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Communications Industry

Animation and Game Art, A.A.S.

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The animation concentration focuses on storytelling and animation. It introduces the fundamentals of animation in preparation for a range of exciting careers in entertainment, software and game development, marketing, education, and commerce. Students are encouraged to explore the convergence of 2D and 3D animation, plus other forms of art and design.

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Graphic Designer

Animation and Game Art, A.A.S.

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The animation concentration focuses on storytelling and animation. It introduces the fundamentals of animation in preparation for a range of exciting careers in entertainment, software and game development, marketing, education, and commerce. Students are encouraged to explore the convergence of 2D and 3D animation, plus other forms of art and design.

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Graphic Design Certificate

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The graphic design concentration is an interdisciplinary, career-focused program that helps students develop skills in design, typography, computer graphics, and new media design for print and web. This concentration is appropriate for students who wish to enhance their skills, retrain for new or added job skills, or enter the job market versed in design for print or web. The curriculum combines foundational and software-specific classes. Graduates may find work with advertising agencies, publishing and printing firms, art studios, television and radio stations, newspapers, and various businesses with in-house design departments.

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Graphic Design, A.A.S.

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The graphic design concentration is an interdisciplinary, career-focused program that helps students develop skills in design, typography, computer graphics, and new media design for print and web. This concentration is appropriate for students who wish to enhance their skills, retrain for new or added job skills, or enter the job market versed in design for print or web. The curriculum combines foundational and software-specific classes. Graduates may find work with advertising agencies, publishing and printing firms, art studios, television and radio stations, newspapers, and various businesses with in-house design departments.

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Multi-Media/Video, A.A.S.

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This concentration includes the fundamentals of art and technology and how to apply them in a successful, creative career. Students develop skills in video and photography, while complementing other creative media such as interactive design, motion graphics, and animation. Students will master technology to highlight narration and storytelling, which are at the core of this concentration.

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AV Technician

Multi-Media/Video, A.A.S.

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This concentration includes the fundamentals of art and technology and how to apply them in a successful, creative career. Students develop skills in video and photography, while complementing other creative media such as interactive design, motion graphics, and animation. Students will master technology to highlight narration and storytelling, which are at the core of this concentration.

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Transportation Industry

Auto Mechanic

Auto Automatic Trans/Axle Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Brake Systems Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Engine Performance Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Engine Repair Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Heat/Air Conditioning Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Hybrid and Adv Tech Vehicle Certificate

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Light Duty Deisel Engines Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Manual Drive Train/Axles Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Auto Steering and Suspension Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Automotive Drivability Systems, A.A.S.

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified automotive technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses in the automotive drivability systems degree program are designed to give the student experience in base automotive technology with a focus on automotive electrical, computer, and engine performance. This program can be used to prepare the student for entry level employment or to further the skills of currently working technicians. It can be taken alone or in conjunction with other automotive related courses and is designed to complement the automotive undercar systems AAS for those students that wish to receive a dual associate degree with minimal additional credit hours.

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Automotive Undercar Systems, A.A.S.

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses in the automotive undercar systems AAS are designed to give the student experience in base automotive technology with a focus on automotive mechanical drive-line, brakes, and suspension. It can be used to prepare the student for entry level employment or to further the skills of currently working technicians. It can be taken alone or in conjunction with other automotive related courses and is designed to complement the automotive drivability systems AAS for those that wish to receive a dual associate degree with minimal additional credit hours.

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General Automotive Service Certificate

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The one year certificate in general automotive service is designed to serve as a fast track option for entering the automotive workforce by obtaining entry level employability skills. It is designed to provide the starting technician with the knowledge required to safely and ethically work in the automotive field as defined by local employers. It will prepare the student to pass Michigan State Certification exams in Engines, Brakes, Steering and Suspension, and Air Conditioning as well as MACS (Mobile Air Conditioning Society) certification for refrigerant handling. It also provides the option of becoming ASE General Service Technician certified upon program completion. For students wishing to continue their education, requirements for this certificate also fulfill the first two semesters of both the automotive drivability systems AAS and automotive undercar systems AAS programs.

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Diesel Mechanic

Auto Light Duty Deisel Engines Certificate of Achievement

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The National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) certified Automotive Technology programs prepare students for a range of employment opportunities. Courses prepare students to test for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and ASE master certification, entry-level and advanced-level employment, job enhancement for current positions, wage increase if already employed, and the possibility of supervisory/management positions.

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Construction Industry

Architectural Drafter

AutoCAD Certificate of Achievement

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This certificate of achievement program is designed so students can specialize in the AutoCAD software. It is intended for the student with prior design and drafting experience returning to update their skills. It is also intended for students preparing to graduate who want to specialize in AutoCAD software. In conjunction with prior experience in education, students completing this COA will have the skills to be employed in a position requiring AutoCAD.

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CAD Specialist Certificate

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Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) certificates prepare students for entry level CAD Operator occupations. The student will gain experience with in-demand CAD software along with fundamental design skills for the mechanical drafting field. Software training will include AutoCAD, Pro-E (Pro Engineer) and SolidWorks or Inventor. Students can expect to gain crucial job related skills in subjects such as technical drawing (which include dimensioning and detailing), manufacturing processes, architectural drafting, simple mechanism concepts, and teamwork. Upon graduation, students will qualify for a variety of entry-level CAD occupations requiring fundamental design skills, AutoCAD, Pro/E, SolidWorks, or Inventor software.

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CAD-CAM Certificate

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Computer Aided Design, A.A.S.

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Regardless of the project, a space shuttle, a wind turbine, or an automotive part, workers need paper or electronic drawings that show exact dimensions and specifications of each of its parts. Technology improvements have moved the world of design from the drafting arena to the design world. Designers work as part of a team to prepare detailed drawings and designs based on rough sketches, conceptual layouts, specifications, 3D models, computer simulations, performance analysis and mechanical design calculations. Kalamazoo Valley has incorporated into the computer-aided design technology program the latest information and techniques in computer-aided design (CAD) in order to give students the most up-to-date education available and to maximize their employment opportunities. Students of the computer-aided design technology program experience courses covering the principles of engineering graphics and mechanical design that stress the application of these principles. This program provides hands-on experience to prepare students for employment in association with engineers and designers. Graduates of Kalamazoo Valley's computer-aided design technology program have career opportunities in such areas as tool, mold, machine, and product design as well as piping layout, architecture, construction, manufacturing, and sheet metal fabrication.

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ProEngineer Certificate of Achievement

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This program is designed so students can specialize in ProEngineer (Pro-E). It is intended for the student with prior design and drafting experience returning to update their skills. Also, it is intended for a student preparing to graduate who would like to specialize in ProEngineer software. In conjunction with prior experience or education, the student completing this COA will have the skills to allow them to be employed in a position requiring Pro-E.

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SolidWorks Certificate of Achievement

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This program is designed so students can specialize in SolidWorks. It is intended for the student with prior design and drafting experience returning to update their skills. Also, it is intended for students preparing to graduate who would like to specialize in SolidWorks software. In conjunction with prior experience or education, students completing this COA will have the skills to allow them to be employed in a position requiring SolidWorks.

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Construction Equipment Operator

Crane Operator Training

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In this hands-on training, participants will be taught and tested on their ability to operate the crane through the functions necessary to perform the required jobs. They will also be tested on their knowledge of the equipment, daily checks, and inspections. This course provides certification for Crane Operation.

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Forklift Operator Training

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This course is intended to provide students with the skills necessary to safely operate forklift machinery. The course combines classroom learning with hands-on practical exercises. Audience: This course is intended for individuals who will be using a forklift as part of their job responsibilities.

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Electrician

Electrical Construction Certificate

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This certificate program trains students for employment as apprentice electricians for new construction. It is also appropriate for those currently working in maintenance or electrical installation desiring to upgrade their skills. Students should anticipate completing this program over four semesters.

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Electrical Control Certificate

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This certificate program trains students for employment as maintenance electrician trainees in the industry. It is also appropriate for those currently working in maintenance or electrical installation desiring to upgrade their skills. All credits in this program apply directly towards the electrical technology AAS degree program.

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Electrical Technology, A.A.S.

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This program provides education and training for prospective construction and industrial electricians, electrical maintenance personnel, and others desiring knowledge in the areas of residential, commercial, and industrial wiring. Graduates will be prepared to begin a career in residential, commercial, and industrial maintenance and construction.

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HVAC Technician

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Certificate

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This certificate option trains students for entry-level positions as refrigeration mechanic, air conditioning equipment installer, refrigeration conditioning equipment installer, refrigeration and air conditioning or heating equipment service trainees.

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Certificate

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This certificate option trains students for entry-level positions as refrigeration mechanic, air conditioning equipment installer, refrigeration conditioning equipment installer, refrigeration and air conditioning or heating equipment service trainees.

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Welder

Welding CC Processes Certificate of Achievement

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This degree includes skill training in the SMAW and GTAW welding processes and welding symbols and print reading. Courses in the welding CC processes certificate of achievement program guide the student through a series of process skills using various current welding processes. The types of welding process training include SMAW (arc), GTAW (TIG), and OXY-FUEL and PLASMA cutting. Materials welded include mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Courses offered prepare the student for entry level and advanced level employment, job enhancement, and may also transfer to the welding technology certificate degree, associate degree in occupational/technical studies, or a bachelor’s degree program. Courses offered can also provide the skill set necessary to successfully complete welder certification testing required by many welding companies.

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Welding CV Processes Certificate of Achievement

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This degree includes skill training in the GMAW and FCAW welding processes and welding symbols and print reading. Courses in the welding CV processes certificate of achievement program guide the student through a series of process skills using various current welding processes. The types of welding process training include GMAW (MIG), FCAW (Flux cored), and OXY-FUEL and PLASMA cutting. Materials welded include mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Courses offered prepare the student for entry level and advanced level employment, job enhancement, and may also transfer to the welding technology certificate, associates degree in occupational/technical studies, or a bachelor’s degree program. Courses offered can also provide the skill set necessary to successfully complete welder certification testing required by many welding companies.

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Welding Technologies Certificate

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The certificate level courses in the welding technologies program guide the student through a series of process skills using manual and automated welding. The program develops foundation and advanced skills using various current welding processes. The types of welding process training include GMAW (MIG), GTAW (TIG), SMAW (ARC), FCAW and OXY-FUEL and PLASMA cutting. Materials welded include mild steel, aluminum and stainless steel. Courses offered prepare the student for entry level and advanced level employment, job enhancement, and may also transfer to a bachelor's degree program. Courses offered can also provide the skill set necessary to successfully complete welder certification testing required by many welding companies.

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Energy Industry

Electrical Lineman

Cell Tower Technician Academy

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As cellular telephone networks continue to expand, so do the employment opportunities for cell tower technicians. Cell tower technicians climb the face of telecommunications/cellular towers to install, test, maintain, repair and remove a variety of radio frequency and antenna equipment. Currently there is a critical shortage of cell tower technicians and demand is expected to remain high for the next six to ten years. To meet this demand, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a member of the National Association of Tower Erectors, is launching the area’s first training academy for cell tower technicians. Training includes safety at heights, fiber-optics, electrical and cell site basics, as well as the opportunity for certification through the National Wireless Safety Alliance upon successful completion.

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Telecommunications Tower Technician Certification

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Climb to new heights in your career by becoming a certified Telecommunication Tower Technician today!

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) was established to deliver accredited ANSI wireless worker certification programs. Technician certification is now required for employment by the telecommunication carriers.

Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center can provide the field-based practical examination at our facility as well as make arrangements for the computer-based examination at an approved PSI testing center nearby.

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Wind Turbine Technician

Wind Turbine Technician Academy

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Join the nation's leading training program for wind turbine technicians. Focused on specific, hands-on competencies, our unique training model moves students from the classroom to the learning labs and into the field quickly.

Trainee success requires a self-directed learning style, a desire to learn through hands-on practice, and a dedication to become a world-class technician in the wind industry.

The Wind Turbine Technician Academy provides a fast track to jobs that are in demand and pay high wages. Kalamazoo Valley Community College offers this course as a non-credit, full-time program allowing men and women the chance to be job ready in less than 6 months. Students attend Monday through Friday, 8 hours each day for 24 weeks. Training is held at Kalamazoo Valley Groves Campus.

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Public Service Industry

Environmental Field Technician

Chemical Technology, A.A.S.

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The chemical technology program prepares graduates for employment in chemical laboratory settings including pharmaceutical, paper, plastic, waste water, and environmental laboratories. Chemical technicians may work in research and development, product testing, or general chemical analysis to help develop, test, and manufacture chemical products. Students may substitute higher level classes for the ones listed under required classes below (i.e. calculus 1 for college algebra and calculus 2 for trigonometry), and must meet with a counselor or advisor to have potential substitutions applied.

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Correctional Officer

Corrections Officer Academy

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Corrections Academy is a Michigan Sherriffs Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) approved, 160-hour certification program for correctional personnel supervising inmates in county jails. This 4-week program will focus on obtaining the skills necessary to maintain the safety and security of a correctional facility. Due to the limited space for each academy, candidate evaluations will be conducted to determine admittance to the program. The current cost of the academy is $1200 and 10 credits will be awarded by Kalamazoo Valley Community College upon successful completion of the academy.

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Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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This program offers course work in the criminal justice field. Students wishing to transfer credit to a university should check with a Kalamazoo Valley counselor. Elective credits would be in a related subject area as approved by the LEN director. This allows the degree to be customized for individuals specific to their career path.

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EMTs and Paramedics

Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S.

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Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are trained to perform critical emergency medical intervention for both the traumatically injured and the acutely ill patient. Upon successful completion, Kalamazoo Valley’s basic EMT and emergency medical services programs qualify students to take the appropriate licensure exams. These programs have separate application processes and can be taken individually, however completion of a basic EMT program is one of the prerequisites for acceptance into the emergency medical services program. The associate of applied science degree in emergency medical services (EMS) option combines the basic EMT and paramedic-level coursework with additional general education courses.

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Emergency Medical Technology - Basic Certificate of Achievement

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This one or two semester, ten-credit program prepares the student to work in the out-of-hospital setting as an entry level Emergency Medical Technician. Emphasis is placed on mastery of CPR, simple pharmacology for common medical emergencies, patient assessment, bandaging and splinting, vehicle extrication, and emergency childbirth. All credits in this program apply directly toward the emergency medical services AAS degree programs.

Medical First Responder: Students who begin the EMT basic sequence with EMT 105 will be eligible for National Registry of EMTs Certification and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Licensing as a Medical First Responder upon successful completion of EMT 105.

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Firefighter

Fire Science, A.A.S.

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Any student may sign up for fire science courses. Student wishing to enroll in the Firefighter I and II Academy need to meet with the fire science program manager prior to enrolling in the Academy.

All other fire science courses have no prerequisites.

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Police Officer

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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This program offers course work in the criminal justice field. Students wishing to transfer credit to a university should check with a Kalamazoo Valley counselor. Elective credits would be in a related subject area as approved by the LEN director. This allows the degree to be customized for individuals specific to their career path.

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Law Enforcement Specialist for Certification, A.A.S.

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The Law Enforcement Training Center certification program provides a broad-based general education along with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Basic Law Enforcement Certification. Students will learn police organization, criminal investigation, traffic control, delinquency, criminal law, and enforcement procedures. Upon meeting graduation and MCOLES requirements the student may be eligible to take the mandatory certification examination given by MCOLES. After successful completion of these courses through the Police Academy, credit will be articulated.

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Police Academy

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Michigan state law requires county and local municipal law enforcement officers to be licensed by the state before they can enforce Michigan laws. Licensing is obtained by meeting minimum enrollment requirements, completing the basic training requirements established by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), and obtaining employment with a Michigan police agency.

The mandated training requirements may be accomplished at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Police Academy. KVCC will grant 34 credits after successful completion of the entire Police Academy block of instruction.

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Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Legal Office Assistant Certificate

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This certificate program prepares students for entry-level employment in the offices of attorneys, judges, prosecuting attorneys, and legal organizations such as the Friend of the Court and Legal Aid. The core of the program consists of training in office skills and communication, microcomputer and software skills, keyboarding, information processing, and legal office terminology.

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Information Technology Industry

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Cisco Certification Certificate of Achievement

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With this certificate of achievement, students will learn network installation, configuration, and support specifically for Cisco installations. In a hands-on environment, students will learn to provide computer support, troubleshooting, and security services for PC hardware and software, as well as installation and management of operating systems, computer components, and peripheral devices. This program will prepare students for the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification tests.

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Cisco Technician, A.A.S.

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This hands-on program prepares students for employment, specifically for Cisco installations, that includes work installing, configuring, and supporting networks. Students will learn to install and configure, including security requirements, networks. Students also learn to troubleshoot PCs, networks, operating systems, hardware and software, including the Microsoft Office Suite applications. Database concepts, systems analysis and design, writing, and communication skills are also included in this program as it prepares students for the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certification tests.

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Network Manager Certificate of Achievement

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This hands-on program prepares the student for employment as a Microsoft network manager who can support operating systems, hardware, and software along with the ability to provide installation, configuration, security, and troubleshooting skills for Microsoft networking installations. Students with this certificate of achievement are also prepared for CompTIA and Microsoft certifications.

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Software Developer

Database Specialist Certificate of Achievement

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This certificate of achievement prepares students in database creation, manipulation, and use within programming and web applications. SQL use in a variety of applications including MySQL and Sequel Server are employed with emphasis on working with business systems to support their applications and data storage and use.

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Software Developer, A.A.S.

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Students in the software developer program learn to program computers to create applications for business, computer science, web development, and mobile devices. Students learn a variety of programming languages that include window design, database and web integration, including SQL. Students also explore business concepts, project management, systems analysis and design, Microsoft Office, and writing and communication skills.

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Web Design and Development, A.A.S.

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Students learn the fundamentals of web design using relevant design and research strategies, current business practices, and optimal production approaches. Design and coding software, coupled with web apps, open-source solutions, and multimedia assets guarantee a challenging experience. Hands-on exposure/less lecture-based, dominates our approach, creating a “real world” atmosphere. Participants enhance their technical expertise while introducing solution-based logic to remedy a variety of visual and interactive challenges.

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Web Developer Certificate of Achievement

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Students receiving this certificate of achievement are prepared to work with web page development. Students learn the current version of HTML as well as Dreamweaver and beginning programming skills. The integration of databases using both MySQL and SQL Server are also incorporated in the web pages students develop.

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IT Support Specialist

Desk Side Support Certificate of Achievement

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This certificate of achievement is taught in a hands-on environment to prepare students to provide computer support, troubleshooting, and security services for PC hardware and software, and installation and management of operating systems, computer components, and peripheral devices. Students also learn network installation, configuration, and support along with the ability to provide assistance with word processing, spreadsheet, and database and presentation software.

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IT Support Technician, A.A.S.

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This hands-on program will prepare students for employment supporting operating systems along with networking and security requirements for local area networks (LANs). Students also learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot PCs, networks, and hardware and software, including the Microsoft Office Suite applications. Database concepts, systems analysis and design, and writing and communication skills are also included in this program as it prepares students for several CompTIA and Microsoft certification tests.

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PC Support Technician Certificate of Achievement

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This program is designed to prepare students to provide computer support services including installation and management of operating systems, installation and configuration of computer components and peripheral devices, assistance in word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software problems, network installation, configuration and support, and troubleshooting problems with PC hardware, software, and security.

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Manufacturing Industry

Machinist

CNC Operator Certificate of Achievement

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Kalamazoo Valley offers several different drafting programs designed to put students to work in entry-level positions, to complete an associate degree, and/or to transfer to another college or university. From entry-level drafting to advanced design projects, Kalamazoo Valley’s programs cover mechanical design, tool design, mold design, AUTOCAD, SolidWorks, REVIT, Inventor, and ProEngineer software for designing and drafting in the mechanical, industrial, and architectural areas. Supporting the design level courses are classes in metallurgy, statics and strengths of materials, hydraulics, and technical report writing.

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Computer Numerical Control Set-up and Operation

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Course participants learn to setup and operate 3 and 4 axis CNC milling machines and 2 axis CNC lathes. They apply basic CNC related mathematics, the Cartesian coordinate system and cutting tool feed and speed formulas. Participants experience the types and applications of common measuring instruments and cutting tools used in CNC machining and the use of various jigs and fixtures. The training also develops in the participants an ability to navigate the CNC machine control unit screens and software. The participants learn to mount CNC cutting tools in the specified spindle adaptors and set tool length offsets by the touch off method. Further, the participants learn to use edge finders and dial indicators to establish program zero and set the machine work-shifts. Lastly, the participants are instructed in the process of changing out dull cutting tools and performing secondary operations on manual operated saws, drill presses, lathes and vertical milling machines. Participants receive approximately 25% classroom and 75% hands on laboratory instruction Audience: Anyone interested in success in a CNC Machine environment. They will have demonstrated consistent work ethic, basic arithmetic and problem solving skills, and a hands-on mechanical aptitude

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Introduction to CNC

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This program covers the fundamental principles of safe work practices. Course participants learn to operate 3 axis CNC milling machines and 2 axis CNC lathes. Participants experience the types and applications of common measuring instruments and cutting tools used in CNC machining and the use of various jigs and fixtures. The training also develops in the participants an ability to navigate the CNC machine control unit screens and software. Lastly, the participants are instructed in the process of changing out dull or broken cutting tools and performing secondary operations on manual operated saws, drill presses, and vertical milling machines. Participants receive approximately 25% classroom and 75% hands on laboratory instruction. Audience This program is intended for Technicians and Operators.

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Machine Tool Automation, A.A.S.

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This program prepares students to work in manufacturing environments such as CAD/CAM/CNC specialists. Students gain comprehensive knowledge in drafting, precision machining, emerging new technologies, and problem solving through the use of computer aided design, computer assisted manufacturing, computer numerical control, and related automation.

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Machine Tool Operator

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Machine tool technology programs are designed to prepare students for machinist careers. Students are guided through a series of machine tool operation courses designed to challenge the process skills on manual and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. In addition to comprehensive hands-on skill development, students learn the various types of materials and processes used in today’s high-technology manufacturing industries.

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Machine Tool Technology, A.A.S.

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Machine tool technology programs are designed to prepare students for machinist careers. Students are guided through a series of machine tool operation courses designed to challenge the process skills on manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machines. In addition to comprehensive hands-on skill development, students learn the various types of materials and processes used in today’s high-technology manufacturing industries.

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Machinist Certificate

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This certificate program prepares students to enter the job market as a machinist, toolmaker, mold-maker, or die-maker trainee. Earning a certificate is the first step in entering the machine tool trade. Students should consider obtaining an AAS degree to advance in their career. All credits in this program apply directly towards the machine tool technology AAS degree program.

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Industrial Engineering Technician

Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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This program prepares students as engineering technicians.

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Electro-Mechanical Technician

FANUC Handling Tool Operation and Programming

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Interested in being certified by an industry leader in robotics? Enroll in FANUC Handling Tool Operation & Programming now! In this course you will not only learn how to safely operate a FANUC robot, but work with simulation software incorporating FANUC's latest iPendant, during lecture, to aide in learning while combining hands-on experience in the lab using the FANUC robots. During this training, you will learn how to create programs to allow your robot to perform simple material handling processes. You will become familiar operating the robot in various modes and gain valuable experience designing custom Frames that will be used in the various programs to be created. Finally you will bring it all together by combining several of the created programs and establishing some of them as Macros.

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Introduction to Handling Tool Operation

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In this hands-on course you will learn how to safely operate a 6-Axis FANUC robot and manually control it in various modes such as Joint & World. Participants will become familiar with opening and editing programs, commanding I/O, work with Position Registers, as well as creating some of their own basic material handling programs. With this baseline knowledge of programming, participants will be able to follow the flow of a more complex program with subroutines. Using these skills, the participants will experience programs that will crash into fixtures, the DCS, other machine components, or need to restart the cycle with the robot still in the machine. They will learn how to safely jog the robot away and then use Position Registers to get the robot safely back to a Home Position. Upon discovering these issues the participants will Touch Up those points to avoid future crashes. Lastly, participants will learn how to use the functions within the teach pendant to aide in troubleshooting faults. Audience- Operators, Maintenance Technicians, Engineers assisting with the line

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Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Machine Maintenance

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In this hands-on course, participants will learn many of the skills needed for machine maintenance. This course will develop your skills in performing both preventative and predictive maintenance and provide the participant the opportunity to perform motor repair/servicing. Audience- Anyone interested in learning about machine maintenance that has some mechanical background.

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Maintenance Mechanic - Facility Certificate

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This certificate program provides the technical core competencies without the general education components which can be added later.

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Maintenance Mechanic - Industrial Certificate

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This certificate program provides the technical core competencies without the general education components which can be added later.

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Maintenance Mechanic - Industrial, A.A.S.

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Students will gain a versatile background in maintenance to keep electrical/electronic and mechanical equipment in operation. Students completing this program will have skills needed to install and maintain Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) as well as mechanical, welding, blueprint reading, and computer operations.

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Hospitality Industry

Chef and Head Cook

Culinary Arts and Sustainable Food Systems Certificate

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This certificate teaches hands-on culinary skills in our state-of-the-art commercial kitchens. The certificate offers an innovative course selection that reinforces sustainable core culinary fundamentals.
The program is designed to allow a student to gain industry skills to help them excel in the workforce. In addition, courses apply directly in the culinary arts and sustainable food systems AAS program, allowing graduates to gain advanced skills.

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Culinary Arts and Sustainable Food Systems, A.A.S.

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This program of study was developed with advisory groups of chefs, farmers, food processors/distributors and food industry entrepreneurs incorporating the latest professional culinary standards. Graduates of the program will work as chefs or food entrepreneurs in a variety of settings using their “farm to table” competencies to positively impact health.
Students will spend most of their time working in a real production kitchen and food service environment, on a sustainable farm, and in an active food production and distribution facility. The curriculum is grounded at the intersection of food production, social justice, environmental sustainability, nutrition and health. Our close proximity to nursing and allied health care programs at the college and new state-of-the art facilities for culinary, food production, and urban growing environments make this a unique hands-on learning opportunity.

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Dietary Manager Certificate of Achievement

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This program of study prepares students with the education and experience necessary to perform the responsibilities of a dietary manager. These professionals work primarily in non-commercial foodservice operations to design nutritious and delicious menus, document dietary care related information, supervise staff, and ensure safe food production. Students in this program may apply coursework to the culinary arts & sustainable food systems AAS degree. As a program accredited by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals, ANFP®, graduates are eligible to sit for a nationally-recognized exam to earn the credential of certified dietary manager, Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM®, CFPP®).

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Healthcare Industry

Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygiene, A.A.S.

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The dental hygiene program prepares students to become qualified dental hygiene practitioners. A dental hygienist's primary responsibility is to promote optimal oral health through preventive and educational services. Graduates of this program are granted an Associate's of Applied Science (AAS) degree, and are eligible to take the National Board Exam in Dental Hygiene and the Regional or State Licensing Exams.
The fully-accredited dental hygiene program is an entry-level degree program that prepares graduates to take licensure exams to become a licensed dental hygienist. Dental hygienists perform risk assessments, collect data, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care to promote the oral health of both individuals as well as groups of people. One year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher in both semesters meets the requirement for CHM 100 for this program.

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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Technology Certificate

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The medical assistant technology program is a one-year certificate program. The student will be trained in the administrative and clinical skills necessary for employment in an ambulatory care setting. Upon graduation, students will be immediately eligible to sit for AAMA Certification Examination. Successful completion of this examination allows candidates to practice as a CMA (AAMA) anywhere in the United States or its territories.

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Medical Assistant Technology, A.A.S.

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This program allows the medical assistant student to earn an associate degree by completing general education requirements. This fits into the career ladder often recommended by health care employers. Students are advised to check with their employer for applicability.

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Certified Nursing Assistant

Patient Care Academy

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Students who successfully complete the academy are eligible to take the State of Michigan examination to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). CNAs are qualified for multiple job opportunities with good starting salaries. CNAs are employed by nursing homes, home healthcare agencies, hospitals, retirement communities, hospice and private homes.

This fast-paced, 7-week program, provides classroom instruction, hands on practice in a lab, real world clinical experience and acute care observation experience at a local hospital.

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Phlebotomist

Phlebotomy Technician Academy

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Phlebotomy Technician Academy is a ten-week course. The academy is in partnership with Bronson Hospital.

Students in the academy will receive training to work as phlebotomy technicians and they will work to become prepared to gain national certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The average annual salary for phlebotomists in Kalamazoo is $30,313. Phlebotomists are crucial members of many clinical teams. Students will learn to draw blood from patients and prepare it for diagnostic testing. Phlebotomists work in labs, hospitals, doctor's offices, medical surgery centers, nursing homes, and in many other settings.

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Respiratory Therapist

Resipiratory Care Practitioner, A.A.S.

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Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat, and care for patients with heart and lung diseases. Respiratory therapists manage sophisticated life-support systems for adults, children, and premature infants. Clinical experience is part of the program.

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Business Industry

Training and Development Specialist

HR Certification Exam Preparation

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An intensive 36-hour program incorporates lectures, discussions and tests to learn the HR body of knowledge. It is designed primarily for HR professionals seeking HR certification. The course materials utilized are the Human Resource Certification Preparation (HRCP) learning system. Some of the features and benefits include:

-Five modules correlating with the Body of Knowledge
-More than 600 HR QuickStudy Flash Cards color-coded for each module
-Online practice tests with over 800 questions
- Interactive discussions about real-life situations faced by HR professionals

By attending the course, participants will benefit from:

Experienced instructors
Opportunities to network and learn from your peers
A dynamic classroom environment that helps you stay on track

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269-488-4100

Address

6767 West O Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070
United States