The KU Edwards Campus will launch two new certificate programs in the Fall 2016 through KU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The certificates will address job market and industry demands.
In the fast-paced world of engineering and IT, timely and accessible education is critical. Earning an engineering certificate is a fast way for students to enhance credentials and stand out in this growing field. The two new certificate programs are Information Security and Assurance (ISA) and Software Engineering and Management (SE).
“The ISA certificate responds to the growing demand for security professionals. Information security is critical in today’s world to protect data, computer systems, and networks from unauthorized access. With growing interest from employers, we recognize the need for enhanced training in information security,” said Victor Frost, distinguished professor and chair of KU’s EECS Department.
The ISA certificate is designed to provide advanced knowledge of information security concepts, governance and security technologies, for networks and computer systems. KU’s EECS department has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. In addition, KU received a $4.7 million, five-year Scholarship For Service (SFS) grant in January 2016 from the National Science Foundation, enabling the KU School of Engineering to educate cyber defense experts, making America stronger in an era of rising cyberattacks.
As the need grows to protect data and computer systems, so does the demand for highly-skilled software engineers. The SE certificate is especially applicable for individuals with an interest in software development, project management, and quality assurance.
“The SE certificate is developed so local professionals and practitioners can successfully participate in the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of complex software systems. It will expand opportunities for career advancement, increase job confidence, and enhance professional credibility,” said Hossein Saiedian, director of information technology graduate programs in KU’s EECS department.
A recent market study report conducted by Initiative, Inc., found the greater Kansas City region does not have enough software development and systems engineers to support the growing need. Because software pervades practically all aspects of economy and its use in critical applications, demand for highly-skilled software engineers remains strong.
Businesses and employees recognize certificates offer a higher level of expertise in a cost-effective manner – often a level of expertise specifically tailored for professional positions. Certificates save time and money for all parties involved, making it easier for businesses and employees to obtain skill sets needed to advance. These new certificate programs offer flexible schedules, catering to working professionals’ needs.
The Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) is funding the new certificates at KU Edwards Campus. JCERT is a Johnson County initiative enhancing the economic future of the area by generating funds for higher education and degree offerings.