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Microcredentials

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What are Microcredentials?

At the most basic level, Microcredentials verify, validate, and attest that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved. They differ from traditional degrees and certificates in that they are generally offered in shorter or more flexible timespans and tend to be more narrowly focused. Microcredentials can be offered online, in the classroom, or via a hybrid of both.

Our Microcredentials all provide coursework that would count towards a degree, but students aren’t required to be enrolled in a degree program to earn the credential.

Any Microcredentials that you earn at DCC will appear on your official DCC transcript, and you will also earn a “Digital Badge” that will allow you to share your achievement with potential employers on professional networking sites.

DCC is proud to offer the microcredentials listed below. Click here for Microcredentials flyer.

Business

Small Business Management

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur who is looking to enhance your skills and grow your business? Dutchess Community College has introduced a suite of accelerated classes designed for busy professionals who know that understanding the business of business is critical to success. Classes start January 13!

In just two consecutive seven-week sessions, you can complete three courses through a special online/on-site opportunity that will equip you with the skills necessary to increase your effectiveness in today’s business environment. The courses – Foundations of Business (BUS 102), Principles of Marketing (BUS 107) and Small Business Management (BUS 208) – will provide a solid framework to support your professional goals and expand your knowledge of fundamentals including legalities, financing, accounting, market segmentation, franchising, pricing, consumer behavior, Internet opportunities and social responsibility.

As part of this unique hybrid program, you will take BUS 102 and BUS 107 concurrently at the Poughkeepsie campus on Monday and Wednesday evenings for the first seven weeks, and then BUS 208 on Monday evenings for the second seven weeks. In-class instruction will be complemented by online coursework that offers flexibility and convenience. Traditional 15-week online and on-site options also are available for those who wish to take the courses one at a time, at a slower pace. 

In addition to receiving a digital badge as evidence of your completion of the Small Business Management credential, you will earn nine college credits that are applicable to an associate degree in Business Administration or Business Management, should you wish to continue your higher education.

Tuition and fees for each course total $593; textbooks will be purchased separately at additional cost.

To learn more about the Small Business Management credential click here to receive additional information!

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

BUS 102

Foundations of Business

3

BUS 107

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS 108

Small Business Management

3

TOTAL

 

9


This microcredential can be stacked into the Business Administration A.S. and Business Management A.A.S. degrees.

Exercise Science & Wellness

Personal Trainer Certification

Gain the foundational knowledge necessary to become certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness through coursework in our Exercise Science and Wellness department. Learn the skills necessary to work with clients and to potentially run your own personal training business. NCSF certification exams are administered on campus as part of the coursework. Upon completion, students will earn Personal Trainer certification. The three courses can be applied to an associate degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. To learn more about Exercise Science & Wellness credentials click here to receive additional information!

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

PED 202

Fitness Training Practicum

3

WFE 101

Wellness and Fitness Education

3

ESW 203

Personal Training Certification

3

TOTAL

 

9


This microcredential can be stacked into the Exercise Science & Wellness A.A.S. degree.

Sports Nutrition Specialist Certification

Gain the foundational knowledge necessary to become certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness through coursework in our Exercise Science and Wellness department. Learn the skills necessary to work with clients and to potentially run your own nutrition and fitness training business. NCSF certification exams are administered on campus as part of the coursework. Upon completion, students will earn Sports Nutrition Specialist certification. The three courses can be applied to an associate degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. To learn more about Exercise Science & Wellness credentials click here to receive additional information!

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

BIO 122

Nutrition

3

BUS 102

Foundations of Business

3

ESW 204

Sports Nutrition Specialist Certification

3

TOTAL

 

9


This microcredential can be stacked into the Exercise Science & Wellness A.A.S. degree.