Technical Skills

The Technical Skills program at Dawson Community College provides students with skills across multiple technical and trade disciplines for job placement or advancement based on their individual needs and career goals. It provides a variety of knowledge and hands-on experience for individuals looking to increase specific technical skills and soft skills. The program provides flexibility based on employer needs, and the customizable nature of the Technical Skills program allows students to come away with specialized skills and general knowledge needed for employment in a variety of high-wage fields across Montana.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of the Technical Skills program, students will:

  • Demonstrate safe workplace habits.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practical experiences for entry-level employment in trades and technical skills.
  • Demonstrate the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the ability to conceptualize ideas.
  • Gain exposure to ideas in computation, communications, and human relations.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for diversity, social responsibility, and communication.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
There are multiple credentials and certificate levels available within the Technical Skills program: Tier I certificate (12-15 credits), Tier II certificate (12-15 credits), Tier III certificate (12-15 credits), Tier IV certificate (12-15) credits, Certificate of Applied Science (30 credits), and the Associate of Applied Science (60 credits). The stacked approach provides students with flexibility and multiple options for completion that build upon one another.

Suggested Curriculum

1st Semester
Certificate of Technical Studies Tier I
Technical Credits                                          12-15
CERTIFICATE TOTAL                                12-15

Planning to earn CAS/AAS
DCC101      Dawson College Success          1
WRIT101   College Writing I                        3
CAPP131    Basic MS Office                          3
Technical Credits                                           8-10
SEMESTER TOTAL                                       15-17

2nd Semester
Certificate of Technical Studies Tier II
Technical Credits                                             12-15
CERTIFICATE TOTAL                                   12-15

Planning to earn CAS/AAS
M111           Technical Math                             3
BMGT237  Human Relations in Business   3
Technical Credits                                              9-12
SEMESTER TOTAL                                         15-18
CAS TOTAL                                                       30-35

3rd Semester
Certificate of Technical Studies Tier III
ECP100      First Aid/CPR                              1
Technical Credits                                             11-15
CERTIFICATE TOTAL                                   12-16

Planning to earn AAS
ECP100      First Aid/CPR                             1
Technical Credits                                            11-15
SEMESTER TOTAL                                       12-16

4th Semester
Certificate of Technical Studies Tier IV
Technical Credits                                            12-15
CERTIFICATE TOTAL                                  12-15

Associate of Applied Science
Technical Studies                                            15-18
SEMESTER TOTAL                                        15-18
AAS TOTAL                                                      60-67

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The customizable nature of the Technical Skills program allows students to come away with specialized skills and general knowledge needed for employment in a variety of high-wage fields across Montana. These include construction, oil, safety, transportation, technology, maintenance, agriculture, business, and other related occupations. According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, workers in the Construction & Extraction and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair fields earn average salaries above the state average ($47,190 and $44,180, respectively). Additionally, workers with an associate degree, regardless of the specific discipline, are less likely to be unemployed and make, on average, 20% more than workers with only a high school diploma.

The Technical Skills program is the only one of its kind within the Montana University System. Although most colleges and universities within the system offer certificates and degrees in general studies, there are none that target trades and technical skills.

APPLY
To learn more about admissions, cost of attendance, financial aid, and to apply for the Technical Skills program, click here.

For more information about the Technical Skills program:

Traci Masau
406-377-9418
tmasau@dawson.edu

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