Summer may be the time to relax and enjoy the beach and backyard barbeques, but it’s also a time to take advantage of tuition-free career-building courses through SBCC’s School of Extended Learning Career Skills Institute.

The Career Skills Institute offers a host of noncredit certificate programs that provide training for those looking to get a job or advance in an existing job, or wanting to hone the skills needed to grow their own business.

The career skills courses are packaged so students can earn a certificate and a digital badge demonstrating they have mastered new skills. A digital badge is a unique and portable digital representation of the certificate earned that can be posted on a person’s LinkedIn or Facebook page.

This summer, some 60 career skills classes are being offered in the areas of business, design and technology. All are tuition-free and offer an opportunity to improve skills in everything from the art of negotiation and collaboration to using Facebook for business, to understanding branding and design basics.

For the complete list of courses being offered this summer, visit

— Luz Reyes-Martin for SBCC.