Microcredentials

A microcredential is a short program that allows participants to gain skills needed in today’s workforce. SUNY Adirondack offers industry-standard education to build skills to fuel our regional economy and fill the needs of students and employers.

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Participants in the Adobe Illustrator Basics microcredentials will gain specialized knowledge and experience for the Adobe Illustrator ACA exam. Those who complete the three courses will be able to deftly navigate the program, creating beautiful, detailed designs to begin a career in Media Arts or further promote their current employer.

The following Arts, Media & Culture courses provide an introduction to graphic design and illustration on industry-standard vector graphics software used to create logos, illustrations and other graphic arts:

  • ART 222 Graphic Arts I
  • ART 224 Digital Painting and Illustration
  • ART 252 Graphic Arts II

These credits are stackable to a degree or certificate:

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Participants in the Adobe InDesign Basics microcredentials will gain specialized knowledge and experience for the Adobe InDesign ACA exam. Those who complete the three courses will be able to create engaging designs for print or digital pages. Their skills will allow them to begin a career in Media Arts or further promote their current employer.

The following Arts, Media & Culture courses provide an introduction to design and layout on industry-standard software used to create print and digital publications:

  • ART 222 Graphic Arts I
  • ART 223 Introduction to Typography
  • ART 253 Digital Pre-Press

These credits are stackable to a degree or certificate:

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Participants in the Adobe Photoshop Basics microcredentials will gain specialized knowledge and experience for the Adobe Photoshop ACA exam. Those who complete the three courses will be able to successfully edit images for print or digital publication. Their skills will allow them to begin a career in Media Arts or further promote their current employer.

The following Arts, Media & Culture courses provide an introduction to design and layout on industry-standard photo-editing software:

  • ART 104 Introductory Photography
  • ART 105 Studio Photography
  • ART 222 Graphic Arts I

These credits are stackable to a degree or certificate:

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Master the Spanish language and be able to communicate at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Intermediate Level. This microcredential consists of nine credits, with a focus on linguistic and intercultural instruction.

Six credits must be earned from the following courses:

  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I
  • SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II
  • SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I

or 

  • SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II

AND 

  • SPA 206 Conversational Spanish II 

 

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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Upon completion of each course, participants will earn a New York state Coaching Certificate. One certificate allows the individual to be hired as a coach; it is expected that all three certificates will be earned within a five-year period. These certificates are mandated for those coaching in a public school system if they do not hold a four-year physical education degree.

The following courses build the foundation for coaching within New York state:

  • PED 210 The Philosophy, Principles and Organization of Athletics in Education
  • PED 211 Health Sciences Applied to Coaching
  • PED 212 Theory and Techniques of Coaching

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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Successful participants will have the opportunity to obtain Professional Climbing Instructors Association: Climbing Wall Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor certifications, which allows for entry-level employment as a rock climbing guide, professional route setter or climbing gym management. This microcredential also provides supplemental knowledge for those with careers in other industries, including forestry, telecommunications and adventure programming, among others.

The following courses are required:

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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Successful participants will have the opportunity to obtain Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Level 1 certification, which allows for entry-level employment as a ski instructor. Classes are held at Gore Mountain.

The required courses are:

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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This microcredential provides successful students the opportunity to earn Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Level 1 certification and either American Red Cross certification or Wilderness First Responder, CPR, AED, EPI pen and Narcan certification. The certification provides individuals with the skills they need for entry-level employment as a ski instructor and develops skills integral to other career paths. Some classes are held at Gore Mountain.

Required courses are:

and

or

  • HED 108 Wilderness First Responder

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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Successful participants will have the opportunity to obtain American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) Level I certification, which allows for entry-level employment as a snowboard instructor. Classes are held at Gore Mountain.

The required courses are:

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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This microcredential provides successful students the opportunity to earn American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) Level I certification and either American Red Cross certification or Wilderness First Responder, CPR, AED, EPI pen and Narcan certification. The certification provides individuals with the skills they need for entry-level employment as a snowboard instructor and develops skills integral to other career paths. Some classes are held at Gore Mountain.

Required courses are:

and

or

  • HED 108 Wilderness First Responder

These credits are stackable to a degree:

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Why microcredentials?

  • Microcredentials take less time to earn than a degree. With nine or fewer credits, microcredentials require less than a degree or advanced certificate and can be earned in as little as two semesters.
  • You choose what you need and want. Microcredentials grant you the ability to master a skill you want, without the longer-term commitment of a degree program.
  • Microcredentials are flexible. Use them as a less expansive concentration with your degree program, to build on your career, to explore an area of interest outside your field of study or, for those who aren't students, career.