Pathways: Computer Applications for Speakers of Other Languages (CASOL)

The purpose of this 6 or 9 month Pathway is to introduce non-native English speakers to employment opportunities in office and customer service entry-level jobs through college credit, a Certificate of Completion and support classes for success.

Applicants should have high-intermediate to advanced proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English.  The class introduces students to keyboarding, MS Word, MS Excel,Access and Powerpoint and work readiness, communication, other computer and teamwork skills.  This Pathway will focus on entry-level clerical and administrative jobs in health care, business, education, insurance, social services and the public sector where there is a growing need for bilingual customer service.



More questions? Please contact Nicole Booker at 971-722-6284, or by clicking the link and sending an email.

Conveniently located:
Portland Community College


Estimated Cost Of Training:

Bridge : $585 / $1325 - ESOL Non-Credit / Credit option
Term 1: $1097/ $1731 - ESOL Non-Credit / Credit option
Term 2: $984 / $1738 - ESOL Non-Credit / Credit option

Total: $2665/$4794 - ESOL Non-Credit/Credit option

Training Cost Sheet

Note: The figures above are based on the 2013/14 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • Students must possess a High School diploma or GED OR have completed 3 Official GED tests with the intention of completing the remaining within three months.
  • Completion of Level 5 ESOL classes or COMPASS ESOL placement exam scores with placement into:  ESOL Level 6 or higher.
  • For information on a free workshop to prepare to take the COMPASS exam call 971-722-6218.

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits
Bridge Term    
ESOL 59/59N ESOL Support Course 8 credits/non-credit
CAS 121 Beginning Keyboarding 3
WFTT23 Career Planning non-credit
Total Credits   11 or 3 credits

Term One

Requires typing by touch - A typing test will be given to those who were not enrolled in the Bridge Term
ESOL 59/59N ESOL Support Course 8 credits/non-credit
CAS 133 Basic Computer Skills/Microsoft Office 4
CAS 122 Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy 3
WFTT 23 Career Planning (for students not enrolled in Bridge) non-credit
Total Credits   15 or 7 credits
Term Two    
ESOL 59/59N ESOL Support Course 8 credits/non-credit
CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3 credits
CAS 216 Beginning Word 3 credits
BA 280 (optional) Internship Participation credit/non-credit options
Total Credits   14 or 6 credits


What should I do next to get into the training?

  • For information on upcoming trainings or for other program information, contact Nicole Booker, Education Coordinator, 971-722-6234.