Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs

Today’s job market is competitive and almost every job requires digital skills. The Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs certificate is a series of four courses designed to teach foundational digital skills common to many different careers. The goal of this program is to move students beyond simple knowledge of basic software tools into digital fluency*. If you’re ready to start a new career or advance in your current career but you lack the digital skills to get you there, start here.

* Digital Fluency: the ability to use one’s knowledge of modern digital tools to communicate, gather, analyze, and manipulate data to address a problem or convey an idea to diverse audiences in meaningful and ethical ways. The digitally fluent also embrace curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, and lifelong learning.

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The Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs (DFTJ) program offers an opportunity for financial assistance up to $2,500 through the TRUE grant (Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education).

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Are you an ACC student majoring in
App Dev: Coding & Design or Computer User Support

The Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs (DFTJ) program offers four courses that stack into your major, with an opportunity for financial assistance up to $2,500 through the TRUE grant (Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education).

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Four-Course Occupational Skills Award

This Occupational Skills Award (OSA) is designed to teach digital fluency. Some of the topics covered in each course are listed below.

Course Award for successful course completion of DFTJ "Computer Skills for Job Readiness" course

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  • Basic computer skills
  • Internet research
  • Word processing (MS Word)
  • Spreadsheet (MS Excel)
  • Presentation (MS PowerPoint)
  • Database mgmt. (MS Access)
  • Google & Apple iWork Suite basics
Course Award for successful course completion of DFTJ "Internet and Web Page Development" course

ITNW-1337 Intro to the Internet: Web Development

  • Internet concepts, web page design, web documents, and website development
  • HTML/CSS, hyperlinks, tables, frames,
    and forms
  • Builders including WordPress
  • Adding images, graphics, and videos
  • Image editing for the web using Photoshop
  • Web ethics, security, and design best practices
  • Website Analytics
Course Award for successful course completion of DFTJ "Presentation Graphics Software" course

ITSW-1410 Intro to Presentation Graphics Software

  • Create multimedia presentations
    using graphics, text, sound, animation, and video
  • Composition and style best practices
  • Presentation distribution on computers or other media
  • Prerequisites: Knowledge of software file management and keyboarding skills
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ITSC-2335 Application Problem Solving

Capstone – Putting It All Together. Two tracks:

Workforce Track

  • Apply digital skills in the workplace
  • Improve workplace presence
  • Gather and analyze data
  • Create a website/landing page
  • Create social media presence for workplace
  • Present solution to employers

Entrepreneurial track

  • Apply digital skills to a business opportunity
  • Write a business plan
  • Create a budget
  • Identify a target audience
  • Develop marketing plan
  • Present to investors

DFTJ courses are designed to stack into certificates and degrees

Take the four courses in Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs to earn an Occupational Skills Award. Continue on to earn certificates and degrees in either Applications Development or Computer User Support.

Applications Development Track

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Occuptional Skills Award

Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs

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Level 1 Certificate

Applications Development – Coding & Design
or
Applications Development – Apple Swift

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Level 2 Certificate

Applications Development – Coding & Design

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AAS Degree

Applications Development – Coding & Design

Computer User Support Track

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Occuptional Skills Award

Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs

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Level 1 Certificate

Computer User Support

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AAS Degree

Information Technology – Applications Specialization
or
User & Computer Support Specialization

The DFTJ courses in more detail

Whether working for a company or forming your own business, these four courses teach essential skills needed to fluently navigate office productivity software and the internet, create web documents and web sites, and produce effective multimedia slide presentations.

First Course

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Computer Skills for Job Readiness

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  • Competency-based program
  • Start out in the ACCelerator (state-of-the-art learning emporium)
  • Progress through the course at your own pace
  • Periodic self-checks throughout
  • Earn micro-badges
  • Online and in-person facilitators & tutors

Learning Outcomes:

    • Basic functions of a computer: including navigating, managing files, and operating systems.
    • Internet research: conduct research ethically and efficiently.
    • Word processing: perform basic to advanced tasks in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Apple iWork Pages, such as adding tables, inserting watermarks and performing mail merges.
    • Spreadsheets: master basic to advanced tasks in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and Apple iWork Numbers including formulas, pivot tables, and macros.
    • Slide presentations: learn basic to advanced slide presentation techniques in Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Apple iWork Keynote such as transition effects, embedding videos, and adding charts.
    • Database management systems: execute basic to advanced tasks in Microsoft Access including creating database tables and indexes, queries, and analyzing data.
    • Integrate elements and create a final presentation: demonstrate knowledge of internet research, word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, and database management systems.

At a Glance:

Learn at your pace

All online or hybrid

Beginner level

Dedicated facilitator

Cost: Many options

“My favorite part is how the course is organized, videos, and small tests after every topic.”

Elena, course pilot student

Earn these micro-badges:

Introduction

MS Word

MS Excel

MS PowerPoint

MS Access

Second Course

Internet & Web Page Development

ITNW-1337 Introduction to the Internet: Web Development

  • Competency-based program
  • Start out in the ACCelerator (state-of-the-art learning emporium)
  • Progress through the course at your own pace
  • Periodic self-checks throughout
  • Earn micro-badges
  • Online and in-person facilitators & tutors
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At a Glance:

Learn at your pace

All online or hybrid

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Builds on first course

Dedicated facilitator

Cost: Many options

“As I advanced in the class I realized I needed the motivation of the micro badges.”

Victor, course pilot student

Learning Outcomes:

  • Set up a website: URL, hosting, website security, and more, using a builder like WordPress
  • Learn the “Whys” of what makes a great web page/site: target audience, site architecture, hierarchy, brand, and layout, message thread
  • Add Images, graphics, and videos: Photoshop essentials for web page design, image optimization, cropping, file export types, and file sizes, SEO, and accessibility
  • HTML/CSS: customize webpages using HTML and CSS
  • Website Analytics: web design best practices to increase SEO, set up Google Analytics
  • Website Security: create a secure contact form

Third Course

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Intro to Presentation Graphics Software

ITSW-1410 Intro to Presentation Graphics Software

  • Competency-based program
  • Start out in the ACCelerator (state-of-the-art learning emporium)
  • Progress through the course at your own pace
  • Periodic self-checks throughout
  • Earn micro-badges
  • Online and in-person facilitators & tutors

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify presentation media terminology and concepts
  • Use effective compositions and style: Why are you making the presentation? Who is the target audience? What topics do you need to cover? How are you going to organize your presentation? (Introduction, content, conclusion – tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them). Use consistent slide layouts (such as title, section, bullet, etc.,) for greater impact. Use style best practices (proximity, less is more, spaces between grouped content, consistency). Brand (consistent use of fonts, graphics, colors, and layout)
  • Create presentations using text, visual and/or sound elements: Create visual interest to break up static text. Enhance and support the messaging with appropriate, on-brand imagery. Animate to emphasize key points, transitions between topics, and retain audience attention
  • Prepare presentations for distribution on computers or other media: Where will your presentation live? (Youtube, website, email, etc.?) Along the way, learn how to make professional, effective, engaging presentations
  • Modify sequence and slide master

At a Glance:

Learn at your pace

All online or hybrid

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Builds on previous courses

Dedicated facilitator

Cost:  Many options

“Presentations are a great way to communicate to groups and ensure your audience understands the message you are conveying.

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Fourth Course

Digital Fluency for Today’s Jobs Capstone

ITSC-2335 Application Problem Solving

  • Competency-based program, progress at your own pace
  • Two tracks: Entrepreneurial and Workforce
  • Apply digital fluency to solve a real-world problem
  • Earn your OSA (Occupational Skills Award) upon completion
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At a Glance:

Learn at your pace

All online and hybrid

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Final course of program

Dedicated facilitator

Cost: Many options

I really highly recommend it.”

Beula, course pilot student

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Research & design a solution for a business problem:

Research/gather data

Written proposal

Data visualization using charts and graphs

Presentation as a marketing proposal for the workforce track or a pitch-deck for the entrepreneurial track

Website

Social Media

  • Apply individual digital fluency skills while working as part of a team in the workforce track, or individually in the entrepreneurial track
  • Document and present the project