New Degrees and Certificates

Investing in your Future: College of DuPage Taps into Latest Trends

Adaptation and innovation are crucial in today's challenging economy. College of DuPage stays a step ahead of the curve by regularly introducing new programs in emerging industries and professions that are experiencing rapid growth, and providing training in new skills for existing career areas. The College continues to monitor national, state and local employment trends to ensure that you receive the most valuable and up-to-date learning opportunities.

Our new areas of study reflect changes that help you, the student, prepare for emerging career opportunities. With these offerings, College of DuPage now provides a choice of 79 associate degrees and 161 certificates.

Building Automation Systems Certificate (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration)

The Building Automation Systems (BAS) certificate prepares a student for an entry level building or energy controls technician position.

Type of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions in a variety of work settings, including companies that manufacture digital controls, contractors who sell and install building controls, and building maintenance personnel who must use these controls on a daily basis. The graduates with this certificate will have the opportunity to earn highly sought-after credentials in multiple career opportunities. People working in the building controls industry, who will benefit from this proposed certificate, have many job titles, including, but not limited to, the following: Building Automation Technician; HVACR Service Technician; Direct Digital Controls (DDC) Technician; Building Automation Systems (BAS) Technician; Controls Technician; Controls Service Technician; Stationary Operating Engineer; Operating Engineer; BAS Programmer; DDC Programmer; DDC/BAS Installer; Automation Technician; Maintenance Technician; Field Service Engineer; Energy Auditor; BAS Specialist; Automation & Controls Technician

Landscape Contracting and Management Degree (Horticulture)

The Landscape Contracting and Management degree develops a student's ability to design, implement, and maintain landscape projects. Students build professional skills in plant healthcare, design, estimating, installation and project management while earning an Associate's in Applied Science Degree. Landscape contracting graduates are well-placed to work in the growing field of sustainable landscaping, or enter a Bachelors program in Horticulture or related field. The Landscape Contracting and Management degree requires a minimum of 71 credits in program requirements, program electives and
general education.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions in a variety of horticulture related work settings, including those associated with landscape contracting and management, landscaping and grounds maintenance, or a variety of other jobs found in the horticultural industry.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Degree (Horticulture)

The sustainable urban agriculture program offers a hands-on approach to becoming a professional in the field of urban farming and sustainable urban agriculture. The goal of the program is to help society improve the health of its environment, food, and communities, give students practical experience working alongside professional urban farmers and faculty and teach students how to critically analyze historical and current food systems to offer more sustainable solutions. Includes management and marketing techniques for urban agriculture food production systems. The Sustainable Urban Agriculture degree program requires a minimum of 66 credits in program requirements and general education.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate (Horticulture)

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate program requires 28 credits in program requirements and program electives.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions in a variety of work settings, including those associated with environmental and sustainable agriculture such as horticulture, nursery operations, agricultural education and managing food production.

Power Equipment Technology Certificate (Horticulture)

The Power Equipment and Technology Certificate is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge, required skills and hands-on-experiences to maintain and repair outdoor power equipment such as outboard motors, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, rotary tillers, all-terrain vehicles, portable power generators, compact diesel engines, and small garden tractors, as well as the use of technical manuals. This certificate requires 16 credits in program requirements.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as small engine mechanics in a variety of work settings, including landscape and construction companies. The basic knowledge and credentials acquired will translate to related careers in the outdoor power equipment industry.

Eye Care Assistant Certificate (Eye Care Assistant)

The Eye Care Assistant certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as assistants in optometrist/ophthalmology practices. Under the supervision of a licensed eye care professional, eye care assistants render support services and aid in the treatment of eye conditions and diseases. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the certification examination administered by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).  The Eye Care Assistant certificate requires a minimum of 33 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The Eye Care Assistant Certificate Program is designed to provide the medical eye care community with skilled Ophthalmology and Optometric Assistants who, under the supervision of a licensed eye care professional, render support services and aid in the treatment of eye conditions and diseases.  This occupation would be covered by the Health Science Career Cluster, Diagnostic Services Pathway.

Automotive Service Management (Automotive Service Technology)

Automotive service manager and service advisor skills will be emphasized. Repair orders will be covered in detail, including how to calculate labor, parts and other fees. Proper terminology and best practice for writing a work order will be covered. Customer service skills including communication skills, service consulting, customer relations, and making the sale will be covered. Safety compliance, employee management, expenses and general shop management will also be covered. The Automotive Service Management certificate requires 22 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The certificate can give students with limited technical knowledge about cars the necessary technical and management skills necessary for an entry level position as a service advisor or service manager.

Construction Management (Architecture)

The Construction Management certificate includes a range of technical architecture classes with basic business topics to give students a first level credential in the construction management field. The certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in construction firms and can serve as the first step to completing the AAS degree in Construction Management. It is especially suited to students who have construction experience or already have a degree in another field. This certificate requires 32 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: Entry-level positions in construction firms

Paraprofessional in Education (Education)

The Paraprofessional in Education certificate is designed to prepare individuals to take on the role of a paraprofessional, also known as a teacher's assistant, in a K-12 classroom. Students will take a variety of classes to introduce them to aspects of teaching and learning that will help them to be successful as a paraprofessional. Additional requirements must be met for Illinois licensure. This certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements and electives.

Type of Jobs: Teacher assistants

Early Childhood Administration (Early Childhood Education and Care)

The Early Childhood Administration degree prepares students for employment in the management of early childhood and school-age programs. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to administrate programs serving infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. This program includes the 20 credit hour Administration of an Early Childhood Center certificate and upon successful completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply for the Illinois Director’s Credential. This degree program requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The Early Childhood Administration degree will train graduates for the occupation of: Preschool and Child Care Program Directors, Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants, Child Care Assistant/Workers, Preschool Aides, Kindergarten Aides, and Instructional Systems Specialists.

Foundations of Data Science (Sociology)

Data science is an emerging field due to the explosion of "big data". The importance of a good understanding of data is crucial in a multiplicity of fields, such as the social sciences, criminal justice, education, public health, the non-profit sector, and many others. By completing this certificate, students will acquire the fundamental skills of research and data analysis. This certificate requires 13 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The label “data scientist” is still relatively new and not yet indexed in a lot of labor market databases, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, the certificate specifically targets people in the following occupations as well as occupations adjacent to these (such as assistants):

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence
  • Information analyst
  • Statistician / statistical analyst
  • Market research


This certificate is based on imparting skills that are applicable to a variety of fields, such as:

  • Social sciences / Academic research
  • Business / market research
  • Criminal Justice
  • Natural sciences
  • Health / Public health
  • Government
  • Non-profit sector

 

Fund Development in Human Services Certificate (Human Services)

The Fund Development in Human Services Certificate is designed to provide knowledge and expertise in the areas of fund development. Courses focus on fundraising theory, history, strategy, implementation, and practice. Students in the Human Services program, professionals from non-profit organizations, advocates, and providers, would benefit from completion of this program. This certificate requires 15 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: This certificate will prepare the student to be a Fund Raising Assistant. In addition, the skills gained from this certificate are considered useful to professionals who are responsible for fund development in non-profit organizations.

For general information about any of the College's new degrees and certificates, please contact the Admissions and Outreach Office at (630) 942-2380.