Middle Skills Academy

RCC’s Middle Skills Academy Quickens Path to Career Success

By December 13, 2018 No Comments

Programs offered in IT support, CAD drafting/3D modeling, auto undercar, social media marketing

If you are thinking of a career in IT support, auto undercar, social media entrepreneurship or a profession utilizing CAD drafting and 3D modeling, Rockland Community College’s Middle Skills Academy can lay the groundwork for a swift entry into the workforce in those fields.

The Middle Skills Academy was created to give students the chance to earn a certificate that will help them obtain employment quickly. The programs are designed to teach specific skills in a concentrated time frame so students can start a new career, earning a good salary, in less than one year. The programs also include courses that may be transferable as college credit in the future.

“At Rockland Community College, we recognize that there is a high demand to fill ‘middle-skills’ jobs, which require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree,” said Dr. Penny Jennings, executive director of Strategic Initiatives at RCC. “To this end, we are focused on offering programs that fit the needs of employers and workers. We expect great success for students enrolling in our January 2019 inaugural classes.”

Auto Undercar Specialist

Learn the skills needed to succeed in the field of vehicle undercar technology in just two weeks. Students can earn Snap-On certifications in wheel-balancing basics, hand tool safety, electrical safety and EHP System 5.

Program Curriculum:

  • Intro to Automotive Technology
  • Auto Steering/Suspension
  • Automotive Brakes

Four Snap-on certifications are included.

Day Program
January 2 – January 18, 2019
8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
RCC Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center
37 Ramland Road
Orangeburg, N.Y. 10962
Cost: $3,999

CAD Drafter & 3D Modeler Program

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

Program Curriculum:

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

Day Program (8 weeks)
January 14 – March 14, 2019
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Evening Program (15 weeks)
January 15 – April 30, 2019
Tuesday through Thursday
5:45 – 10 p.m.

Both programs are held at RCC’s Haverstraw Center, 37 West Broad Street, Haverstraw, N.Y. 10927.

Cost: $3,999

IT Support Professional

Learn to repair, build and troubleshoot computers and computer networks. No previous experience or education is required.  Students can earn CompTIA certifications in A+ and Network+ as well as the Google IT Support certificate.

Program Curriculum:

  • Technical Support Fundamentals
  • The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
  • Operating Systems & You: Becoming a Power User
  • System Administration & IT Infrastructure Services
  • IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts

Day Program (8 weeks)
January 14 – March 14, 2019
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Haverstraw Center

Evening Program (15 weeks)
January 15 – April 30, 2019
Tuesday through Thursday, 5:45 – 10 p.m.
RCC Main Campus
145 College Road, Suffern, N.Y. 10901
Cost: $3,999

Social Media Branding & Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Learn the ins and outs of using social media marketing and branding for your business in a few short months. The program is conducted online so students can access the coursework at any time.

Program Curriculum:

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

Online Program
January 28 – May 15, 2019
Cost: $3,999

Funding assistance for any of the programs may be available to students who qualify.

Space is limited in each program; prompt application is strongly advised. For more information on the Middle Skills Academy, contact Dr. Penny Jennings, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, at 845-574-4518 or msa@sunyrockland.edu or visit www.rccawaits.com/msa.