Micro-Credentials and Skills Badges

Flexible education designed to get you ahead.  

Micro-credentials can fully leverage your workforce capabilities with highly marketable skills by gaining specific knowledge in emerging fields and promote your professional growth in the new distance economy. Micro-credentials are aligned with high demand industry areas to help employers navigate digital transformation and identify a new way of doing business. Micro-credentials and skills badges are used to upskill for better career opportunities or for starting your degree studies.

In a highly competitive global economy and rapidly changing workplace, upskilling and reskilling is required by more employers to maintain viability in the workplace. New collar jobs are vastly growing in developing fields. The college has developed relationships with local, state and national industries to create a micro-credential system to align with industry standards. It is also becoming a test of speed and relevance in a fast changing, technically oriented job market. Some of our credentials offer internships to provide you with real world experiences. Many students find that earning a micro-credential helped them find the right career and continue on to degree completion.

We give you skills to succeed on the job. Candidates with strong soft skills are in high demand. Soft skills, also known as durable skills, are the attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. We offer you the opportunity to develop these skills and emphasize them on job applications, resumes, cover letters, and interviews. We offer several micro-credentials in durable skills so you take your knowledge from backpack to briefcase.

Designed to meet you at your lifestyle. We are here to help you develop and accomplish your goals every step of the way. You may decide to on-ramp for a micro-credential to obtain in-demand skills or micro-credentials are also offered within degree programs. Skills badges can be earned singly or several courses can be stacked to lead to a professional micro-credential. Badges are stackable credentials and more granular in scope. Achievement of a micro-credential indicates that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved through bundled credit, non-credit, or non-credit to credit courses with embedded skills needed for today’s marketplace.

Badges and micro-credentials are offered in-person, online, a hybrid format with flexible scheduling to meet you at your lifestyle. Visit the course schedule to identify the schedule that is right for you. Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification indicating demonstrated proficiency in a specific set of skills. Embedded skills badges in some courses provide an added value to your e-portfolio.  

Showcase your new skills and accomplishments. Employers want to know about your new skills. Upon successful completion and verification of a credential, you will receive a digital badge as evidence of attaining your new credential that can be shared in your e-portfolio with prospective employers and on social media platforms.

Our Industry Partners. The College works with industry partners and specialists to ensure information is current and we are meeting the needs of industry to create a pipeline of employable candidates. We listen to our partners’ needs to provide educated learners with the knowledge and skills to fulfill jobs and provide students with transfer opportunities to four-year institutions. Apprenticeship and internship partnerships benefit the employer and the student in gaining knowledge and hands-on or real world experiences.

Why RCC?  Higher educational institutions are well known to corporate CEO’s for the academic rigor required to demonstrate knowledge and skills proficiency and providing an excellent education.

The world of work has changed and we provide more options so that you can move ahead. Hundreds of jobs require employees to be prepared for new challenges and provide services that did not exist a year ago. Courses are offered in a variety of formats so you can accomplish your goals on your watch. Micro-credentials open the door to earn one of our 50 degree or certificate programs.

What are you waiting for?  Your future career starts with applying to the College and completing the Micro-credential Intent Form.

Whether you need additional skills to navigate your entry into the competitive workforce, have a degree and are looking to expand your skills or are thinking about a degree, a micro-credential from one of the leading colleges in the SUNY system is right for you.

Jump start your educational adventure with us.

Why should I earn a micro-credential?

Whether you need additional skills to navigate your entry into the competitive workforce, have a degree and are looking to expand your skills, or are thinking about a degree, a micro-credential from one of the leading colleges in the SUNY system is right for you.

Each micro-credential or skills badge:

  • Focuses on in-demand knowledge and skills
  • Is backed by course curriculum
  • Includes student learning outcomes recognized by industry partners and specialists

How do I earn a micro-credential or badge?

A micro-credential certifies that a student has attained a specified competency or skill set by successfully completing a group of 2-4 related courses and skills as outlined on the webpage. Once the requirements of a micro-credential or skills badge are verified, the student is issued a digital icon that can be embedded on social media platforms, an electronic resume or e-portfolio. These icons are linked to college pages with validating information about the micro-credential that prospective employers and education institutions can view.

What does a micro-credential do for me?

Micro-credentials offer:

  1. Increased potential employment or promotions by certifying new competencies students have achieved and expanding their skill sets
  2. The opportunity to move to the next level of obtaining a certificate or degree to secure jobs upon graduation
  3. Opportunity to seek the next level of higher education
  4. Increased opportunity to advance your career
  5. Increased industry knowledge of emerging advancements for professionals already working in industry
  6. Recognizable highly competitive global market value

Can I use the credits earned in the micro-credential toward my degree?

Micro-credentials open the door to earn one of our degrees or certificates. Students may utilize the courses passed in a micro-credential toward a degree program pending the courses apply to the degree program selected.

What if I do not achieve the grades for the micro-credential?

It is important for employers to understand the proficiency level attained when earning a micro-credential; therefore, a grade proficiency level has been set for courses included in a micro-credential. Students earn grades for the courses taken and all grades appear on the student’s transcript. Students who pass the class but do not achieve the minimum grade proficiency listed on the webpage, will not earn the micro-credential, but may utilize the courses passed toward a degree program pending the courses apply to the degree program selected.

Why are we different?

We have developed a program with various pathways to meet your needs. Skills and micro-credentials are a pathway of accomplishing credit, non-credit, and non-credit to credit coursework that can be stacked to lead to updated industry skills, a professional micro-credential, and degree. The College has developed relationships with local, state and national industries to create a micro-credential system to align with industry standards. You will earn a credential from a reputable accredited college that allows you to put your skills right to work or continue on to a degree.

We support our students on their journey. We have many support services including tutoring, advisement that includes career planning, and financial aid. If you begin to struggle with your coursework, tutoring is available at no additional charge.

What does it cost?

The cost of each credential varies based on the number of courses required. Matriculated students may be eligible for financial aid, but non-matriculated students are not eligible for aid. See the Getting Started Is Easy page.  Check with your employer to find out if tuition assistance is offered.

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