Digital certification will prepare graduates for a technology-driven world

Posted: March 19, 2019

by John Hollis

George Mason University is among the first universities in the region to launch a digital certification program, which will ensure that all students—regardless of their major—have the digital skills needed to compete in today’s workforce.

The digital technology credential is being championed by the Greater Washington Partnership (GWP), a civic alliance of CEOs in the region, through its Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business (CoLAB) Consortium, a group of 12 universities and 14 leading companies who work together to position the Capital Region as a leading global hub for innovation. The curriculum will allow undergraduate students to develop the skills they need in today’s technology-driven economy while creating a broader talent pipeline for employers throughout the region.

The program emphasizes data analytics, visualization and cybersecurity, and is set according to standards defined by employers from across the region. The plan, which merges the humanities and social sciences fields with computer science, could become a national model for regional collaboration between universities and businesses.

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