UW Today

June 2, 2017

Flexible Career Accelerator Program offers a professional boost

University of Washington Continuum College is re-engineering education for working adults through a new program called Career Accelerator. The program boosts critical career knowledge for professionals, helping them achieve gains in the skill areas needed in today’s global workplace, such as data analytics, data science, machine learning, programming and project management. The Career Accelerator Program tailors the UW’s nationally recognized certificates in high-demand job areas, enabling learners to accelerate their careers.

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Students in a recent Continuum College web design course.Ty Kelly/UW Continuum College

“The Career Accelerator Program puts people on the fast-track to the job they want tomorrow, or rounds-out their skills to boost their confidence in the job they have today,” said Rovy Branon, vice provost, UW Continuum College. “Offering a program in four different formats gives our students more flexibility to earn a UW certificate when, where and how it’s most convenient for them.”

Starting this fall, Career Accelerator courses will be available in four formats, including:

  • Self-paced, online – students start anytime and work at their own pace with instructional support
  • Accelerated, classroom – students complete a program in under two months in an immersive classroom-online blended format
  • Group-paced, online – students join a group of like-minded professionals online in a traditional part-time online format; courses last a quarter and certificate courses last five to nine months
  • Part-time, classroom – students attend classes one evening per week in a traditional part-time classroom format; courses last a quarter and certificate courses last five to nine months

Stephen Elston guides curriculum development for UW Continuum College data science and data analytics programs. “For companies to convert raw data into useful information, their data scientists and analysts must be versed in the best approaches to turning statistical information into meaningful, actionable insights,” said Elston, a data scientist and author who holds a Microsoft Data Most Valued Professional award. “With the Career Accelerator Program, we’re helping current and aspiring data professionals to do just that.”

Registration dates for the new course formats will be announced in mid-July. For more information or to receive updates about future Career Accelerator options visit: https://www.pce.uw.edu/career-accelerator

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