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The Certificate in Communication & Computer Skills is designed to provide a foundation in the study of various communication skills including written, interpersonal, and digital. The program is designed for students who plan to complete the certificate as well as students who want to pursue an associate's degree with or without intending to transfer

 

This certificate supports the 2015 Minnesota legislation Educational Attainment Goal 2025:

Working to increase the percent of Minnesotans age 25 to 44 who have attained a postsecondary certificate or degree to 70 percent by 2025.

https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=2187


 

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2018 - 2019

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL 120001 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing I andView-ENGL 120101 4
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal Communication andView-COMM 111001,07 3
    Course Subject: CIS         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Business Computer Systems I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course develops computer and digital literacy and emphasizes its importance in today's businesses and society. Through hands-on experience students will gain an understanding of computer concepts, capabilities and applications and be able to implement this knowledge in their professional and personal lives. Computer applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation graphics, databases, windows/operating system, e-mail use and management, folder and file organization and use of the Internet. Computer concepts covered include understanding computers and mobile devices, how a computer works, managing files, computer and mobile device hardware components, digital safety and security, application programs, input and output devices, digital storage options, ethical practices and Internet basics. Hands-on experience will be provided on computers in the Windows environment using the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of the keyboard is recommended for this course. Check with your instructor for the software edition that will be used.
    Business Computer Systems IView-CIS 1101n/a3
     
                                   Total Credits Required10

  • Program Outcomes

    • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation. (NHCC ELO Intellectual and Practical Skills; NHCC ELO Integrative and Applied Learning; MnTC G1, comp. a; MnTC G2, comp. a)
    • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding. (NHCC ELO Intellectual and Practical Skills; NHCC ELO Integrative and Applied Learning; MnTC G1, comp. b)
    • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences. (NHCC ELO Intellectual and Practical Skills; (NHCC ELO Integrative and Applied Learning; MnTC G1, comp. d; MnTC G2, comp. a)
    • Analyze the role of verbal and nonverbal communication in various interpersonal interactions and diverse contexts. MnTC 1, b, d, f, g, MnTC 7, b, c, ELO 1, 2, & 3.
    • Demonstrate effective written, verbal and nonverbal communication skills in business situations (ELO 1, 2, 3)
    • Develop management and business principles, advanced technical and communication skills along with critical, independent and creative problem solving skills. (NHCC ELOs 1 & 2)
    • Demonstrate the process of planning and creating business presentations. (NHCC ELOs 1, 2, 4)


  • Career Opportunities

    ​​Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

    ​If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information.

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

     

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.


  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    1-800-621-7440