At the most basic level, micro-credentials verify, validate, and attest that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved. They differ from traditional degrees and certificates in that they are generally offered in shorter or more flexible timespans and tend to be more narrowly focused. Micro-credentials can be offered online, in the classroom, or via a hybrid of both.


Micro-Credentials are stand-alone credentials intended for non-matriculated students seeking skills, certifications, or competencies. Matriculated students may seek a micro-credential award through the use of elective courses. A digital badge represents competencies and various learning achievements. Badges may be displayed on online platforms and can be listed on a student’s resume. Below is the list of micro-credentials Cayuga Community College currently offers.

A Cayuga micro-credential is:

  • Competency-based, reflecting skills and competencies mastered;
  • Endorsed by the issuing institution as a whole;
  • Developed through local faculty governance processes; and
  • Meaningful and of high quality, with learning standards, assessments, and clear documentation of skills mastered that have meaning beyond one classroom, one program or the institution. Students can use a SUNY micro-credential to share their expertise to prospective employers, those hiring for internship opportunities, and to other academic institutions.
Co-Curricular Leadership


For students who are active leaders in co-curricular activities such as student government, club officers, team sports and service to the community. As a result of their efforts they have developed competencies in the following skills: leadership, community service, teamwork, work ethic.


  • Communication
  • Community Service
  • Leadership And Teamwork
  • Professionalism


Participate in a student club or athletic sport for two semesters where one plays an active leadership role such as officer, team manager, captain or co-captain, and participant in service to the community. Complete at least five community service hours. Contact Professor Sheila Myers at sheila.myers@cayuga-cc.edu.

Literary Journal Publisher


Students experience the publishing process from an editor’s perspective. They edit in teams under strict deadlines, and publish a literary journal effectively. They practice arrangement, proofreading, and layout, and so receive the endorsement of Cayuga Community College’s writing faculty.


  • Collaboration And Teamwork
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Leadership
  • Written Communication


One course from the following Creative and Professional Writing electives (ENG 120 Being Writers, ENG 211 Creative Writing, ENG 270 Tech Writing, or ENG 238-239 Special Topics.

Recommendation by a writing faculty member for work completed on Cayuga’s creative arts journal: Listen. Contact Professor Richard Brower at bowerr@cayuga-cc.edu or Professor Mark Montgomery at montgomery@cayuga-cc.edu.