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.

Outreach and Recruitment for the next class:

Computer Applications for Speakers of Other Languages
The next three-term class will run from Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Fall 2013 Schedule of classes

Next Information Sessions:

SE Center: 2305 SE 82nd ave. Portland, OR 97216

Tuesday, October 29, 2-3:50pm, Tabor Hall, Room 115

Wednesday, November 6, 12-2:00pm, Scott Hall, Room 101

Tuesday, November 12, 10 - 11:50am, Tabor Hall, Room 115


Cascade Campus: 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

Thursday, October 31, 10-11:50am, PSEB 111

Thursday, November 14, 2-3:50pm, PSEB 111


Sylvania Campus: 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219


Thursday, November 7, 3-5:00pm, HT 324

Wednesday, November 13, 9-11:00am, HT 324


More questions? Please contact Haydee Goldenberg at 971-722-6283, or by clicking the link and sending an email.


Conveniently located:
Portland Community College
Classes start soon:
Fall Term 2013 at PCC SE Center.
Learn more:
Download a printable flyer, or additional information and schedule.


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 Laurie Chadwick, Education Coordinator, 971-722-6233