Word Processing (SC)

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Enhance Your Command of Business Software and Increase Your Productivity!

Write and distribute a weekly bulletin on important meetings and events to keep your team in the loop. Prepare professional email templates for your organization for a consistent branded look. Design a PowerPoint presentation to share new office procedures with your team. Improve your skillset and showcase your proficiency in word processing to future employers with LASC’s Word Processing Skill Certificate.

Word processing is essential in today’s technology driven workplace. You’ll learn how to create a variety of business documents, including emails, memos, letters, reports, tables, and how to update a web page as an end user. 

Careers Using Word Processing

Word processing is used on a daily basis in most industries to run their businesses and communicate efficiently. A Word Processing Skill Certificate will prepare you for the workforce and allow you to enter the industry you’re most interested in.

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have by receiving a Word Processing Skill Certificate.

Career information below taken from bls.gov  November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Perform clerical duties, manage and distribute information, send and receive correspondence and keep the office running smoothly. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school or equivalent
$43,570/year
$20.95/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase

92,170

Perform a variety of administrative tasks including answering phones, typing, word processing, making copies of important documents and maintaining records.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school or equivalent   $37,030/year
$17.80/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase

125,290

Perform routine clerical duties, maintain records, collect data, and provide information to customers.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High school or equivalent
   $45,940/year  
$22.09/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 2% increase

6,610

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Word Processing 


You can get a Skill Certificate (SC) in Word Processing at LASC where you will learn to write business letters and memos, create a PowerPoint presentation, and how to create, edit, and manipulate various types of documents. 

  • Ramp up your typing speed to keep up with business demands and new technology. You’ll be able to produce emails, business letters, and reports quickly and accurately. 
  • Get hands-on experience in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You’ll learn the core skills necessary to design, create, and edit word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations to prepare you for any office task you’re assigned.
  • Check for upcoming events, business and job fairs hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to network with community leaders and local business owners to find potential career opportunities as a general office clerk or administrative assistant. 
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate with your Skill Certificate.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take 

Review LASC’s Skill Certificate in Microsoft Office and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Certificate Code: 514.03
Total Units Required: 17

Once you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Typing a minimum of 40 words per minute, write a business letter using a standard business format including 7 elements.
  • Create a newsletter and develop/demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation.
Required Courses: Units
CAOT 2 Computer Keyboarding II   3
CAOT 31 Business English  3
CAOT 43 Office Procedures   3
CAOT 47 Applied Office Practice  3
CAOT 82 Microcomputer Software Survey in the Office 3
CAOT 84 Microcomputer Office Applications: Word Processing 3
TOTAL UNITS 17

Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career as an administrative or office assistant? You can start preparing for your career before your first class at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss what additional support services, opportunities you can be a part of to meet your educational and career goals. 
  • Take a typing class to increase your speed or a basic computer course to put you ahead of the curve. Check with local businesses to see if they are hiring a part-time filing clerk or receptionist to get general office experience to add to your resume to put you at the top of the list for future employers.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Once you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Typing a minimum of 40 words per minute, write a business letter using a standard business format including 7 elements.
  • Create a newsletter and develop/demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation.