Microcredentials

Microcredentials

A new way of learning at ACC

  • Fast, bite-sized learning, each taking 5 weeks or less *
  • Non-credit, but groups of microcredentials could convert to credit
  • Free to current ACC students, faculty, and staff
  • Competency-based, allowing you to move as fast as you can master the content
  • Support of a digital navigator who provides encouragement and feedback
  • Portable digital badges that can be shared on LinkedIn and with employers

* Microcredentials take an average of 20 – 27 hours to complete the instructional articles and videos, plus you’ll need additional time to do assignments and quizzes. 

Microcredentials Registration Open for Summer and Fall 2024

Explore the Microcredentials by Microcertificate

Fundamentals of Computer Skills for Job Readiness Microcertificate

Five microcredentials covering topics such as how computers and the Internet work, and office productivity apps. View Program Map.

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Word Processing

Today, it is essential to know how to use word processing software for work, school, and personal use. Whether you need to write essays, reports, or journals,

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Spreadsheets

Analyze and share important data to build a budget, follow trends, or complete complicated calculations whether for business or personal use. Spreadsheet programs helps users store and sort data that

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Presentation Software

Communicate ideas to your audience in a visual, organized, compelling manner, using presentation software. Presentation software helps users structure proposals, data, and findings, add attention-getting animation and

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Data Management

When you have a lot of data, you need a way to manage it. While you may use Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet software to analyze your data, management tools

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Web Presence Fundamentals Microcertificate

Four microcredentials covering topics such as how to build and customize a website, how to optimize images for web, and how to analyze web performance. View Program Map.

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Web Builder

Build a website using WordPress. Need a website for school, personal use, or your business? Curious about why so many people around the world use

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Photoshop for Web

Create visually cohesive and optimized images for use on a website or in a presentation. Images are so important when communicating a feeling, idea or

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

HTML/CSS

Customize your website with basic HTML and CSS. Use basic code to create a website that supports your unique brand. Crop, edit, and optimize images

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Web Analytics

Analyze how your website is performing. You spent time building your brand, creating your web pages, and ensuring accessibility. Now you need to know if

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Interactive Presentations for Effective Communication Microcertificate

Four microcredentials covering topics such as multimedia presentations, videos and assets for web and social media, and data visualization. View Program Map.

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Advanced PowerPoint

Take your presentations to the next level. Utilize advanced Powerpoint techniques to keep your audience engaged and your content memorable. Use animations, transitions, charts, graphics,

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Interactive Media

Using interactive media in your digital content is a powerful way to engage your online audience and convert them from passive consumers to active participants.

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Social Media

Social Media is a powerful tool for reaching an audience, but to accomplish your personal or business goals, you’ll need to build a strategy, choose

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Data Analytics

Today we can easily gather data for everything from sales, to website visits, to social media engagement, but what do we do with all

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Problem Solving with Systems Thinking & Technology Microcertificate

Three microcredentials covering topics such as systems thinking methods, problem solving strategies, and project management. View Program Map.

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Systems Thinking

Solving a complex problem requires a wide view. Instead of focusing on a single aspect of a problem, system thinking is investigating all factors that

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Problem Solving with A.I.

Harness the power of AI to streamline tasks, unlock insights, and develop innovative solutions. This microcredential will delve into essential AI concepts, machine learning intricacies,

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Digital Fluency & Innovation

Project Management

Project management isn’t just about assigning tasks to others. Project management involves planning, organization, identifying resources, and monitoring progress and quality. Project managers also create

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Microcredentials will be offered two ways:

Professor-driven

Professors use a specific microcredential to complement their credit course curriculum

Student-driven

Microcredentials will be available for free to current ACC students and employees to take independently

You Can Earn Microcertificates

Take groups of microcredentials to earn one of the four following microcertificates. You will be awarded a portable digital microcertificate that can be shared on LinkedIn and with employers. These microcertificates may also convert to credit.

Fundamentals of Computer Skills
for Job Readiness

To earn this microcertificate, complete these 5 microcredentials:

Digital portable badge for Austin Community College District's Digital Fluency and Innovation Fundamentals of Computer Skills for Job Readiness Microcertificate
  1. Intro to Computers & Internet Search
  2. Word Processing
  3. Spreadsheets
  4. Presentation Slides
  5. Data Management

This microcertificate equates to ITSC-1309 (Integrated Software Applications) 

Web Presence
Fundamentals

To earn this microcertificate, complete these 4 microcredentials:

Digital portable badge for Austin Community College District's Digital Fluency and Innovation Web Presence Fundamentals Microcertificate
  1. Web Builder
  2. Photoshop for Web
  3. HTML/CSS
  4. Web Analytics

This microcertificate equates to ITNW-1337 (Intro to the Internet: Web Development)

Interactive Presentations for
Effective Communication

To earn this microcertificate, complete these 4 microcredentials:

  1. Advanced PowerPoint
  2. Interactive Media
  3. Social Media
  4. Data Analytics

This microcertificate will equate to ITSW-1410 (Intro to Presentation Graphics Software) 

Problem Solving with
Systems Thinking & Technology

To earn this microcertificate, complete these 3 microcredentials:

  1. Systems Thinking
  2. Problem Solving with A.I.
  3. Project Management
  4.  

This microcertificate will equate to ITSC-2335 (Application Problem Solving Software) 

Microcredentials are fast, free, flexible, and supportive

Fast

Unlike a traditional college course, the microcredentials are bite-sized, taking 5 weeks or less to complete

Free

Enrollment is free to current ACC students (some microcredentials may require an additional purchase*)

Supportive

A dedicated Digital Navigator will grade your work, provide helpful feedback, and answer questions

Flexible

Learn on your own schedule with these microcredentials, and go as fast as you are able master the content

* Check the Quick Facts section on individual microcredential pages for details

Launch Dates for the 16 QEP Microcredentials

Fall 2022

Web Builder

2022

1st Microcredential!

ACC's first microcredential, Web Builder, was developed, piloted, and launched in 2022. Whew!

Summer 2023

Intro to Computers & Internet Search

Word Processing

Spreadsheets

Presentation Software

Data Management

2023

Fall 2023

Photoshop

HTML/CSS

Web Analytics

Spring 2024

Data Analytics

Problem Solving with AI

2024

Fall 2024

Advanced PowerPoint

Interactive Media

Spring 2025

Social Media

Systems Thinking

Project Management

2025

Did you know?

The World Economic Forum predicts 90% of jobs will require digital skills by 2030. ACC recognizes the need to promote equitable academic and career outcomes though digital fluency and professional competencies required by the 21st century workplace.

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Fall Microcredential Session #1: 

  • September 9 – October 14

Fall Microcredential Session #2: 

  • October 21 – November 25