Advance your career with professional certificates and associate's degrees

Advance your career with professional certificates and associate's degrees
Advance your career with professional certificates and associate's degrees

Individuals who are looking to bolster their skill sets may opt for a professional certification program. The coursework required by one-year technical certificate tracks often forms the groundwork for associate's degree studies.

Professional institutes and technical schools offer certifications for a wide range of trades, including phlebology, accounting, auditing and electrician work. Some fields, such as teaching and computer science, require jobseekers to be certified before they can begin working.

A number of community colleges can help the graduates of similar non-degree programs transition smoothly to an associate's or bachelor's degree course of study. For instance, one institution offers a certificate program in electronic engineering technology that instructs in practical skills for maintaining computer networks. The certificate holders can then move on to the school's associate's degree program in computer maintenance and networking.

These enrollees then gain more intricate knowledge of computer systems and the principles of electronics through a hands-on curriculum. Associate's degree in hand, they can apply for higher-paying positions, such as computer systems specialist, maintenance technician and systems integrator.

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