WHAT ARE MICRO-CREDENTIALS?

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. Earners of micro-credentials receive a digital badge to showcase their accomplishments.

WHAT IS A DIGITAL BADGE?

HOW CAN A DIGITAL BADGE ADVANCE YOUR CAREER?

WHY EARN A MICRO-CREDENTIAL?

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.
Accounting & Tax Skills

ACCOUNTING & TAX SKILLS

Earners of this designation have demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Peachtree and tax software. Earners are able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, set up a company’s accounting records and perform accounting functions in both QuickBooks and Peachtree. Earners have knowledge of current Federal tax laws and federal and state forms and filings requirements for small businesses. Contact Dawn Matijas-Czolowski at matijas@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Accounting
  • Peachtree
  • QuickBooks
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Tax Forms

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 090: Small Business Accounting/li>
  • BUS 221: Accounting Applications/li>
  • BUS 222: Federal Income Tax/li>
  • BUS 225: Microcomputer Application Software
Accounting Fraud Recognition

ACCOUNTING FRAUD RECOGNITION

Earners of this badge will demonstrate a basic knowledge of Accounting Principles and Fraud Recognition. Earners will be able to prepare Financial Statements and analyze them to detect fraud. Recommended course but not required is CJ 111 – Intro to Justice Systems. Contact Dawn Matijas-Czolowski at matijas@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Accounting
  • Analysing Financial Statements
  • Fraud Detection

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 101: Principles of Accounting I
  • BUS 102: Principles of Accounting II
  • BUS 217: Fraud Examination
  • CJ 111: Intro to Justice Systems
Business Applications

BUSINESS APPLICATIONS

Successfully demonstrated proficiency in a variety of business application software and has achieved the skills necessary for an office environment. Contact Professor Liz McCormick for more information at mccormick@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Advanced Database
  • Business Presentation
  • Excel Spreadsheet
  • Project Management
  • Word Processing

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 225: Microcomputer Application Software
  • BUS 226: Advanced Micro Application Software
  • CS 219: Database Management Systems
  • BUS 260: Introduction to Project Management
Career Connections

CAREER CONNECTIONS

Students who achieve this credential have developed strategies for protecting their online employment reputation and built networking connections through Linkedin and other career networking sites. They have developed valuable communication skills necessary when interviewing with potential employers. Contact Sheila Myers at sheila.myers@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Behavior-based Interviewing
  • Building Connections
  • Communication
  • Digital Reputation Management

EARNING CRITERIA

Participate in the activities assigned for the badge including, managing an online reputation, developing a Linkedin profile, and participating in a mock interview. All activities are assessed by a staff person from the Center for Career and Applied Learning.

Career Goals

CAREER GOALS

Students that complete this credential have taken a career assessment to identify career specific and general employment skills as well as career and employment goals. They have knowledge of employment advice from real-world employers. Contact Meg Osborne at osbornem@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Active Listening Skills
  • Assessing Skills
  • Career Assessment
  • Setting Goals And Objectives

EARNING CRITERIA

Students participate in a skills assessment assignment including Jung Typology or MyNextMove.Org. They have identified five skills that are transferable to a career, and listened to actual employers talk about what skills they are seeking when they recruit.

Career Professionalism

CAREER PROFESSIONALISM

Students who achieve this credential have crafted an effective resume and cover letter. They've identified the steps of an effective job search and learned the stages of the interview process. Contact Meg Osborne at osbornem@cayuga-cc.edu

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Behavioral Interview Questions
  • How To Search For A Job
  • Resume Writing

EARNING CRITERIA

Students are assessed on completion of assigned tasks including job searches, resume development, and answering basic interview questions.

Destination Marketing

DESTINATION MARKETING

Earners of the “Destination Marketing” badge demonstrate that they can effectively market a destination through traditional and contemporary marketing approaches. Students successfully market a destination utilizing publicity, advertising, and social media marketing tools. For more information, contact Professor Amy Valente at amy.valente@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Digital Marketing
  • Hospitality
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Tourism

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 255: Tourist Destinations
  • BUS 254: Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • BUS 232: Introduction to Social Media Marketing
Events Planning

EVENTS PLANNING

Earners of the “Events Planning” badge have the basic knowledge to start a business as an event planner. Students demonstrate that they can effectively plan events such as corporate events, conferences, workshops, celebrations and conventions through traditional and contemporary marketing approaches. Additionally, students have an understanding of the steps involved in starting their own event planning business. For more information, contact Professor Amy Valente at amy.valente@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Business
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planning

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 248: Event Planning
  • ENTR 200: The Entrepreneurial Process
  • BUS 216: Personal Selling
Honors Critical Thinking

HONORS CRITICAL THINKING

Students who earn the Honors Critical Thinking credential are accepted into the Honors study due to their level of academic commitment. They exemplify leadership qualities through their academic coursework and critical thinking skills and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. Contact: Professor Robert Humphrey, Fulton Campus, at robert.humphrey@cayuga-cc.edu or Professor Sheila Myers, Auburn Campus, at sheila.myers@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Academic Leadership
  • Analytical Skills / Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Public Speaking
  • Honors Study
  • Scholarship

EARNING CRITERIA

  • HON 101: Critical Thinking Seminar
  • HON 202: Capstone Experience
  • Participation in the SUNY Applied Research Conference and other capstone experience as determined by Honors Advisor.
Honors Leadership

HONORS LEADERSHIP

Students who earn the Honors Leadership credential are accepted into the Honors study due to their level of academic commitment. They exemplify leadership qualities through their academic coursework and leadership role at the college and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. Contact: Professor Robert Humphrey, Fulton Campus, at robert.humphrey@cayuga-cc.edu or Professor Sheila Myers, Auburn Campus, at sheila.myers@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Academic Leadership
  • Analytical Skills / Critical Thinking
  • Communication & Public Speaking
  • Honors Study
  • Scholarship
  • Tutoring

EARNING CRITERIA

  • HON 101: Critical Thinking Seminar
  • HON 202: Capstone Experience
  • Two honors study electives or one elective and role as student club officer, community service, or peer tutor as determined by Honors Advisor
IT Support

IT SUPPORT

Demonstrated ability to provide client support, troubleshooting and desktop support skills. Proficiency in computer hardware, client and desktop support, and office applications. Contact Professor Barry Fitzgerald for more information: fitzgerald@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Client Support
  • Communication
  • Computer Hardware Configuration
  • Computer Hardware Troubleshooting
  • MS Office Integration

EARNING CRITERIA

  • CS 080: Microcomputer Maintenance
  • CS 082: Help Desk
  • CS 120: Foundations in Computer Science
  • BUS 225: Microcomputer Application Software
  • CS 225: Introduction to Networks
Literary Journal Publisher

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.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

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

EARNING CRITERIA

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.

Marketing

MARKETING EVENTS

Earners of the “Marketing Events” badge demonstrate that they can effectively plan and market events such as corporate events, conferences, workshops, celebrations and conventions through traditional and contemporary marketing approaches. Students successfully plan and market an authentic event utilizing publicity, advertising, and social media marketing tools. For more information, contact Professor Amy Valente at amy.valente@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Event Planning
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure And Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 248: Event Planning
  • BUS 254: Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
  • BUS 232: Introduction to Social Media Marketing
Networking

NETWORKING

The earner of this badge has a fundamental understanding of network design, support, administration, and troubleshooting. Contact Professor Barry Fitzgerald for more information: fitzgerald@cayuga-cc.edu.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Analytical Skills / Critical Thinking
  • Basic Understanding Of Computer Networks
  • Computer Hardware Troubleshooting
  • Computer System Maintenance

EARNING CRITERIA

  • CS 120: Foundations in Computer Science
  • CS 225: Introduction to Networks
  • CS 215: Systems Analysis and Design
  • CS 227: Microsoft Window Server Administration
  • CS 237: Internet Security
Non-Profit Accounting

NON-PROFIT ACCOUNTING

Earners of this designation have demonstrated the basic level of accounting and financial statement preparation for a profit and non-profit business. Earners are able to prepare and analyze financial statements for both a profit and non-profit business. Contact Dawn Matijas-Czolowski at matijas@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Accounting
  • Accounting And Financial Management
  • Basic Nonprofit Budgeting

EARNING CRITERIA

  • BUS 101:Principles of Accounting I
  • BUS 102: Principles of Accounting II
  • BUS 246: Non-Profit Accounting
Persistence

PERSISTENCE

Spring 2020 presented unprecedented challenges for students’ learning and continued education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wherein students adapted to circumstances that demanded fortitude and initiative both in their studies and public lives. Given the uncharted challenges in response to COVID-19, this “Persistence” badge demonstrates maintained dedication to academics. Awarded Spring 2020 only. Contact sheila.myers@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Adaptability
  • Initiative
  • Work Ethic & Accountability

EARNING CRITERIA

Students who earned this badge were able to achieve passing grades in the spring 2020 semester despite overwhelming challenges and obstacles due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Teaching Assistant Level II

TEACHING ASSISTANT LEVEL II

Earners of this badge have achieved Level II Competency for teaching assistant at the K-12 level. They have demonstrated an understanding of educational theories and styles of learning and the American educational system and can employ effective communication strategies in the classroom. Contact Professor Eric Zizza at zizza@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Adopting Appropriate Communication Style For The Situation
  • Educational Standards
  • K-12 Education

EARNING CRITERIA

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • ENGL/COMM 130: Human Communication (3 credits)
  • EDU 202: Foundations of American Education (3 credits)

STANDARDS

Teaching Assistant Level III

TEACHING ASSISTANT LEVEL III

Earners of this badge have achieved Level II Competency for teaching assistant at the K-12 level. They have demonstrated an understanding of educational theories and styles of learning and the American educational system and can employ effective communication strategies in the classroom. Contact Professor Eric Zizza at zizza@cayuga-cc.edu for more information.

DEMONSTRATED SKILLS

  • Adapting Communication
  • K-12 Education
  • Teaching Assistant

EARNING CRITERIA

  • PSY 215: Child Psychology (3 credits) or PSY 216: Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 217: Introduction to Children with Exceptionalities (3)
  • SOC 110: Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)

STANDARDS