Coursework – Online Training – Immersion Programs – Certifications
Technical readiness means making sure you are up to speed and equipped with current technical skills required in a specific function or industry. Technical readiness may require refreshing or upskilling in specific subject matter, software, methodologies, laws or work practices.
When considering technical training programs, one of the most important steps is to be clear about what type of job or field you are pursuing, and the current qualifications needed. Consider these as you do your research: job descriptions, informational interviews, networking events, industry organizations, conferences, tradeshows, and hiring fairs. Remember to take industry and company size into account, and base your decision on as many data points as possible!
- NOVA/FlexProfessionals R2: Retool and Return – this partnership focuses on supporting individuals in the DC metro area who want to re-enter the workforce or transition to the fields of data analytics and cloud computing. The program combines Northern Virginia Community College’s tech training in cloud computing and data analytics with FlexProfessionals’ job-search readiness training and support. Students are able to enroll in NOVA courses at a discounted rate while accessing professional readiness workshops, one-on-one resume reviews, and mock interview support from FlexProfessionals, free of charge.
- Meteor Learning/Merrimac College Online Certificates and Masters Degrees – this partnership includes 100% online learning programs (both certificate and degree) in Accounting, Data Science, Business Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, and Management. FlexProfessionals candidates receive a 10% tuition discount when registering using the above link.
- Meteor Learning has a comprehensive suite of tech-enabled services that align post-secondary degrees with workforce requirements to optimize return on education for working professionals. The company invests in and partners with high-quality post-secondary institutions to launch and support workforce-aligned degrees. Input from the company’s dedicated employer partnerships, combined with deep expertise in competency-based online learning generates high market demand programs focused on closing skills gaps.
- edX.org was founded by MIT/Harvard with focus areas in Computer Science, Language, Data Science, Business & Management, Engineering & Humanities. Free access with a 2-wk option to enroll/pay for a certificate.
- Udacity was founded out of Stanford with focus areas in Data Science, AI, Programming, Autonomous Systems, Cloud Computing. Free to view, a fee for certificates with specializations requiring 3-4 months
- Coursera was founded by 2 Stanford Computer Science Profs with broad course areas but most popular are technical (data, programming, AI). Free to view courses, monthly subscription required for certificates
- Udemy is your place to learn real-life skills online — both technical (SEO, HTML, Java) and non-technical (yoga, guitar). Some classes are free; others are not.
- General Assembly has courses that include programs in web development, data science and analysis, user experience design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Students can choose from a range of formats and modalities including full-time and part-time, on campus, and online.
- Hubspot is a marketing, sales and service software provider that deserves mention due to their extensive training available through Hubspot Academy. Whether you are exploring the field or looking for more in-depth learning, you’ll find plenty of video classes (with certification).
- Lynda.com (aka LinkedIn Learning) offers targeted courses in specific digital marketing topics as well as learning pathways including the AMA Professional Certified Marketer in Digital Marketing pathway.
- General Assembly marketing courses include programs in digital marketing, product management, and more. Students can choose from a range of formats and modalities including full-time and part-time, on campus, and online.
- Google Primer is an app-based learning platform that offers “bite-size” information on business operations, branding, and marketing.
- Facebook Blueprint is an online resource for spot-learning about a specific marketing function or pursuing a certificate pathway. Both Facebook and Instagram are covered.
- Local and online courses through universities: with the growth of available learning paths, many universities have developed programs geared specifically toward adult learners. A few you might want to consider are the Digital Marketing Certificate program from eCornell or the Wharton Certificate in Digital Marketing available through edX.
- Intuit is the company that created QuickBooks, one of the most widely used small business accounting software packages. On their training site, you can choose from online and in-person certification programs
- Lynda.com allows you to choose classes that range from beginner to intermediate, with full program overviews as well as in-depth topics (i.e. payroll). Lynda.com also offers career transition learning paths for getting started as a bookkeeper or in accounts payable.
- The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, usually pronounced “eye-ess-cee squared,” is a highly respected, not-for-profit organization that provides security-related education and vendor-neutral certifications.
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a national organization with local chapters and they focus on helping women advance their careers and on expanding opportunities for women in engineering fields. They have both local and national events, as well as learning resources.
- IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology. They have a wealth of resources (national and local) related to education, advocacy and connecting as well as affinity groups such as Women in Engineering (WIE).
- Women in Defense (WID) is an affiliate of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), WID offers regional networking and learning events for women in careers related to national security.