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2023 Fall Tuition-Free Certificates & Classes

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Here are the Tuition-Free certificates and classes Riverside City College will offer this ​Fall! 

​Look below for details on Noncredit Certificates: 

Accounting​​ Basics for Small Business
Business Skills Microsoft Office Specialist
Emerging Leaders
English as a Second Language
Graphic Design and Promotional Printing Entrepreneur
Intro to Python Programming
Social Media for Business


Accounting Basics for Small Business Noncredit Certificate

The Accounting Basics for Small Business Certificate provides students with an understanding of basic accounting, including QuickBooks procedures. The skills and knowledge covered in this program will enable students to get a job in the field or advance in their current career. This certificate also serves as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs.

Required Courses to earn certificate:ACC-801, ACC-802, ACC-803
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Year-​End Procedures with QuickBooks (Two Sections)
ACC-803 - Section #48654 & 48655
Nov 11 - Dec 9, 2023

Develop and apply year end procedures used in accounting for small business using QuickBooks. Prepare closing journal entries for year end. Prepare reports for tax accountants. Purge files and prepare for the new year. 16 hours lecture. (Pass/No Pass only.)​

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Business Skills Microsoft Office Specialist Noncredit Certificate

The Business Skills non-credit Certificate of Completion will provide students short-term basic, business skills needed in multiple fields with the goal of increasing employability. The content provides an overview professional self-management and online skills used in business. Topics covered includes Professional Communication Basics, Professional Online Presence, Customer Experience, and Professional Self-management.

Required Courses to earn certificate: CAT-841, CAT-842, CAT-843, CAT-844, OR CAT-845
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

 

Microsoft Office Powerpoint Core Exam ​Preparation
CAT-843 -​ Section #48767 (Online)
Sep 18 - Dec 16, 2023

Certification exam preparation structured to meet the guidelines established by Microsoft for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) PowerPoint Core exam. Software and training tools will be utilized to provide computer-based preparation and practice for the MOS PowerPoint Core exam. The course provides students, educators, and business information workers training and practice to apply skills to professional-grade sales presentations, employee training, instructional materials, and kiosk slideshows. A single, free Microsoft Office PowerPoint Core Exam will be administered at the end of the course. Course repeatability is unlimited, however there isa limit to one free exam per student regardless of number of times the course is repeated. Unlimited repeatability. 4.5 hours lecture and 4.5 hours laboratory. (Pass/No Pass only.)


Microsoft Office Access Core Exam Preparation
CAT-844 - Section #48768 (Online)
Sep 18 - Dec 16, 2023

Certification exam preparation structured to meet the guidelines established by Microsoft for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Access Core exam. Software and training tools will be utilized to provide computer-based preparation and practice for the MOS Access Core exam. The course provides students, educators, and business information workers training and practice to apply skills to create and maintain basic Access database objects including tables, relationships, data entry forms, multi-level reports, and multi-table queries. A single, free Microsoft Office Access Core Exam will be administered at the end of the course. Course repeatability is unlimited, however there is a limit to one free exam per student regardless of number of times the course is repeated. Unlimited repeatability. 4.5 hours lecture and 4.5 hours laboratory. (Pass/No Pass only.)


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Emerging Leaders Noncredit Certificate

The Emerging Leaders Certificate enables students to develop the management, supervisory, and leadership skills necessary to get a job or advance on their current career path. Through the guided exploration of best practices in essential workplace skills, students will be prepared to successfully navigate complex professional environments. Both current and future leaders will benefit from the comprehensive overview of the skills necessary to be dynamic and effective leaders. This certificate also serves as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs.

Required Courses to earn certificate: PDS-801, PDS-802, PDS-803, PDS-804
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Motivating Yourself and Others
PDS-804 - Section #48994 (Online)
Nov 4 - 18, 2023

Individuals and leaders explore the key ingredients for strengthening workplace commitment, engagement, and career satisfaction. Apply alternative reward and recognition strategies to increase engagement in the workplace. 12 hours lecture. (Pass/No Pass only.)​

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English as a Second Language Noncredit Certificate

ESL students are placed within the sequence of courses in the Basic English as a Second Language Certificate according to their English abilities. Students completing this pattern of study will have a beginning level of fluency in the English language which will help them be successful in academic courses, CTE courses, or general employment.

BEGINNING AMERICAN ​COLLEGE ENGLISH

Required Courses to earn certificate:ESL-846, ESL-847
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)


Beginning American College English (Two Sections)
ESL-846 - Section #47683 (In-Person) & Section #47684 (Hybrid)
Section #47683 Mon & Wed: 10:50 am - 1:20 pm / Room QD-212
Section #47684 Wed: 6 - 8:30 pm / Room QD-​101
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Students should be aware that course is taught in English.

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at beginning level to prepare students to enterESL-847. Students will produce a minimum of 1,000 words or more of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on academic paragraph writing in response to reading. 90 hours lecture. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass Option.)

 

Low-Intermediate American College English (Two Sections)
ESL-847 - Section #47685 (In-Person) & #47686 (Hybrid)
Section #47685 Mon & Wed: 10:50 am - 1:20 pm / Room QD-​101
Section #47686 Tue: 6 - 8:30 pm / Room QD-​101 & Online
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-846 or ESL-46 or qualifying placement

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at a low-intermediate level to prepare students to enter ESL 848. Students will produce a minimum of 1,750 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on academic paragraph writing in response to reading. 90 hours lecture. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass Option.)​

 

ADVANCED AMERICAN COLLEGE ENGLISH

Required Courses to earn certificate: ESL 848, ESL 849, ESL 850
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Intermediate American College English (Two Sections)
ESL-848 - Section #47687 (In-Person) & #49053 (Hybrid)
Section #47687 Mon & Wed: 8:10 - 10:40 am / Room QD-​101
Section #49053 Wed: 6 - 8:30 pm / Room QD-​212
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-47 or ESL-847 or qualifying placement

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at an intermediate level to prepare students to enter ESL 849. Students will produce a minimum of 3,000 instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on basic essay writing in response to reading. Classroom instruction integrates writing lab activities. 90 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. (Letter grade or Pass/No Pass option.)

High-Intermediate American College English
ESL-849 - Section #47688 (In-Person)
Tue & Thu: 8:10 - 10:40 am / Room QD-​101
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-48 or ESL-848

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at an intermediate level to prepare students to enter ESL 850. Students will produce a minimum of 4,500 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on essay writing in response to reading. Classroom instruction integrates writing lab activities. 90 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. (TBA option) (Letter grade only.)

Advanced American College English
ESL-850 - Section #47689 (Hybrid)
Thu: 10:50 am - 1:20 pm / Room QD-​101
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Prerequisite: ESL-49 or ESL-849 or qualifying placement 

Designed for non-native speakers of English. Develops writing, reading, and oral language expression in academic American English language at an advanced level to prepare students to enter English 1A. Students will produce a minimum of 6,000 words of instructor-evaluated writing with an emphasis on expository essay writing in response to advanced readings from various sources and a novel. Classroom instruction integrates writing lab activities. 90 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. (TBA option) (Letter grade only.)

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Graphic Design and Promotional Printing Entrepreneur​​ Noncredit Certificate

The certificate provides students with an understanding of the design process, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and promotional printing processes. The knowledge and competencies covered in this program will enable the prospective students to function as entrepreneurs in the graphic design and promotional printing industries. This certificate also serves as a gateway into the Applied Digital Media and Printing department's more comprehensive credit programs.

Required Courses to earn certificate:ADM-801, ADM-802, ADM-803, ADM-804 811
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Adobe Photoshop for Graphic Design and Printing Entrepreneur
ADM-803 - Section #48674 (In-Person)
Wed: 6 - 7:50 pm / Room TCHB-​123 (Lecture)
Wed: 8 - 9:50 pm / Room TCHB-​101 (Lab)
Oct 18 - Nov 8, 2023

A short course that focuses on the introductory image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop for graphic design and printing entrepreneurs. 8 hours lecture and 8 hours laboratory. (Pass/No Pass only.)

Promotional Printing for Graphic Design and Printing Entrepreneur
ADM-804 - Section #48675 (In-Person)
Wed: 6 - 7:50 pm / Room TCHB-​123 (Lecture)
Wed: 8 - 9:50 pm / Room TCHB-​101 (Lab)
Nov 15 - Dec 13, 2023

A short course that focuses on the introductory promotional printing techniques and press operations for graphic design and printing entrepreneurs. 8 hours lecture and 8 hours laboratory. (Pass/No Pass only.)​

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Introduction to Python Programming​​​​​ Noncredit Certificate

The Python programming certificate is a certificate for the general introduction to the Python programming language. The certificate introduces the Python programming language, decision control structures and iterative control structures of the Python language. The certificate includes working with arrays and functions in the Python programming language. May lead to potential employment as a Python programmer.

Required Courses to earn certificate: ​CIS-830, CIS-831, CIS-832
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Introduction to Python Programming: Part 3 (Two Sections)​​
CIS-832 - Section #48847 & 48848 (Online)
Nov 6 - Dec 16, 2023

Introduction to functions, arrays and file input/output statements used in the Python programming language to further advance the student in developing business, gaming, scientific and mathematical applications. 18 hours lecture. (Pass/No Pass option.)

Reading Clinic
ALR-887 - Section #47442 (In-Person)
Dates to be Announced / Room MLK-119 (Lab)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

This self-paced course provides practice on individually prescribed learning plans designed to improve and develop reading skills. Instruction is provided on an individualized basis through conferences with the student. Subsequent enrollment in the course will provide the student further opportunities for additional skill and competency development within the subject matter. May be taken a total of four times. 27 hours laboratory. (Pass/No Pass only.)

Writing Clinic
ENG-885 - Section #47657 (In-Person)
Dates to be Announced / ​Room MLK-119 (Lab)
Aug 21 - Dec 16, 2023

Intended for students who need concentrated attention in various areas of grammar, punctuation, and composition. Self-paced, open-entry/open-exit, with no traditional lecture-based component. Instead, it requires students to do the majority of their course work independently. Each student follows a sequential series of modules based on his or her diagnosis. Students meet with their instructor in the Writing and Reading Center for the pre-and post-test and as needed for one-on-one instruction or small group study for the duration of the students' enrollment in the course. May be taken a total of four times. 27 hours laboratory. (TBA option) (Pass/No Pass only.)​

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Social M​edia for Business

The Social Media for Business Certificate provides students with an understanding of how to effectively leverage social media as part of a business marketing strategy. Students will analyze the ways in which business and nonprofits use social media marketing to engage customers and develop a successful business presence on social media using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. This certificate is designed to both support students seeking to expand on their existing knowledge of social media marketing as well as those new to the field.

Required Courses to earn certificate: ENP-801, ENP-802, ENP-803, ENP-804, ENP-805
(Note: Certificates can be completed in a single term or over the course of several terms, subject to availability.)

Twitter for Business
ENP-804- Section #48953 (Online)
Nov 11 -18, 2023

Students learn to set up a Twitter Business presence to leverage the power of real-time marketing, optimize and manage an account, and find and follow influencers and leads. Includes engaging with prospects using tweets, RTs, DMs, follows, mentions, and hashtags. Students use tools to monitor feeds and schedule tweets, in addition to tracking the impact and measure the results of promoted tweets.

LinkedIn for Business
ENP-805 - Section #48954 (Online)
December 04 - December 11, 2023

LinkedIn is the world's most popular business-oriented social media networking platform. Students learn to use Linked Into develop business through relationship marketing. Topics include optimizing a company profile, deve​loping content that engages a target audience, building a professional brand, marketing a company, showcasing credentials, getting business advice, reconnecting with former colleagues, and connecting with businesses around the globe.

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