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June 26, 2016 11:31 AM

Program provides free skills training for women

Conestoga is now accepting applications for the Information Technology Training for Women Business Analysis program starting in September at Conestoga’s Doon campus.  

This graduate certificate program is designed for unemployed or underemployed women who have previously earned a diploma or degree in Information Technology. Through case studies, industry projects and practical work experience, students will develop critical skills in the areas of application software, business data analysis and modeling, customer engagement management, business processes and enterprise resource planning in order to launch successful careers in business analysis.

Funded by the Ontario government, the program includes 27 weeks of in-class study and eight weeks of on-the-job training. Free tuition and books are available to eligible applicants who must possess a diploma, advanced diploma or degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Programming or have related industry/professional experience.

Two intakes have successfully completed the program since its inception in 2014 and program coordinator Carol Schlievert said there is a growing need for graduates in the region. “Different sectors are hiring, but we’ve found there is a specific need for business analysts in the region’s insurance industry,” said Schlievert. “For this third intake we made the insurance course mandatory, rather than offer it as an elective, because of that demand.”

The following Information sessions are scheduled throughout the summer to provide potential applicants with more details about the program and the career opportunities it presents:

Call 519-748-5220 ext. 8060 or visit the program website for more information.

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