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NDSU launches technology training initiative

The effort is to expand career pathways and meet workforce needs.

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North Dakota State University is offering new online certificates to increase access to technology skills training for industry-recognized programs, which the school says will create new pathways to high-earning careers in the technology industry and help meet the workforce needs of the state.
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FARGO, N.D. • North Dakota State University says it is now offering new online certificates to increase access to technology skills training for industry-recognized programs such programs as Amazon Web Services, Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega.

The courses offered through the partnership will create new pathways to high-earning careers in the technology industry and help meet the workforce needs of the state, according to a news release on Monday, Sept. 12.

“As an institution that is deeply committed to the career outcomes of our graduates, we are constantly in search of innovative approaches to help the NDSU community navigate today’s increasingly tech-driven economy,” Provost Margaret Fitzgerald said in the prepared statement.

“By expanding access to technology certification courses, we’re furthering our commitment to provide practical education and support that both reflects the booming digital transformation occurring in the workplace, and boosts economic mobility for our students and alumni.”

According to the school, the certifications are designed for students and professionals at any stage of their educational or career journeys, with many offering flexibility and one-on-one mentoring and training from industry-certified instructors.

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The school said the courses consist of two tracks: The Accelerator Program provides online, asynchronous and instructor-led training courses to help students gain certification in in-demand technologies; and the Emerging Tech Program, which hires, trains and certifies entry-level technology talent over the course of 10-12 weeks, before deploying them at Fortune 500 companies and federal contractors.

Start dates and cost are dependent on the course. A full list of course options is available online.

“This unique approach to technology training will enable our students and community members to accelerate their careers and earning potential,” said Stacy Duffield, director of the NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning.

“This is about not only empowering our learners with the skills they need, but also creating new pools of talent for our workforce, benefiting our economy and improving the quality of life for our communities.”

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