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The latest model Remington, Smith Premier, and Underwood typewriters are used. These are the leading machines in use, and students learning on them will experience no trouble in operating any standard typewriter. The College is equipped with a sufficient number of typewriters to allow each student a great deal of practice daily.

Students are taught to operate the machine by touch, that is, without looking at the keyboard. All the fingers are used, each one being trained to strike certain keys, and the student is soon able to locate the letters as readily by touch as by sight. It is certainly as easy for one to learn the keyboard of a typewriter as for a musician to memorize the location of the keys on a piano.

The Touch System has many adantages over the old two-finger sight method of writing. No time is lost looking back and forth from the keyboard to the matter to be written, there is less chance for errors and omissions, and the writer will do more and better work in a given time, with less exertion.

After the student has learned how to use the machine and can copy well, letters and other matter dictated in the shorthand classes are transcribed. Daily practice on the machine is required of every student pursuing this course and all work must be presented to the teacher for inspection and criticism. Advanced students are given a great deal of practice in writing legal documents and specifications, in manifolding and press copying, and in preparing different styles of tabulated work.


What is Required of a Stenographer

To be successful, a stenographer must be able to write a good hand, spell correctly, and compose, arrange and punctuate a business letter. He should have a general knowledge of how business is conducted. He must be able to do neat and accurate work at a rapid rate on the typewriter, take press, carbon and mimeograph copies, file letters, etc. All these things are taught in our school. In fact, we aim to give students a thorough training in every feature of office work.





Combined Course

This course has been prepared to give the student a complete commercial training. It includes all the branches named in the Business and the Shorthand Courses.

The Business Course prepares for a great variety of positions but it does not fit for stenographic work. On the other hand, while the Shorthand Course thoroughly prepares the student for the duties of stenographer and typewriter or private secretary, it does not include bookkeeping and accounting. The Combined Course prepares the student to perform the duties of bookkeeper or stenographer, or both, really giving him three opportunities in securing a position compared to one for the graduate of a single course.

A great many business houses do not require the services of two persons in the office, and these concerns usually employ some one who understands both Bookkeeping and Shorthand. The demand for such help, both male and female, is usually greater than the supply. Many of our students complete both courses, and they seldom have any difficulty in securing immediate employment at good salaries.

Persons enrolling for this course commence with Bookkeeping and the other business subjects, and when these are finished, they take up Shorthand and Typewriting. Few students are able to make satisfactory progress by pursuing all the branches in both courses at the same time. Students having a good English education, by doing a reasonable amount of work before and after sessions, sometimes complete the Combined Course in a school year. The time for the average student varies from one to two terms.


Special Courses

When desired, students may omit studies in which they are proficient and select branches from one or more of our regular courses. All students who desire to graduate, however, must pass examinations in all branches of either the Business or the Shorthand Course.


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