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New Degrees and Certificates

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.

Creative Writing Certificate

The Creative Writing Certificate is a program concentration that seeks to expose learners to a variety of creative writing genres, including poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, and screenwriting. Four tracks are offered in the program:

  1. Poetry Writing
  2. Fiction Writing
  3. Creative Nonfiction Writing 
  4. Screenwriting

For students in each track, Introduction to Creative Writing is required, followed by one genre writing course, one literature/theater course in the chosen track, one program elective and one capstone course (Writing for Publication or Literary Journal).

For more information about this program, contact an English faculty or program advisor.

Digital and Social Media Marketing Certificate

The Digital and Social Media Marketing Certificate provides students the foundational understanding of developing a digital marketing strategy. Students will be able to optimize a company's digital marketing efforts through SEO, digital content creation, analysis of digital metrics, develop email campaigns and learn best website practices. Students will have the opportunity to earn related industry certifications.

For more information about this program, contact a Business faculty or program advisor.

Entry Level Automotive Service Technology Certificate

The Entry Level Automotive Service Technology Certificate is designed to prepare students for an entry-level career in the automotive field. Students will learn foundational knowledge and skills in order to diagnose, service and maintain today's sophisticated vehicles. Upon successful completion of the program students will be prepared to take several of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Tests. The Automotive Service Technology Program is accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASEEF). 

For more information about this program, contact an Automotive Services Technology faculty or program advisor.

Project Hire Ed Apprenticeship Certificate

The Project Hire Ed Apprenticeship Certificate program will allow students an opportunity to pursue multiple apprenticeship opportunities. Students will gain exposure to multiple career paths in multiple industries. Students will complete program requirements and then select 6 courses from the emphasis tracks. Students may work with a faculty member to develop a custom emphasis track.

For more information about this program, contact Project Hire Ed.

Python Language Proficiency Certificate

The Python Language Proficiency Certificate provides students with core competencies in the use of the Python Programming Language. Students are required to complete coursework that includes basic and advanced concepts in Python language programming, computer information systems, data structure application, Python standard library applications, Data science and programming logic and design.

For more information about this program, contact a Computer & Information Science faculty or program advisor.

For general information about any of the College's new degrees and certificates, contact Admissions and Outreach at (630) 942-2626.