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New certificates provide skills for emerging fields

Amp up your career with a data science, web development, social media writing, event management or advanced accounting program


This fall, Sheridan College’s Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies is rolling out five new certificates that, says the Faculty’s associate dean, will provide students with the skill set to partake in trending and emerging areas — whether by adding clout to an already existing career or launching a new one.

“While these programs vary,” says Michael Cassidy of Sheridan’s new data science, front end web development, social media writing, event management and advanced certificate in accounting and finance programs, “they can all be used to compliment an already existing area of expertise or allow learners to launch specific careers in these areas.

“For example, data science, which examines small to big data analysis, will benefit someone in a managerial role but is also an area in which there is a demand for professionals who can offer effective strategies for company growth and guide business strategies based on data analysis.”

With the advanced certificate in accounting and finance, for example, Cassidy says Sheridan, which is one of the only colleges in the province to deliver such a program, saw the need to offer a pathway to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Meanwhile, social media writing and front end web development address the constantly growing area of web-based careers, and event management hopes to fill the shortage of professionals who understand the facilitation of effective face-to-face engagement. 

“What’s critical to ensuring that we provide learners with the skills they need is the ongoing assessments of employability that we conduct when it comes our offerings,” he says. “We’re always updating the appropriateness and relevance of courses.”

The Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies, Cassidy says, reexamines and adds to its offerings each semester based on the advice of professional advisory committees, faculty members who still work in their fields, research, and conversations with community stakeholders and employers.

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