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Students seeking a career in the Fire Service can receive a certification required to work as a fire fighter in the State of Texas. By completing this AAS degree, students are eligible to take the State exam. The demand for firefighters is increasing, and those with certification and an associate degree have an educational advantage over those with a basic certification. These awards meet the educational need for advanced certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
This certificate addresses the role of the Forensic Accountant and Fraud Examiner. Curriculum includes specialized topics in accounting as well as investigative techniques on how to collect, analyze, and evaluate evidential matter, and to interpret and communicate findings. These are important skills when calculating damages in court cases or lawsuits. Graduates of the Accounting Program seeking further training in Forensic Accounting may pursue this certificate.
Geographic Information Science works in partnership with industry to provide quality workforce education in the new, rapidly expanding fields of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The programs use up-to-date technology and afford students a wide variety of employment opportunities in the corporate world and government agencies. GIS specialists work with GIS computer programs that enable the user to create maps and other graphics that can be layered with other data.
Students may complete the GIS certificate or may apply for up to 15 hours of advanced placement of GIS credit based on successful completion of 36 months of work experience reviewed by the program chair.
The Hair Weaving Entrepreneur certificate prepares the student with the training and skills necessary to work as a specialist in hair weaving and braiding in the natural hair care industry or a styling salon. Students are trained in hair additions, wigs and hairpieces, basic hair weaving including hair weaving repair and removal of weft, sizing and finishing hair ends by hand or the use of mechanical equipment.
The Health Care Career Academy (HCCA) educates students about the health care industry in preparation for entry-level employment and selection of an appropriate educational program. Students will explore and determine their personal fit to various occupations within the health care industry and create a health career educational plan to achieve their professional goals. All learning and skill developments will be completed in preparation for entry-level employment and completion of a health career program leading to certification, licensure, and/or degree.
The entry level health information analyst certificate leading to the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology will prepare the completer for an entry level clerical position in a medical record or health information department.
The Health Information Technology program offers students four levels of completion: a two-year Health Information Technology AAS, a one-year Health Information Coding certificate, a nine-month Health Information Analysis certificate and a Cancer Data Management certificate. The following courses: BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101, BIOL 2302, BIOL 2102 are prerequisites for admission to the Health Information Coding Certificate Program. Total Credits Prereq Semester - 8.
The Health Information Technology program offers students four levels of completion: a two-year Health Information Technology AAS, a one-year Health Information Coding certificate, a nine-month Health Information Analysis certificate and a Cancer Data Management certificate. The following courses HPRS 1201, BIOL 2404, ENGL 1301 are prerequisites for admission to the Health Information Technology- AAS program. Total Credits Prereq Semester - 9
The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program is designed to train individuals in the field of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment, maintenance and repair and in the use of EPA-approved recovery equipment. Individuals satisfying course competencies have career opportunities in a variety of job classifications such as service and repair of residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems. All seeking employment as air conditioning/refrigeration technicians must pass an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification test. HCC recommends students pass this test before completing the program.