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November 7, 2014 4:25 PM

Program provides women with a new career start

A new graduate certificate program at Conestoga is helping women across our community gain the skills and training that will help them launch careers in business analysis.

Information Technology Business Analysis is designed for unemployed or underemployed women who have previously graduated from a recognized diploma or degree program. Focused on the development of business analysis skills as well as employability and workplace preparation, the program includes 39 weeks of in-class instruction as well as 12 weeks of practical on-the-job training.

The program is funded through the Ontario Women’s Directorate and is free for qualified applicants.

According to program coordinator Carol Schlievert, there is growing demand in many industries for professionals with the skills and knowledge to analyze complex business data and develop IT solutions that will solve challenges, improve efficiency and make businesses run more smoothly.

Although many sectors, including manufacturing, finance, insurance, government and health care, are currently seeking business analysts, there are few post-secondary programs available that focus on the profession’s critical skills areas such as project management, software integration, business data analysis and modeling, customer engagement management, business processes, enterprise resource planning and social media.

Students can prepare specifically for careers in the insurance industry through a dedicated insurance elective, or complete a work case study in an area that is aligned with their skills and background.

The first intake of the program began in October, attracting women from a variety of backgrounds, including internationally trained individuals and new Canadians who are seeking additional training in order to apply their skills and find meaningful careers.

On November 26, the program will host a special Career Connections event for current students. The event will feature business analysts from a variety of industries who will answer questions and provide insights on career opportunities in the field.

Applications are now open for the next intake of the program, which will begin in February 2015. Information sessions are scheduled through November and December to provide potential applicants with more information about this exciting career opportunity.

For more information, visit the program website, contact itba@conestogac.on.ca or call 519-748-5220 ext. 8060

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