Typing Classes in San Francisco, CA with Program Descriptions

Sep 09, 2018

Research typing classes in San Francisco, CA, which currently has several colleges within approximately 40 miles of the downtown offering programs. Read an overview of the courses, admission info and program requirements for three San Francisco schools and decide which one is right for you.

San Francisco, CA, Schools with Typing Classes

Use the resource below to find information about the standalone typing classes and office technology programs at three San Francisco colleges. In addition to the course and program descriptions, students will find a table with at-a-glance facts about the three featured schools.

  • City College of San Francisco, which is located 6.5 miles from the downtown, offers certificate and degree programs in office technology that include courses in keyboarding.
  • Skyline College in nearby San Bruno, about 15 miles from downtown San Francisco, offers courses in keyboarding and a certificate program for office assistants.
  • At over 42 miles, Las Positas College in Livermore is the furthest away from downtown San Francisco. Students who are willing to travel can pursue an individual course in keyboarding.

Comparison of Schools

Typists can use this table to learn about the program costs at the three featured colleges. Certificate and degree-seeking students can also find details about retention and graduation rates.

City College of San Francisco Skyline College Las Positas College
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,299 9,235 8,989
Campus Setting* Large city Large suburb Small suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,598 in-state;
$9,010 out-of-state;*
Non-credit classes are free**
$1,447 in-state;
$8,136 out-of-state*
$1,138 in-state;
$7,018 out-of-state*
% of First-year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 59% 46% 41%
Acceptance Rate* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 72% for full-time students;
44% for part-time students
N/A 82% for full-time students;
57% for part-time students
Graduation Rate * 32%,
11% transfer-out (2014 start date)
11% transfer-out (2011 start date)
15% transfer-out (2014 start date)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco offers for-credit certificates and associate's degrees, as well as non-credit certificate programs, in business technology. Both types of programs may include keyboarding courses. In addition, the college offers two non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL) keyboarding courses. The courses require 85 hours and 180 hours respectively.

Office Technology Certificate of Achievement

This certificate program is for individuals who need office skills but don't want to earn a degree. Students must take a keyboarding course as part of the curriculum. Upon graduation, students should be able to type at least 45 words per minute (wpm).

Microcomputer Accounting Certificate of Achievement

In this program, students learn how to use microcomputers to perform general ledger, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable operations. Courses cover accounting, accounting on a microcomputer, business computer applications and spreadsheets. Students must also take an introductory course in keyboarding, which concentrates on keyboard control, speed and accuracy.

Associate in Science in Administrative Support

This associate's degree program trains students for positions in administrative support. Students learn in hands-on computer labs, studying database management, spreadsheets and word processing. They must also complete an introductory, computer or speed building course in keyboarding. Course choice depends upon the level of keyboarding skills when entering the program.

Non-credit Business Certificates

City College of San Francisco offers numerous non-credit certificate programs, which provide students with personalized, hands-on instruction. Participants in the certificate program can take classes in the evening, afternoon or morning. Non-credit programs that have keyboarding classes include those for accounting and administrative assistants. The advanced word processing program also includes courses in keyboarding.

Skyline College

Skyline College offers two courses in computer keyboarding: beginning and skill building. These short courses are offered throughout the semester by arrangement or as a scheduled class with open enrollment. The two courses can also be found in the college's certificate or degree programs; only the office assistant certificate program requires students to take the skill-building course.

Beginning Computer Keyboarding Course

This beginning course is offered online; students must arrange to take the course. Once enrolled, they learn the correct techniques and basic keyboarding skills.

Computer Keyboarding Skill Building Course

In this course, students are trained to type accurately and quickly without glancing at the keyboard. This is an open entry course offered online through distance education.

Business: Office Assistant Certificate

In this program, students train for positions as administrative support assistants while developing their communications, computer and office procedures skills. Requirements include the skill-building course; topics involving the use of the Internet are also covered.

Las Positas College

The Associate of Arts in Administrative Assistant and the Business Workforce certificate programs at Las Positas College do not require a keyboarding course. However, these programs do have a keyboarding competency requirement of 40 wpm. Students who aren't up to this speed may take the following online keyboarding course.

Keyboarding and Typing Course

This course will help students to practice their basic keyboarding skills. Successful completion of this course will result in a speed and accuracy certificate.

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