Computer Skills Certificate

About Computer Skills Certificate

The Computer Skills Certificate provides basic computer skills for Windows® operating systems and the Internet. Courses focus on current Microsoft® Office applications such as Word, Excel®, Access® and PowerPoint®. The skills and concepts learned in this certificate are relevant to any business setting.

Total Costs of Computer Skills Certificate

(in-district) Total Amount: $4,492

Credit Hours to Complete: 28

Weeks to Complete: 32

What you need to know about getting your Computer Skills Certificate (CIP 52.0407)

Total Computer Skills Certificate Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $3,122 $10,352 $13,003 $13,003
Additional Costs $1,370 $1,370 $1,370 $1,370
Program Total $4,492 $11,722 $14,373 $14,373

What makes MCC's Computer Skills Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

MCC's Administrative Office Management certificates and degree are designed to be stackable. Over 50 percent of the required courses for the Computer Skills Certificate can be applied towards the Administrative Office Management AAS degree and Administrative Office Management Certificate providing a pathway towards career advancements.

You'll learn from educated and experienced faculty who will share their valuable experience, knowledge, and troubleshooting skills with you.

You'll have the opportunity to complete the Core Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam upon completion of AOM122 – Word Processing II, AOM130 – Presentation Software; AOM231 – Spreadsheet Applications II, and AOM232 – Database Systems II for possible certification in the core exams for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access.

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What careers are available to someone with a an Computer Skills Certificate

Occupations that Computer Skills Certificate prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Data Entry Keyers 43-9021

Typical jobs

  • Any position requiring Microsoft Office skills proficiency
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service
  • Data Entry
  • Help Desk and IT Positions
  • Legal or Medical Office Assistant
  • Office Clerk or Office Support Specialist
  • Office Manager
  • Receptionist

How will MCC's Computer Skills Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

You will learn using current, industry-standard software (Microsoft Office) and train to the current standards in the field and towards certificate exams.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary Range: Administrative Office Management positions vary by title and job sector, 2018 median annual wages for reported positions include:
    • Data Entry - $32,000
    • Executive Secretary and Executive Administrative Assistant - $61, 550
    • Legal Secretary - $50,040
    • Medical Secretary - $37,090
    • Secretary and Administrative Assistants (except legal, medical, and executive) - $38,880
  • Job Outlook:
    • Microsoft Office skills rank #4 in the Top 20 Skills for All U.S. Occupations. Microsoft PowerPoint ranks #16.
    • 7.5% of U.S. positions explicitly require Microsoft Office skills.
    • Soft skills, reinforced by Microsoft programs, including communication, integration, and presentation skills are included in eight of the top 20 skills required for all positions and are required by over 40% of all U.S. job postings.

    Source: IDC, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, February 2016 and IDC: Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success, April 2016.

What have graduates gone on to do?

Many students have continued with AOM classes towards the AOM AAS degree; however, they have been able to obtain "stepping-stone" or part-time positions even after completing the AOM Computer Skills certificate, while working towards the AOM AAS degree. Other students have been able to immediately apply their skills in current positions or apply for advancement within the same company.

Outside of the Classroom

  • Administrative Office Management, Computer Skills Program Mission

    The mission of McHenry County College’s Administrative Office Management, Computer Skills Program is to develop students who are skilled in current software and technology. MCC students shall be distinguishable by their critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, and technical competency. Students will use current and contemporary practices to demonstrate mastery in the Program Learning Outcomes.

  • Administrative Office Management, Computer Skills Program Learning Objective

    Students will:

    1. Demonstrate proficiency and use of current software relevant in a variety of computer related fields.
    2. Illustrate competency, on industry-based certification exams, notable in the job market.
    3. Appropriately use discipline specific terminology in verbal and written form.
    4. Choose appropriate technology to use effectively and efficiently.

    Certificate: Computer Skills Certificate

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.