A few Michigan schools offer individual keyboarding courses through their continuing education departments. Several others include this training in their business, administrative assistant and computer technology programs. Students will be tested in their keyboard proficiency skills before completing a class or program. Before taking accelerated classes, programs often have a basic keyboarding class to assist those without prior experience or those who need to enhance their skills. Available typing and keyboarding classes are outlined below, while a table gives a quick view of these ten schools' tuition information.
Located in University Center, Delta College's Office Administration and Technology department offers several certificates and an associate's degree program that include courses students can use to hone their keyboarding skills. These programs include a certificate of achievement in office skills, advanced certificates in office assistant and office specialist, and an associate degree in administrative assistant. The document processing classes in the curricula of these programs are aimed at teaching correct keyboard operating techniques and include exercises to build skills and increase speed.
Eastern Michigan University
Students at Ypsilanti's Eastern Michigan University can choose to enroll in either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science program in Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology. Both these programs include a required course in word processing and keyboarding applications. This 2-credit course is designed to increase students' skills on the keyboard, and instruct them how to apply those skills to produce reports and other business documents.
Grand Rapids Community College
This Grand Rapids school offers two degree programs at the associate level that include keyboarding instruction. The Associate in Business in Office Administration and the Associate in Business in Business Administration programs include classes in computer keyboarding and business word processing. In addition to keyboarding courses, the college has a business lab featuring two computer applications - Cortez Peters' Championship Keyboarding and Keyboarding Pro Deluxe 2. Students may use these programs to practice independently and hone their keyboarding skills.
This Jackson college offers an administrative assistant associate degree program which includes beginning and intermediate keyboarding courses as part of the core curriculum. Topics of study include finger placement, typing techniques and document formatting.
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Located in Kalamazoo, this community college's keyboarding courses are available through a variety of certificate and associate degree programs. Beginning keyboarding classes are offered in the schools' associate degree programs in administrative assistant and IT support technician. More advanced keyboarding skills are taught in the administrative support certificate program, the office support specialist certificate of achievement and the word processing specialist certificate of achievement.
Kellogg Community College
Battle Creek's Kellogg Community College administers several programs that offer intermediate and advanced keyboarding instruction to students. These programs include certificates in the fields of administrative assistant and word and information processing, and associate degrees in administrative assistant and word and information processing. Students can also take basic keyboarding courses (levels1-4) thought the school's office information technology department.
Lake Michigan College
Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor offers keyboarding courses through its associate degree program in business administration. This programs offer keyboarding instruction at the intermediate and advanced levels. This school also offers a 2-credit beginning keyboarding class for students who have no prior experience using a keyboard.
Monroe County Community College
Students attending this Monroe community college can take keyboarding courses in the school's Associate of Applied Science in Office Technology - Office Administrative Assistant degree program. The curriculum for this program includes classes in keyboarding, beginning keyboarding, intermediate keyboarding and keyboarding skills enhancement.
Mott Community College
Mott Community College is situated in Flint and features a computer lab with the keyboarding application College Keyboarding Pro. Students may use this software to practice their skills when not in class. The Business Division offers keyboarding classes at the beginning and intermediate levels in the Office Information Systems department, and an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration degree program.
Wayne County Community College District
Detroit's Wayne County Community College offers keyboarding instruction in certificate and associate degree programs in office administration. Through this school's department of Office Information Systems (formerly called Business Information Technology) students can take classes in keyboarding, keyboarding fundamentals and intermediate keyboarding.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Keyboarding Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Delta College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certificate of Achievement in Office Skills Core,
Advanced Certificate in Office Assistant,
Advanced Certificate in Office Specialist,
Associate in Business Studies in Administrative Assistant
|Eastern Michigan University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology||$12,508|
|Grand Rapids Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Associate in Business in Office Administration,
Associate in Business in Business Administration
|Jackson College||4-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Assistant||$6,298 in-district;
|Kalamazoo Valley Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb|| Certificate of Achievement in Office Support Specialist,
Certificate of Achievement in Word Processing Specialist,
Certificate in Administrative Support,
AAS in Administrative Assistant,
AAS in IT Support Technician
| $3,446 in-district;
|Kellogg Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Certificate in Administrative Assistant,
Certificate in Word/Information Processing,
AAS in Administrative Assistant,
AAS in Word/Information Processing
| $3,928 in-district;
|Lake Michigan College||4-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Business Administration||$4,500 in-district;
|Monroe County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Office Technology - Office Administrative Assistant||$3,965 in-district;
|Mott Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration||$4,080 in-district;
|Wayne County Community College District||2-year, public; large city||Certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Office Information Systems: Office Specialist||$2,886 in-district;
Sources: *NCES College Navigator