuya tribe. The school offers keyboarding through its computer applications courses.
Students learn to touch type using a computer keyboard, practicing to improve accuracy and speed. They also learn the basics for inputting and retrieving information.
Students learn to touch type using alphabetic keys on a computer keyboard.
Students review touch typing using the alphabetic keys and work to hone accuracy and speed. Symbol and number keys are introduced.
Students complete touch typing drills to increase accuracy, speed and proofreading skills. Improvements are monitored through 3-minute timed tests.
Keyboard Skill Building
In this course, students further develop accuracy, speed and proficiency while touch typing. They also learn to format documents. Three additional skill building courses (A, B and C) allow students to further improve their keyboarding, but do not include document formatting.
Mt. Hood Community College
Mt. Hood Community College offers more than 120 technical and professional programs on its three campuses, with keyboarding classes offered through the administrative office professional program.
This course is for beginners. Students learn to touch type and format documents, such as tables, reports, memos and letters, using common professional styles.
To enroll in this advanced course, students must be able to type 35 words per minute (wpm) based on a 5-minute test. Students train to work as entry-level keyboardists, improving their skills by typing straight copy as well as modifying and blocking reports, tables and letters. Students also learn to proofread.
Keyboarding Skill Development
Students use a software program to identify their strengths and weaknesses, then use practice and drills to increase speed and accuracy. The ability to type at least 20 wpm is required to take the class.
Keyboarding Skill Refinement
Students use a software program to diagnose their keyboarding weaknesses and work to improve through individual practice.
Other School Options
Clackamas Community College, located 17.8 mi (28 min) from Portland, also offers keyboarding courses.