Technical Skills

The Technical Skills program 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

  • 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

The Technical Skills program's stacked credential approach provides students with flexibility and multiple options for completion that build upon one another. 

  • Associate of Applied Science

    To earn the two-year Associate of Applied Science, students will complete all requirements for the Certificate of Applied Science, an additional 26-34 technical credits, and a 1-credit First Aid/CPR course. 

  • Certificate of Applied Science

    The Certificate of Applied Science is awarded following completion of 30-35 credits (two semesters). Students will earn 17-22 technical credits and complete suggested core courses. 

  • Certificates of Technical Studies Tiers I-IV

    Each semester, students may earn a Certificate of Technical Studies by completing 12-15 credits in technical courses. 

Suggested Curriculum

1st Semester Certificate of Technical Studies Tier I Credits
Technical Credits
12-15
1st Semester Planning to earn CAS/AAS Credits
DCC101 Dawson College Success 1
WRIT101 College Writing I 3
CAPP131 Basic MS Office 3
Technical Credits
8-10
2nd Semester Certificate of Technical Studies Tier II Credits
Technical Credits
12-15
2nd Semester Planning to earn CAS/AAS Credits
M111 Technical Math 3
BMGT237 Human Relations in Business 3
Technical Credits
9-12
3rd Semester Certificate of Technical Studies Tier III Credits
ECP100 Standard First Aid/CPR 1
Technical Credits
11-15
3rd Semester Planning to earn AAS Credits
ECP100 Standard First Aid/CPR 1
Technical Credits
11-15
4th Semester Certificate of Technical Studies Tier IV Credits
Technical Credits
12-15
4th Semester Planning to earn AAS Credits
Technical Credits
15-18

Explore the Dawson Community College catalog for course descriptions.