Career Skills Academy

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Rockland Community College (RCC) recognizes the high demand to fill “middle skills” jobs – jobs that require more education than a high school diploma, but less than a college degree – in the Hudson Valley region. The Career Skills Academy was created to meet that demand. Career Skills Academy offers programs where students can gain workforce certifications in less than a year. Jobs in these fields have typical starting salaries of $45,000 – $55,000. These programs are designed to provide opportunities to obtain industry-specific certifications and/or to transfer into degree-seeking programs. Class offerings, costs, program length and locations vary based on the program. There are scholarship and grant opportunities for those who qualify.

Min Rhee, Support Technician at Rockland Community College's Haverstraw extension site works on the PolyJet printerProgram Overview

Learn computer-assisted architectural drawing and 3D printing fundamentals to earn a certificate in less than 3 months. Drafters can find rewarding careers in the construction, manufacturing or architecture industries.

An introduction to two-dimensional computer drafting using the AutoCAD software. The course covers the basic drawing and editing commands and serves as a prerequisite for more advanced CAD courses. Topics covered include drawing setup, prototype drawings, 2D drawing and editing commands, layers, scale, units, and text, model and paper space. Also included are multiple viewport creation and manipulation, dimensioning and dimension variables and blocks and their use as library parts.

Students also will learn architectural design with building construction fundamentals. Topics include hand drawing, green building concepts, efficient use of space, simple 3D design and model construction, 3D-design software, data collection and analysis and the Scientific Method. Using their creative process students will construct a model building incorporating green-building concepts while keeping the artistic nature of architecture in mind. This course will help students who are interested in any field that relates to the building industry or real estate, animation, gaming and engineering

The students will introduce to 3D solid modeling utilizing SolidWorks® software. This course familiarizes the student with 3D solid modeling and editing techniques. Topics include: solid primitives, mass properties, 3D viewing, extrusions, 2D view extractions and assemblies.

Program Curriculum

  • Intro to Auto CAD
  • Intro to Drafting/ Intro to Solid Works
  • Intro to Design with Computers (SketchUp)
  • Principles of 3D Printing

Hybrid Course

This program will take place online four days a week and one day in-person.

FEE: $2,150
CRN: 60041
LOCATION: Online and RCC Haverstraw Center, 37 West Broad St. Haverstraw, NY

worker in yellow vest and hard hatProgram Overview

Training: Installation, inspection of pipes, regulation of gas meters, understanding the gas industry, location markings, and accident awareness and prevention

  • Hands-On Instruction: Leak detection pipe inspection, gas indicator reading, diagnostic-voltage, current, resistance, skills in pipe fitting, reading pipeline drawings, inspection of pressure gauges, installing meters and regulator, and safety techniques.
  • Soft Skills Training: Workplace competencies including communication & teamwork skills, resume writing, and career readiness
  • Students are required to take the NGA (Northeast Gas Association Exam)
  • A job fair for graduates will take place at RCC at the end of the program


Funding and enrollment are limited. Students must pass a screening test, as well as a mechanical aptitude test.

  • Must be a United States citizen or must have the ability/right to work in the US (will be required to provide proof of ability to work in the US prior to program participation)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED/HSE (High School Equivalency)
  • Must have top scores on administered reading and math screening test, as well as Mechanical Aptitude Test
  • Must commit to attend the full-time training program. 100% attendance is expected.

FEE: $2,999
LOCATION: Stony Point

student focusing on a computer screenProgram Overview

This 192-hour program includes innovative curriculum from Google and the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in IT support. A job in IT can mean in-person or remote help desk work, either in a small business or at a global company, like Google. Whether you’ve been tinkering with IT or are completely new to the field, you’ve come to the right place. Through a dynamic mix of live and video lectures, quizzes, and hands-on labs, this certificate program will introduce you to troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, and security.

About Google

Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Out of the tremendous need for IT support professionals, they created their own training program. After an internal testing period, the program is now available to the general public. Rockland Community College has been selected to launch the program in our region.

About CompTIA

The Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world’s (IT) Information Technology industry. As a non-profit trade association, they enable IT professionals and IT channel organizations to be more successful with industry-leading certifications and business credentials, education, resources and the ability to connect with like-minded leading IT industry experts.

Online Program

This program will take place online. Students will have to log in at specific dates/times to complete their assignments.

Days: TBD
FEE: $2,999
CRN: 40002

two studentsProgram Overview

Prepare for a career in the high-demand field of bookkeeping as you master QuickBooks—the leading financial software tool for small businesses. By the end of this course, you’ll be an expert in everything from basic accounting to double-entry bookkeeping. Hands-on activities will help you learn skills including handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, accounting for fixed assets and recording and maintaining inventory accounts. In addition, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to ensure that your accounting methods meet all legal standards. Upon successful completion, students will receive an Intuit QuickBooks credential and a Certificate of completion from RCC.

I. QuickBooks Basics

Welcome to QuickBooks: Demonstrate how to set up a QuickBooks company file for a business by creating an Ace Photography QuickBooks company file. Working with Company Files: Have a better understanding of how to work with company files in QuickBooks precisely and accurately. Securing Your Company Files: Demonstrate how to secure company files in QuickBooks by managing users and data.

II. Bookkeeping Building

Blocks Bookkeeping Defined: Apply bookkeeping concepts to accounting problems. The Journal, the Ledger, and Special Journals: Run QuickBooks reports for the general journal and the general ledger, as well as reports for subsidiary journals.

III. Preparing the Company File

The Chart of Accounts: Work with the Chart of Accounts in QuickBooks, including adding and changing accounts. Company Lists: Administer various company lists in QuickBooks by adding customers and vendor.

IV. Cash and Fixed Asset Transactions

Bank Accounts and Cash Transactions in QuickBooks: Record bank account transactions in QuickBooks by entering cash account transactions and completing a bank reconciliation. Fixed Assets and Depreciation in QuickBooks: Record fixed assets and depreciation in QuickBooks.

V. Understanding Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable I: Record bills in QuickBooks by entering various accounts payable transactions into the course. Accounts Payable II: Produce accounts payable history and reports in QuickBooks.

VI. Reviewing Accounts Receivable

Accounts Receivable I: Demonstrate the invoice procedure by producing a customer invoice in QuickBooks. Accounts Receivable II: By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to manage payments, deposits, and returned checks in QuickBooks. Accounts Receivable III: Check for outstanding invoices and bill for the reimbursement of expenses in QuickBooks. Batch Invoicing and Creating Letters: Produce batches of invoices and customer letters in QuickBooks.

VII. Managing Inventory Transactions

Introduction to Inventory and Customer Estimates: Create and revise customer estimates, and you’ll practice recording and tracking inventory transactions. List Items and Inventory in QuickBooks: Assign classes, add and edit multiple list entries, and track inventory in QuickBooks. Ordering and Selling Inventory in QuickBooks: Order and sell inventory by creating sales and purchase orders and receiving inventory. Vendor Discounts and Credits and Adjusting Inventory in QuickBooks: Manage vendor discounts and credits and adjust inventory in QuickBooks. Tracking Price Levels and Customer Discounts in QuickBooks: Manage price levels and customer discounts in QuickBooks by creating price levels, discounted items, and customer discounts. Working with Customer Balances: Learn techniques for working with customer balances in QuickBooks.

VIII. Closing the Books and Reporting in QuickBooks

Closing the Books and Reporting: How to close the books in QuickBooks and how to run and use important reports. Your Career Roadmap: The Job Search and Future Opportunities: How the job market works, and you’ll obtain skills to help you navigate it. Communication: Learn basic concepts related.

Online Program

This program will take place online. Students will have to log in at specific dates/times to complete their assignments.

FEE: $ 1,995
CRN: 60042

call center representative smilingProgram Overview

This program is designed to prepare students for the role of professional medical call center representative. The program teaches principles and processes for providing successful customer service in a medical organization. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards and evaluation of customer satisfaction. Administrative and clerical procedures such as data entry, word processing, keyboarding, Microsoft Office, managing files, telephone systems and other office procedures.  A module dedicated to medical terminology will be included in the course. Communication skills, organization skills and the importance of attitude and professionalism will also be covered.

Online Program

This program will take place online. Students will work at their own pace to complete their assignments.

FEE: $ 2,150
CRN: 400007

student sitting outside with laptopProgram Overview

Learn the in’s and out’s of using social media marketing and branding for your business in a few short months. This program is 100% online, so you can access the coursework at any time of the day.

This program will provide students with the basic principles of advertising, including the history of advertising; target and niche marketing; marketing research; and the different advertising mediums (television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the internet). The basic concepts of international advertising will also be explored. In addition, students will be introduced to the field of retailing and merchandising, which includes an overview of retail operations including buying and merchandising policies and procedures. Focus on online store locations, layout processes, and management/staffing organization with emphasis on latest trends in E-commerce online retailer operations, procedures and processes.

Students enrolled in this program will also gain an understanding the role and scope of marketing in both business and nonprofit sectors of our society. Concepts, strategies and institutions involved in the determination of consumer demand and potential of markets, marketing mix, product line and brand management; organization and implementation of distribution strategies and trade channel structure; pricing policies, programs and their implementation; promotional programs and techniques relevant to demand creation are explored. Students will develop Web pages. Forms will be designed and multimedia elements will be included. Students will become familiar with guidelines for Web page accessibility by people of different levels of ability. Issues of Web site organization will be addressed. Each student will complete a professional social media business plan.

Program Curriculum

  • Principles of Advertising
  • Principles of Retailing & Branding
  • Web Page Development
  • Social Media Platform Development

FEE: $2,320
CRN: 40006

Career Skills Academy Registration Instructions

  1. Complete the Career Skills Academy Form.
  2. Once your paperwork is processed you will receive a confirmation from the Registrar that your account has been created and receive your login credentials from [email protected] along with instructions on how to access your myRCC account and Self-Service Banner for registration. Instruction on how to self register using Banner can be found below.
  3. If you have not done so yet, please be sure to set up your myRCC account as soon as possible.
  1. Login to the myRCC student portal using a web browser. Google Chrome is recommended.
  2. Click on the Self-Service link under My Apps.Screenshot of My Apps with Self-Service link highlighted
    The Banner Student Services page will open as seen below.Screenshot of Banner Student Services page
  3. Click on the Ellucian Menu (the four boxes) or click Alt + M – then under Student Menu, click on Student Registration Self Service
    Screenshot of Student Menu with arrows pointing at Ellucian Menu, Student Menu and Student Registration Self Service
    You are now on the Banner Student Registration pageScreenshot of Banner Student Registration page
  4. Click on the Register/Drop Classes linkScreenshot of Register/Drop Classes link
  5. Choose a Term (ex. Spring 2021 Credit Free) from the drop down and click Continue.
    Screenshot of Select a Term dropdown
  6. From here, you can register two different ways:
    Register using Find Classes tab or Enter CRNs tab
    Screenshot showing register using find classes and register by enter CRNs tabs
    1. Find Classes tab
      Screenshot of find classes tab. Find classes by subject, course number or using Advanced Search
      1. Click the blank box next to Subject to scroll through the subjects or type in the desired subject. Click Search.
      2. Click on the Course title to view details about the course
      3. Click on the Add button to the right to add the course to your Registration Summary. The added course will be posted under Summary section to the bottom right of the screen and on the Schedule section to the bottom left of the screen.
        Register for classes screenshot highlighting click Add to add course to summary and click Submit to Register
      4. Click Submit to register for the course. The enrollment status will then change to Registered.It is important to remember to click Submit to save your changes. Unless a course shows the enrollment status as Registered, you are not registered for the course. It will show Pending/Web Registered until you click Submit.
        Save successful screenshot showing classes registered for and schedule
    2. Enter CRNs tab
      1. Click on the Enter CRNs tab to register for classes based on their Course Reference Numbers.
        enter CRNs screenshot
      2. To add multiple CRNs, click on Add Another CRN for each additional class that you wish to register for.
      3. When you have finished entering the CRNs, click Add to Summary for them to be added to your Registration Summary.
      4. Click Submit on the Registration Summary to register for these classes. It is important to remember to click Submit to save your changes. Unless a course shows the enrollment status as Registered, you are not registered for the course. It will show Pending/Web Registered until you click Submit.

Video: How to View Your Class Schedule

The Schedule window creates a visual weekly class schedule based on the classes that you are registered for or that are pending in your Registration Summary.

schedule window screenshot

Video: How to Drop a Class

  1. In the Action column, click on the drop-down menu next to the class that you would like to drop or remove. This will display the enrollment status options:
    1. Remove (for drops prior to the start)
    2. Drop (for drops in the refund period)
    3. Withdraw (for drops after the refund period).
  2. Click on the appropriate status.
    screenshot showing add/remove course dropdown
  3. Click Submit. This will remove the course from your schedule and drop you from the class.

    NOTE: dropping a course after the start of the term or academic period may leave you with an outstanding tuition balance due to the College. Please see the Academic Calendar for more information.

It is important to remember to click Submit to save your changes. Unless a course shows the enrollment status as Registered, you are not registered for the course. It will show Pending/Web Registered until you click Submit.