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Skill Accelerators

Professional development badges at Hood College.

The Skill Accelerators program offers a unique series of non-degree professional development badges.

Digital badges are short, focused, competency-based credentials that provide in-demand skills, knowledge and experience. The Skill Accelerators program is designed for working professionals seeking to upskill and advance their careers without committing to the demands of a full graduate degree. Most badges are offered online for convenience and flexibility.

We offer badges in several focus areas, including business, computing, counseling and trauma, equity and inclusion, biotechnology and education. Topics range from finance, human resources, AI and data analytics, diversity in education and much more. Badges are offered at foundational, intermediate and advanced levels, and any badge can be applied toward a future master’s degree.

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The applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (although some badges may require a higher GPA). Professionals applying for Skill Accelerators courses should enroll using the non-degree enrollment process.

Based on the applicant’s background, the program director may apply alternative criteria for approving enrollment into the badge course. With appropriate verification of successful completion, a badge may be retroactively awarded, up to one year after completion of the course.

AI Business Essentials

Now enrolling! Our focused online course is designed to be affordable, accessible and flexible. Upskill your AI proficiency and become a leader in the tech-driven future. You will be introduced to key AI concepts from generative frameworks to data analytics. Explore the frontiers of AI with industry professionals, starting with the basics and progressing to expert-level strategies and cutting-edge applications for business.

Apply by June 30.

Learn more about AI at Hood here.

Badges are issued by Milestone™ and can be embedded on LinkedIn and similar online portfolios/resumes. Badges are verified and list the skills/competencies/credits acquired through completion of the course(s).

Reduced pricing opportunities are available for business and organizational cohorts. Content can be tailored to your organization’s needs with cohort agreements. For more information, please contact

Put AI to Work For Your Organization
April 24, 2024 | 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn how these game changing tools can elevate your career and revolutionize your workplace. View recorded event here.

Marcy Taylor ’81, MBA’00 

Coordinator, Skill Accelerators Program