Foundation Skills for Technology

Foundation Skills For Technology Program

If you're looking to build or strengthen your technology skills prior to pursuing a full degree, our online Foundation Skills in Technology Undergraduate Certificate can help you learn essential math, writing, and computer skills. Through flexible online classes, you'll become confident in your skills and earn college credits that are transferrable to Penn Foster's Engineering Technology Associate Degree.

  • This undergraduate certificate program is designed to provide students with the essential academic skills and technology background necessary for success in an AS-level engineering or technology degree program.
  • Students build essential math, writing, and computer skills, as well as a solid foundation in the interpretation of technical drawings and physical sciences.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to develop effective quantitative skills by solving math problems using knowledge of the metric system, mathematical formulas, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  2. How to develop proficient computer and information literacy skills and a fundamental understanding of how the internet works.
  3. How to understand and interpret the basics of technical and construction drawings, blueprints, and computer-aided designs.
  4. How to write effectively for technology and college-level assignments including a review of basic grammar, such as parts of speech, active and passive voices, complete sentences vs. sentence fragments, and parallel construction.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Foundation Skills in Technology Outcomes

In our online Foundation Skills in Technology Undergraduate Certificate, you will create a solid academic foundation to promote success in future college-level studies in technology-related fields. The course credits earned with this program are transferable toward an Associate of Science Degree in Technology at Penn Foster. Completing a certificate alone, however, won't necessarily qualify you for employment but is instead an option to refresh skills you already have, build new skills, or prepare for higher education.

Foundation Skills for Technology Curriculum

  • 6 courses
  • 16 credits

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 9 months
  • Average time = 12 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In our Foundation Skills in Technology courses, you'll learn fundamental math, writing, and computer skills that can serve as a foundation for pursuing further education in technology and engineering degree programs. Your online classes include:

  • Orientation to Engineering Technology
  • Math for STEM
  • Essential Computer Skills
  • Introduction to Technical Drawings

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Foundation Skills in Tech Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Foundation Skills in Technology Undergraduate Certificate Program can help prepare you for the first step toward furthering your education in technology or engineering. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Jermaine H.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

“I needed Penn Foster to get my feet in the door of a career of my choice. Penn Foster helped with that in a tremendous way...”

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Foundation Skills for Technology Tuition

Take the first steps toward furthering your education and building new skills with our online Foundation Skills in Technology Undergraduate Certificate Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Our Proven Technology Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Webinars and discussion boards


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Foundational Skills for Technology Undergraduate Course FAQs

What are basic technology skills?

Basic technology skills include a foundational understanding of math, computer applications, and science. Depending on which career path in technology you want to pursue, you may need more advanced information technology or engineering technology skills. The Foundation Skills in Technology Certificate covers the essentials that can prepare students to further their education in a technology-focused degree program.

Who should take the foundation skills for technology course?

The Foundation Skills in Technology Undergraduate Certificate is geared toward students who want to build essential math, science, and writing skills while earning college credits. The program is best for those who wish to pursue a degree later in engineering, information sciences, or another tech-focused subject.

What is the average salary for a worker within IT?

The average salary for someone working in IT can vary widely based on your education, your job title, experience, and the company you work for. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $97,430 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.* It's important to note that this salary range includes occupations with qualifications that range from a high school diploma to graduate degrees.

Is IT an in-demand career?

As we come to rely on technology more and more, those skilled in its various applications will be in demand. Whether you're working in IT, engineering, or another tech-based field, you can expect to have a variety of job opportunities available.