College Offers ‘Micro-Credentials’ In Skill Classes

POTTSTOWN PA – Seniors and juniors at high schools serving the Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, and Perkiomen Valley school districts will have an opportunity from Montgomery County Community College to earn what are being called “micro-credentials” in skills considered valuable for future jobs, the college said Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2018).

It intends to offer several different courses, in a “college-level educational experience” one day a week over a period of six weeks, that allows students to learn, develop proficiency in, and demonstrate specific skills and knowledge. The micro-credential awarded by the college “will start students on the path to a career in their chosen fields,” the college added.

Courses offered include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, fundamentals of nurse’s aide training, massage therapy fundamentals, culinary fundamentals, cyber security, OSHA, and basic work skills. Classes will be offered on Oct. 25 and Nov. 15 (2018), and Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, and April 25 (2019) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the college’s at West Campus on College Drive.

Students’ high schools must sponsor them to participate in the program, and provide transportation. Lunch will be provided by the college. Those interested should talk with staff members in guidance offices at their individual schools. Additional information is available here, or by sending an e-mail to Jim Fox at cfox@mc3.edu.

The program is offered through MCCC’s Workforce Development Division.

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