Program Overview

Richland College currently offers a Personal Computer User Level 1 Certificate as part of their Computer Information Technology Program.  This program provides basic training for individuals who wish to gain knowledge and understanding of computer functions such as word processing, database, presentation graphics, and PC operating systems.  Upon graduation, students will be able to use computer software on a basic level.  Students also may prepare for individual Microsoft Office certifications exams.  

This program requires 20 credit hours and can be completed with two semesters.  Classes include topics on business applications, word processing, integrated software applications, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics.  Certain classes may be substituted for others if the student demonstrates proper current computer literacy.  Students who have previously taken certain Microsoft Office certification exams may be eligible to receive credit for equivalent courses.  If a student wishes to transfer to a four year-school, he/she should consult with an advisor on the ability to transfer these courses.

Besides gaining skills for personal use, this certificate can provide valuable employment advancements.  Because companies and institutions are relying more and more on computer applications to manage and advance their data, people who are proficient in several specific computer applications are in demand.  Microsoft Office Specialists is a certification program for using the Microsoft Office Suite to business applications, which can be a large advantage in any company that uses Microsoft extensively.  These certifications often require exams (please see the advisor for details).

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Richland College is a public, two-year community college located in Dallas, Texas. Richland is a part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). The school was founded in 1972 and is currently the largest school in the DCCCD. Richland helps students build their future through courses that can be applied to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, one- or two-year certificates in a number of career fields, and training in the latest technology for students who want to advance in their current careers.

    RC offers associate's degrees and career development certificates from the following departments:

    • Business
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts
    • Mathematics, Science and Health Professions
    • Social Sciences
    • World Languages, Cultures and Communications

    RC offers a variety of day, evening, weekend, and online courses leading to over 100 degrees.


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