Conestoga news

September 22, 2021 8:47 AM

New IT programs support industry demand

Conestoga’s School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology has launched two new graduate certificate programs in response to industry demand.  

The Reporting Systems and Database Development and Virtualization and Cloud Computing programs, both launched this September, will equip learners with skills to meet workforce needs in the rapidly growing information and communications technology sector.

“We are committed to supporting the needs of the communities we serve,” said Jim Edwards, chair to the School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology. “Both programs represent a demand for specialist skills to address emerging needs in an industry rich with innovative solutions.”

The Reporting Systems and Database Development program aims to enhance skills to manage and interpret data into meaningful and actionable reports. As companies continue to see value in collecting information from groups such as users, stakeholders and employees, the need to effectively capture, manage and report on data has become necessary to various business operations. Through hands-on and experiential learning, students in the two-semester program will learn how to use database technologies and integrate information into data warehouses to produce findings that demonstrate trends, risks and opportunities.

Students in the Virtualization and Cloud Computing program will gain valuable skills and knowledge to help organizations modernize information technology strategies. The adaptation of virtual machines or cloud-based applications is on the rise as businesses look for solutions to help drive cost savings, reduce infrastructure and enhance security. The two-semester program will concentrate on hands-on learning and experiential practices and techniques commonly employed in industry.

Both programs are accepting applications for winter 2022.  

Conestoga’s School of Applied Computer Science & Information Technology is based at the college’s Waterloo campus with access to one of the fastest-growing technology sectors in North America. Leading-edge programs offer a 21st-century education that prepares graduates for exciting careers in the innovative world of information and communications technology. With a strong connection to local industry, project-based and work-integrated learning enable students to solve real-world problems and engage in new technologies that empower a professional journey in a rapidly growing sector.