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Career Studies Certificates

Career studies program options are developed and implemented as community needs are identified and institutional resources permit. Learn about the course requirements for the programs listed below.

Administrative Professional
This program is designed to provide an opportunity for administrative support personnel to enhance job skills in the areas of computer applications and organizational leadership. This program has primarily been offered to the employees of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in King George County. Those who complete the program will be eligible to take a certification examination through the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

Autism
This program is designed to increase the effectiveness of educators and community members who are personally or professionally dealing with students exhibiting autism spectrum disorders. The program provides an introduction to the disorder as well as information on curriculum development and methodologies for supporting students with autism.

Culinary Arts
This program is designed to provide a foundation in food production and the culinary arts field. Students will receive technical education in culinary arts and food service management which will prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation.

Advanced Culinary Arts
To provide a foundation in food production and the culinary arts field. There is continued demand for qualified cooks and food service managers within the restaurant industry, one of the major employers in the College’s service region.

Computer Applications Specialist
This program is designed to train and equip students with the essential skills needed in an automated working environment. Students will learn basic skills in computer literacy and operations of the microcomputer.

Computer Aided Drafting
This program prepares students to work as CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) technicians and provides skills enhancement for working technicians, engineers, drafters, and designers. It includes advanced CAD drafting and design using auto CAD and specialty software in electronics, graphics programming, or mechanical, architectural, or civil design.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who can serve the community with basic life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and resulting National Registry certification as well as certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMTs are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Advanced EMT
To produce competent entry-Paramedics who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure.

Emergency Medical Services-Intermediate (EMS)
The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediates (EMT-I/99) who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Employment opportunities for EMT-Intermediates are available with ambulance services, fire and rescue services, hospitals, local, state and federal government agencies, and humanitarian relief organizations.

Paramedic
To produce competent entry-Paramedics who can serve the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) infrastructure. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing resulting in both national and Virginia certification.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
This program is designed to train students for entry-level positions requiring skills in installing, troubleshooting, and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems primarily in residential applications.

Advanced Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (AHVAC)
This program is designed to train students in advanced skills in installing, troubleshooting, and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems primarily in residential applications.

Industrial Electricity/Electronics
This program is designed to develop or extend basic skills and provide theory and hands-on training in Industrial Electricity/Electronics.

Infant and Toddler Care
The Infant and Toddler Care Career Studies Certificate is offered by Northern Virginia Community College at RCC. This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to create and maintain learning environments that are developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers.

Instructional Technology
This program introduces educators to the practical use of personal computers, educational software, and the Internet, with emphasis on presentation software and multimedia production.

Game Design and Development
This certificate is designed to prepare individuals with entry-level skills to enter the field [or fields] of game design, web design and animation.

Nurse Aide
This program is designed to train persons for full-time employment as nursing assistants. Students will learn the skills required to assist with nursing care in nursing homes, hospitals, and supervised home-care situations.

Phlebotomy
This program is designed to prepare students to work as entry-level phlebotomists. Program graduates are also eligible to sit for the national phlebotomy certification exam.

Web Design
This program is designed to develop the skills necessary to create web pages and websites to meet the challenges of promoting and advertising businesses and services in the 21st Century.

Program Conditions
Career studies program options are developed and implemented as community needs are identified and as institutional resources permit.  Normally, courses which are associated with the various program options may be offered when all the following conditions are met:

  1. justifiable student enrollment;
  2. adequate facilities available on or off campus;
  3. qualified instructors available; and
  4. adequate financial resources available.

The flexibility of the option approach provides for the activation or deactivation of program options depending upon the above factors.

Length: Variable (9 to 29 semester hours)

Purpose
A significant percentage of the student population served by the community college consists of adult part-time students, usually taking courses offered during the evening hours.

Many adult students seek post-secondary programs of study that are shorter than the conventional one- or two-year programs designed primarily for full-time students. Many occupational, industrial, or adult-interest areas do not typically require a certificate or a two-year degree.

The career studies certificate program is a response to these short-term occupational and avocational training needs of many in the region.

These programs are based on a series of condensed and specialized curricular options representing a wide variety of occupational and academic course areas that can be covered with the minimum amount of college course work. Each program option is designed as a distinct “mini-curriculum” within a broader range of educational possibilities.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the career studies certificate program is based on the general requirements for admission to the college. Students with deficiencies in general education may require developmental studies.  The part-time student is expected to select one of the available program options during admission and registration.

Traditional financial aid generally is not available to students enrolled in career studies certificate programs.  Information on other funding opportunities (scholarships and grants) is available from the financial aid office or the counseling office on either campus.

Program Requirements
The Career Studies Certificate curriculum includes selected specialized courses within each program option. The range of course credits varies between the program options from a minimum of nine semester credits to a maximum of 29 semester credits.

Upon satisfactory completion of one of the program options, the student will receive a career studies certificate. Students may earn more than one certificate as program option requirements are satisfied.

This page was last modified on July 23, 2014. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.


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