Chicago Business Journal: DeVry University launches two new technology certificate programs

Devry University designed its new Networking Essentials and Programming Essentials certificates to respond to the need to earn skills-based credentials more quickly.
By I-Chun Chen  – Staff Reporter,
Sep 14, 2020, 4:10pm EDT
Devry University is launching two new technology certificate programs aimed at helping working professionals update their skills to adapt to new ways of doing business during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

The Downers Grove, Illinois-based for-profit university said designed its new Networking Essentials and Programming Essentials certificates to respond to the need to earn skills-based credentials more quickly.

The Networking Essentials certificate aims to teach students how organizations and businesses are networked to exchange and secure information. Coursework will help prepare students for industry certifications, including CompTIA Network+ and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). Students can earn this certificate in as few as 12 months, DeVry said.

The 10-month Programming Essentials program is designed to teach students to write code and create applications using industry-recognized programming languages like Python and C#. This certificate introduces students to essential programming and coding concepts while helping prepare them to seek industry certifications such as CompTIA’s LINUX+ and Microsoft’s Technology Associate (MTA) - Python.

DeVry said no prior IT experience is required for admissions into these certificate programs. They can be earned as a standalone academic credential and also serve as entry points into a higher degree program. Upon completion, the credits apply to qualifying associate and bachelor’s degrees, allowing degree-seeking students to earn credentials along the way.

“Our certificate programs are designed to allow students to experience hands-on learning with curriculum aligned to industry certifications, and prepare them to sit for a host of certification exams,” Shantanu Bose, provost and chief academic officer of DeVry University, said in a statement. “And once students complete a certificate program, they are equipped with up-to-date skills that can be applied immediately in the workforce. Every course taken applies toward qualifying associate and bachelor’s degrees to continue supporting students in gaining relevant workplace skills as quickly as possible.”

Founded in 1931, DeVry University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite in 18 states and online within its six areas of study: accounting, business, healthcare, technology, liberal arts, and media arts and technology. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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