Computer Applications and Business Technology

Open Entry Courses

General Information

CABT courses teach the specialized technology skills necessary for career growth in today’s job market. The CABT degree can lead to a career in fields as diverse as IT, human resources, public administration, marketing, medical office management, and small business administration. The skills taught by our department are in high demand in several occupations.

Students taking any of our open-entry courses have the opportunity to set their own pace, working independently on assignments and monitoring their own progress, with the support of CABT faculty and staff. Students can expect to dedicate at least 1.5 hours a week (4.5 hours a week during the summer term). Work for these courses can be completed from home, though students need to meet with their instructor in person or by video conference for an orientation and for testing.

For more information, please attend one of the CABT scheduled orientations during the beginning of the semester. Online orientations take place via video conference, and in-person orientations take place in the Computer Technology Centers, when the campus is open.

If you can’t make it to a scheduled orientation, you may arrange an individual orientation. Stop by our CTC Zoom Support, the CABT staff desk in the Computer Technology Center or call (831) 479-6277, when campus is open, or email cabt@cabrillo.edu.

Keyboarding
  • CABT 210 Basic Computer Keyboarding: CABT 210 is a basic skills level class that introduces elementary keyboarding techniques using the alphabet keys. It is designed for very beginning students. Students will use the software to practice a minimum of 25 hours, and reach a speed of 10 words a minute (wam) with no more than 1 error per minute, or 96% accuracy, in 2-minute timed writings. Lessons are completed in an online keyboarding instructional platform.
  • CABT 110A Computer Keyboarding — Alphabet Keys: CABT 110A is a beginning keyboarding class which covers the alphabet keys on the computer keyboard. Using the online software to complete a set of lessons and timed writings, students will reach a speed of 25 words a minute (wam) with no more than 1 error per minute, or 96% accuracy, in 2-minute timed writings.
  • CABT 110B Computer Keyboarding — Numbers/Symbols: CABT 110B is the intermediate level keyboarding course, and it includes the numbers and symbols on the computer keyboard. Student will use the online software to complete a set of lessons and timed writings, reaching a speed of 30 words a minute (wam) with no more than 1 error per minute, or 96% accuracy, in 3-minute timed writings.
  • CABT 110C Computer Keyboarding — Speed Development: CABT 110C is the advanced level keyboarding class. Students will practice to bring their keyboarding speed from a starting speed of at least 30 wam to a course completion speed of 40 wam, with 96% accuracy in 5-minute timed writings.

Work for all of the Keyboarding courses requires a full-size computer keyboard and internet access. These classes can be completed at home, or at the Cabrillo Computer Technology Center (CTC), when campus is open.

Spring 2022 Orientations for Keyboarding

If you have registered for an open entry class, you will find more detailed information in Canvas. For the Spring 2022 term, there are options for attending orientations in person (if campus is open) or by video conference.

Join the CABT Zoom Orientation/CTC Zoom Support at one of the times listed below.

  • Keyboarding Orientations
    Pick the time that works for you
    • Monday, Jan. 24 2:00-3:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Tuesday, Jan. 25 6:00-7:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Wednesday, Jan. 26 12:00-1:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Thursday, Jan. 27 10:00-11:00am
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Tuesday, Feb. 1 5:00-6:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Wednesday, Feb. 2 3:00-4:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Friday, Feb. 4 11:00-12:00
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Saturday, Feb. 5 10:00-11:00am
      Via CTC Zoom Support

Basic Spreadsheet Calculations

This is a 1-unit course that teaches basic proficiency in spreadsheet software.

Students who wish to work at home must have access to a computer with Microsoft Excel 2016, 2019 or 365 or access to the free Excel Online. Assignments are published in Canvas. Microsoft Excel is available at the Aptos and Watsonville campus CTCs, when campus is open.

Spring 2022 Orientations for Basic Spreadsheet Calculations

If you have registered for an open entry class, you will find more detailed information in Canvas. For the Spring 2022 semester, all orientations will be held by video conference.

Join the CABT Zoom Orientation/CTC Zoom Support at one of the times listed below.

  • Basic Spreadsheet Calculations Orientations
    Pick the time that works for you
    • Monday, Jan. 24 5:00-6:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Tuesday, Jan. 25 12:00-1:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Wednesday, Jan. 26 4:00-5:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Tuesday, Feb. 1 6:00-7:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Wednesday, Feb. 2 5:00-6:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

    • Thursday, Feb. 3 11:00am-12:00pm
      Via CTC Zoom Support

Beginning Technology Skills
  • CABT 405 Beginning Technology Skills I

  • CABT 406 Beginning Technology Skills II

Beginning Technology Skills I/II is a series of non-credit (0 unit) courses that cover beginning technology skills. Topics to be covered include: Becoming familiar with resources available in Cabrillo College's Computer Technology Center (CTC), learning to operate a Windows computer with the mouse and standard keyboard, creating documents and file folders, navigating Cabrillo College's website, and more. Non-credit courses are free, and may be repeated with satisfactory progress.

Support is available through the Computer Technology Center. Please see the CTC webpage for details.

You may also contact your instructor or instructional assistant for help through Canvas message or email.

Spring 2022 Orientations for Beginning Technology Skills I/II

If you have registered for an open entry class, you will find more detailed information in Canvas. Contact instructor Luz Hoyt for orientation times.

  • Beginning Technology Skills instructor hours
    Watsonville campus C building computer lab

    Tuesday/Thursday: 5:00-8:00pm

    Contact Luz Hoyt for more information