Creating Paths to Jobs in the Digital Workforce
In today’s digital workforce, employers expect newly minted college graduates to have a working knowledge of data analysis, visualization, and cybersecurity.
AU is leading the DC region in developing a new generalist digital technology credential that helps students gain those skills in partnership with the Capital Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business (CoLAB).
The digital credential’s 13-credit curriculum is built from existing Kogod School of Business classes in statistics, information technology, and business professionalism. Launched in fall 2019, it is the first of several digital credential pathways, says Jill Klein, interim dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies and executive in residence for information technology and analytics.
“In keeping with our strategic goal of inclusive excellence, it was important that we had a path that any student could follow,” Klein says.
CoLAB connects AU and 11 other area universities with the Greater Washington Partnership, a consortium of business leaders from Baltimore to Richmond seeking recent graduates who have honed these vital digital skills. Students who achieve the credential will be given priority for internships and interviews at CoLAB-affiliated firms.