Oakland Community College 



   Several different types of computer and information technology certificate programs (including online courses) are available to satisfy the needs of working professionals, transfer students, or returning students.

Traditional Certificates

  • Certificates that require the same CIS courses as associate degrees but without the non-CIS courses.
  • Certificates offered in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC).

Certificates of Achievement

  • Certificates that contain a short series of courses focused on a specific computer technology. This type of certificate may be more appropriate for working professionals seeking to add technical skills.

Courses for Professional Certification

  • Highly-structured courses (not entire certificates) designed to prepare students for industry certification exams.

   Courses offered for certificates in conjunction with MCCVLC are offered by the CIS department at Oakland Community College and/or via distance learning by other participating colleges in the MCCVLC. Students may register for the MCCVLC-supported certificate at OCC and take the certificate courses through any participating MCCVLC institution (including OCC) where online course offerings are available. Certificates of Achievement are also offered by the CIS department and are designed for working professionals who need to add a specific technical skill in a relatively short period of time.

   Professional certification courses are offered through the OCC Business Technology Center (BTC) and Economic and Workforce Development office. Industry exam preparation courses cover material from certifying organizations such as Microsoft, Cisco, Sun, Oracle, Novell, and CompTIA. Other custom-designed or technology-focused courses are also available for working professionals and local businesses. Course descriptions, registration, and related information may be obtained by contacting BTC at 248.522.3618 on the Orchard Ridge Campus or the Economic and Workforce Development office at 248.232.4000 in the M-TECSM building on the Auburn Hills campus. Information about BTC and Economic and Workforce Development programs is also available within the OCC website at www.oaklandcc.edu.