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Typing Courses and Classes in New York with School Options

New York has more than ten schools that offer typing classes and programs. Learn about the schools, tuition info and program options for ten of the largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Typing Classes and Programs in New York

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. Below is a comparison table, along with a summary of program offerings and costs for these New York schools.

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. Each of the six courses, including the keyboarding course, can also be taken on an individual basis, and fees range from $250 to $300.

CUNY Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn-based Kingsborough Community College offers three courses in computer keyboarding within an office administration degree program, and stand-alone training may be available through the school's continuing education program. The 2-credit courses are part of the Associate of Science in Office Administration and Technology curriculum and provide training in communications and formatting. While becoming faster and more efficient, students learn how to prepare a variety of business-related documents, including forms, letters and reports. Although the continuing education schedule can vary from year to year, students may also be find individual classes in business computing, keyboarding and the use of Microsoft Word.

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.

Stony Brook University (SUNY)

At the state university in Stony Brook, beginning typists can take a 6-session course in keyboarding that helps them acquire professional-level skills. This exercise-based program includes the production of letters, manuscripts, reports and resumes. Students also learn how to format charts, columns, email and tables. Additional course topics include etiquette for the electronic environment and punctuation.

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 Table

School Name School Type & SettingTyping Courses and Programs OfferedTuition
CUNY Hunter College4-year, public; large cityComputer Keyboarding Course,
Office Assistant Certificate
$250 flat fee for computer keyboarding course**;
$1,500 flat fee for certificate program (2013)**
CUNY Kingsborough Community College2-year, public; large city Continuing Education Courses,
Associate of Science in Office Administration and Technology
$150-$275 flat fee for continuing education courses (2013)**;
$4,250 in-state, $6,590 out-of-state (per year for associate's degree, 2012-2013)*
CUNY LaGuardia Community College 2-year, public; large city Power Keyboarding Course, Word Processing Specialist Certificate $245 flat fee for course (2013)**;
$4,242 in-state, $6,582 out-of-state (per year for certificate, 2012-2013)*
CUNY New York City College of Technology 4-year, public; large city Keyboarding Course $210 flat fee (2013)**
Erie Community College2-year, public; large cityOffice Assistant Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration: Office Management,
Non-credit Keyboarding Courses
$4,444 in-state, $8,344 out-of-state (per year for programs, 2012-2013)*;
No charge for One Stop Center courses (2013)**
Hudson Valley Community College2-year, public; small cityIntroduction to Keyboarding WorkshopN/A**
Mohawk Valley Community College2-year, public; small cityAdministrative Assistant Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science - Administrative Assistant
$4,130 in-state, $7,710 out-of-state (per year, 2012-2013)*
Pace University - New York4-year, private not-for-profit; large cityPersonal Computer Applications for the Workplace Professional Certificate,
Associate in Science in Applied Information Technology,
Non-credit Keyboarding Courses
N/A (2013)**
Stony Brook University (SUNY)4-year, public; large suburbKeyboarding Course$799 flat fee (2013)**
Suffolk County Community College (SUNY)2-year, public; large suburb Business Information Processing Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Management,
Keyboarding Course
$4,830 in-state, $8,820 out-of-state (per year for programs, 2012-2013);*
$85 flat fee for keyboarding course (2013)**

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Schools' websites.

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