While some schools include typing classes as part of their business and office support programs, students can also find stand-alone keyboarding courses through continuing education programs. The ten schools profiled below include four that are associated with the City University of New York (CUNY) and five that are part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network. Some courses are even offered for free.
CUNY Hunter College
Hunter College in New York City offers an office assistant certificate program that includes a class in computer keyboarding and word processing. This part of the program requires a total of four sessions, during which students learn how to use Microsoft Office software while refining their touch typing skills. The 6-course program also includes topics in bookkeeping, marketing, writing and the use of Microsoft Excel.
CUNY Kingsborough Community College
Brooklyn-based Kingsborough Community College offers stand-alone training may be available through the school's continuing education program. While becoming faster and more efficient, students learn how to prepare a variety of business-related documents, including forms, letters and reports. Most of the course are tailored for beginners to intermediate-users.
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
This Long Island City community college offers a continuing education course in power keyboarding that emphasizes the use of touch typing. Learning outcomes include the ability to type 30 words per minute (wpm) and make no more than three errors per document. The course meets for a total of 24 hours.
Students interested in enrolling in a full program could consider the schools' Word Processing Specialist Certificate program. The program requires the completion of 36 credit hours and includes two courses in keyboarding.
CUNY New York City College of Technology
The New York City College of Technology is also located in Brooklyn, and its Division of Continuing Education offers a 15-hour course in keyboarding. Classes meet on the weekends for five weeks, and students who complete the course requirements receive a Certificate of Completion.
As with the programs at Kingsborough and LaGuardia, training emphasizes proficiency in touch typing and the development of accuracy and speed. Additional continuing education courses include instruction in computer basics and the use of Microsoft Office Suite.
Erie Community College (SUNY)
In Buffalo, students at Erie Community College can pursue a 24-credit office assistant certificate program with two courses in keyboarding. Learning outcomes include the ability to type 40 wpm, work with current office software and format documents.
Students can also find a course in keyboarding through the Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration program. Unique to the college is the One Stop Center, where adults can take free, non-credit courses in keyboarding and the use of Microsoft software.
Hudson Valley Community College
At Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, students can receive academic, computer and writing support through the school's learning centers. The college offers several office-related workshops, including an introductory keyboarding course. This course is based on the Gregg College Keyboarding program and emphasizes the use of correct typing techniques. Related workshops include training in file management, formatting and PowerPoint.
Mohawk Valley Community College (SUNY)
Utica-based Mohawk Valley Community College offers both a 30-credit certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree in administrative studies. Both programs include courses in basic and intermediate keyboarding. Students pursuing the degree also take a course in advanced keyboarding.
At the beginner's level, students learn how to key and format business and personal documents. Training topics at the intermediate and advanced levels include desktop publishing and the preparation of government, legal and medical paperwork.
Pace University - New York
The CLOUT (Computers Literacy Opportunity University Technology) program at Pace University in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains is designed to help low-income, underemployed workers acquire academic, computer and office technology skills. The program offers two courses in basic and electronic keyboarding that can help students improve their data entry and touch-typing abilities.
Through the CLOUT program, students can also pursue an 18-credit personal computer applications certificate or a 64-credit Associate in Science in Applied Information Technology. The certificate program includes provides training in keyboarding, computer software and information systems. Other courses required for the certificate cover topics in word processing and the use of database, multimedia and spreadsheet applications. The AAS program includes the same courses as the certificate program as well as general education courses and an internship.
Suffolk County Community College (SUNY)
Suffolk County Community College has an enrollment of almost 27,000, and students may attend classes in Brentwood, Riverhead or Selden. Sequential courses in document preparation and keyboarding can be found in the 33.5-credit information processing certificate and the business office management degree programs. The certificate is available at Brentwood and Selden, and all three campuses offer the associate's program. In addition to daily drills, students in the keyboarding course learn how to produce business correspondence, memos, rough drafts and straight copy. Future professionals in both the certificate and degree programs also receive training in Microsoft Word.
Individuals who are interested in taking a typing course without entering a full degree program may consider the continuing education options at this school, which includes a 3-session course in computer-based keyboarding.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Typing Courses and Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|CUNY Hunter College||4-year, public; large city||Office Assistant Certificate|| $7,182 in-state;
|CUNY Kingsborough Community College||2-year, public; large city||Continuing Education Courses|| $5,252 in-state;
|CUNY LaGuardia Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Power Keyboarding Course
Word Processing Specialist Certificate
| $5,218 in-state;
|CUNY New York City College of Technology||4-year, public; large city||Keyboarding Course|| $7,120 in-state;
|Erie Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration: Office Management||$5,575 in-state, $10,141 out-of-state*|
|Hudson Valley Community College||2-year, public; small city||Introduction to Keyboarding Workshop||$5,812 in-state, $13,087 out-of-state*|
|Mohawk Valley Community College||2-year, public; small city||Administrative Assistant Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science - Administrative Assistant
|$5,266 in-state, $9,636 out-of-state*|
|Pace University - New York||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Personal Computer Applications for the Workplace Professional Certificate,
Associate in Science in Applied Information Technology,
Non-credit Keyboarding Courses
|Suffolk County Community College (SUNY)||2-year, public; large suburb|| Business Information Processing Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Management,
|$5,792 in-state, $11,012 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator