Increase Typing Speed in Six Weeks This Summer at Hancock

Six- and eight-week classes offered.

JUNE 10, 2014 -- You can better prepare yourself for entering or re-entering the workplace by learning how to use computers faster and more efficiently.  This summer Allan Hancock College is offering CBOT 100, which teaches basic keyboarding and keypad skills.  The Computer Business Office Technology (CBOT) course helps bridge the technology gap by teaching you how to type on keyboards quickly, accurately and with correct technique.

“The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to type or improve their typing,” said business instructor Jody Derry.  “Typically, our students will increase their typing speed by 15 to 25 words per minute in a six-week course with the help of our instructors.”

CBOT 100 will be offered this summer at the Santa Maria campus and at the Lompoc Valley Center.  An eight-week version of the class will take place on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Santa Maria.  A six-week course has been scheduled for Mondays and Wednesday from 8-9:15 a.m. at the Lompoc Valley Center.

“The course allows students to increase overall productivity with everything they do on a computer,” Derry added.

After the class, students can take a free typing test at the Career and Job Placement Center to receive a typing certificate with their speed and accuracy listed.  The certificate can be used when applying for jobs.

There is no textbook for the one-unit course.  The required software used in class is free upon registration.

The class is part of the computer business office technology (CBOT) program that offers three degree options and five certificates.  The program is intended for people with an interest in a career as an administrative assistant, legal secretary, office manager and human resources assistant.

According to the California Employment Development Department, the median annual salary for a secretary in Santa Barbara County was $36,085 in 2013.  The agency predicts a 15.8 percent increase in available jobs statewide through 2020.  The county’s median annual salary for an office/administrative supervisor was $51,308 in 2013.

For more information on the CBOT program call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3779. 

To register for classes online, visit and click the Apply & Register link on the home page.  All California residents pay an enrollment fee of $46 per credit.  In addition, all students pay a $16 health fee for the summer term.  Other minimal fees may apply.

For more information, call the Admissions & Records office at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3248; toll free in Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo counties: 1-866-DIAL AHC (342-5242) ext. 3248.

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