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Microcredentials are groups of three to five courses that can be taken as a standalone program or can eventually be stacked to earn a degree or certificate. They are designed to help you quickly develop relevant skills to prepare for entry-level employment or per-diem work, and can help those currently employed gain additional training to advance their career.

MVCC MicrocredentialsMVCC’s microcredentials can help you bridge the gap between college and a career, giving you a competitive edge before completing a degree program.

MVCC also has partnered with digital credentialing platform Credly, which empowers the College to officially recognize you for demonstrable competencies and skills.

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Microcredential Programs

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Fine Arts: Drawing and Design:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in branding, social media management, video, and motion graphics. Opportunities for crossover include photography, graphic design, fine arts, and illustration where the skills acquired in the Media Management microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Fine Arts: Painting and Printmaking:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in acrylic and oil painting, reduction printing, and screen-printing. Opportunities for crossover include graphic design, marketing, and photography where the skills acquired in the Painting and Printmaking microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Graphic Design: Layout:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in graphic design principles and introductory use of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Opportunities for crossover include illustration, marketing, photography, and digital animation where the skills acquired in the Layout microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Graphic Design: Publication:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in advanced graphic design principles, website design, and printing. Opportunities for crossover include illustration, marketing, photography, and digital animation where the skills acquired in the Publication microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Illustration: Digital and Drawing:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in perspective, proportion, software use, and basic illustration techniques. Opportunities for crossover include graphic design, marketing, and digital animation where the skills acquired in the Digital and Drawing microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Illustration: Concepts:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in book illustration, editorial illustration, and sequential art. Opportunities for crossover include graphic design, marketing, and digital animation where the skills acquired in the Concepts microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Digital Media and Marketing: Content Design:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in camera use, basic graphic design principles, and software use in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and Premiere. Opportunities for crossover include photography, graphic design, fine arts, and illustration where the skills acquired in the Content Design microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Digital Media and Marketing: Media Management:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in branding, social media management, video, and motion graphics. Opportunities for crossover include photography, graphic design, fine arts, and illustration where the skills acquired in the Media Management microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Photography: Darkroom and Digital:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in camera use, darkroom procedures, printing, and software use in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Opportunities for crossover include video production, graphic design, marketing where the skills acquired in the Darkroom and Digital microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Photography: Studio and Portfolio:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in studio procedures, lighting, printing, and portfolio preparation. Opportunities for crossover include video production, graphic design, marketing where the skills acquired in the Studio and Portfolio microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Video Production: Capture and Post-Production:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in camera use, video-editing, and software use with Adobe Lightroom and Premiere. Opportunities for crossover include photography, graphic design, marketing where the skills acquired in the Capture and Editing microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Video Production: Effects and Narrative:

The microcredential will create an additional element of employability for individuals who pursue the this path. Students in this microcredential will have acquired skills in advanced video capture and editing, narrative storytelling, visual effects, and film-making. Opportunities for crossover include photography, graphic design, marketing where the skills acquired in the Effects and Post-Production microcredential would make those individuals more marketable. Courses include:

Sterile Processing Techniques:

This microcredential prepares students to pass the IAHCSMM certification exam required to work as a sterile processing technician in New York State. Courses include:

Fabrication Welding:

Fabrication Welding This microcredential teaches the welding methods used in the fabrication of metal objects using mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Completion of this microcredential prepares students for entry-level positions as welder fabricators. Courses include:

Ornamental Welding:

Ornamental Welding This microcredential covers the welding methods used in the fabrication of ornamental metal objects and structures, providing hands-on experience with a variety of metals, including wrought iron, stainless steel, and aluminum. Completion of this microcredential qualifies students for entry-level positions as ornamental welders. Courses include:

Structural Welding:

Structural Welding This microcredential provides essential knowledge and skills in Arc Welding and prepares students for welding certification exams for the New York State Department of Transportation and the American Welding Society (both can be taken at MVCC). Completion of this program qualifies students for entry-level or apprentice positions in structural welding. Courses include:

Carpentry Fundamentals:

Carpentry Fundamentals This microcredential provides students with the knowledge and hands-on experience to work on construction sites for residential structures. It covers framing, subflooring, flooring, walls, and roofs, and introduces a variety of materials and methods used to finish the interior and exterior of a residential structure. Safety procedures are emphasized. Courses include:

Masonry Fundamentals:

Masonry Fundamentals This microcredential provides the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to prepare students for entry-level work on commercial and residential construction sites utilizing any combination of concrete, block (CMU), or brick construction methods. Safety procedures are emphasized. Courses include:

Kitchen Competencies:

Food Preparation This microcredential will provide an early milestone for our Culinary Arts students as well as a credential for workforce development based on meetings with area employers looking for a specific skill set for their operation. Courses include:

Introduction to Baking:

student baking a cake This microcredential will provide an early milestone for our pastry arts students as well as a credential for workforce development based on meetings with area employers looking for a specific skill set for their operations. This the first of two microcredentials in baking. Courses include:

Advanced Baking:

student working on a pastry project This microcredential will provide a mid-program milestone for our pastry arts students as well as a credential for workforce development based on meetings with area employers looking for a specific skill set for their operations. This is the second of two microcredentials in baking. Courses include:

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems-Maintenance

student performing maintenance on a droneThis microcredential will provide a mid-program milestone for RPAS students as well as a mechanism to upskill the incumbent workforce to perform maintenance and routine service of RPAS, ensuring the aircraft conforms to design and safe operating conditions. Courses include:

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems-Operations

student having a drone operation trainingThis microcredential will provide a mid-program milestone for RPAS students as well as a mechanism to upskill the incumbent workforce to perform as RPAS pilots and mission planners for both multirotor and fixed wing RPAS. Courses include:

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems-Data Analysis

student working on geographic info systemThis microcredential will provide a mid-program milestone for RPAS students as well as a mechanism to upskill the incumbent workforce to collect, validate, georeference, and analyze data rendered from RPAS missions. Courses include:

Information Technology Support Professional

student attending the IT support lectureThe IT Support Professional microcredential is designed to prepare students for an entry-level role in IT support. A job in IT can mean in-person or remote help desk work in a small business or at a global company. The microcredential will introduce IT troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration and security. This microcredential, with integration into the Computer Information Systems program, is designed to prepare for employment in this continuously growing field as well as provide a foundation for further education. Courses include:

Financial Crime Investigation

student attending the IT support lectureThe Financial Crime Investigation (FCI) microcredential will provide students in the Criminal Justice AAS degree program with career-related elective options outside the traditional policing, courts, and corrections fields. The job prospects for fraud examiners, fraud investigators and fraud analysts have continued to grow, and the FCI microcredential will prepare our graduates for these types of positions within multiple industries. Courses include:

Early Childhood Education

The fifteen-credit pathway in Early Childhood Education is designed for those in fields such as early childhood education, childcare, child development and human services who want to pursue or maintain initial employment in early childhood settings. All courses are required in the Childhood Education AS Degree Program (Utica University Transfer). Courses include:

Childhood Education

The Phase 1 and Phase 2 - Childhood Education pathways consist of a sequence of courses designed to create a pathway for current and future teaching assistants to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to advance across the three teaching assistant levels designated by New York State. All courses are required in the Childhood Education Oneonta AS Degree Program. Courses include:

Phase One Childhood Education:
Phase Two Childhood Education: