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The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs focused on broadly on information technology, including networks, computer technology and digital information services.

Our classes and programs cover building and maintaining digital networks, including network management and security; computer technologies, including hardware and software; and digital information services including coding and development.

We also focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use and implementation across multiple fields.

Classes

Visit our online registration portal to view the latest IT, GIS & Coding classes available for registration.

Programs

Certificate Options

LERN 3D Printing Certificate for Educators
Overview

There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy.

Course of Study

Program consists of two one-month courses:

Introduction to 3D Printing

The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations there are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware.

3D Printed Science and Math: Visualizations and Experiments

The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

LERN Basic Game Design Certificate
Overview

Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This Certificate provides you with a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment.

In the first course, you will discover resources for developing game design, identify the mechanics and verbs used in different games. You will come away with knowing the different activities that are part of game design, being able to flesh out a game idea in order to increase the chances to having a successful game design experience, and have a basic understanding of how to work with game developers.

In the second course, you will you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

By successfully completing this Certificate in Basic Game Design, you will have taken the first steps into understanding game design, and being able to create your own games.

Course of Study

Program consists of two one-month courses:

Introduction to Game Design

Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it can be applied in your field.

Intermediate Video Game Design

Worldwide, video game sales including consoles, and online and mobile games are projected to reach $111 billion dollars this year. Mobile games are the fastest-growing segment of the market as more and more people play casual games. By 2019 Price Warehouse predicts social and casual game sales will exceed traditional game sales. In this intermediate introductory course you will learn the basics of video game design process, learn about the main video game genres, and use a game development application to begin your journey of making games.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

IT Security Essentials Certificate
About the Certificate

This certificate program is designed to develop the core knowledge and functional competencies required to work in the cutting-edge and rapidly evolving fields of information security.

This certificate will be of interest to individuals just starting their career; career changers seeking to achieve advancement; managers and end users requiring a more in-depth understanding of information security and data protection; and seasoned practitioners seeking to round out their knowledge and attain a credential to demonstrate in-depth functional understanding.

Students who complete the program will earn a noncredit certificate as well as CEUs. You may register a la carte in individual classes ($495 per 10-hour class) or in the certificate course, which includes all three classes ($1,295, representing a $190 savings over a la carte enrollment).

The certificate is designed for:

  • IT professionals, IT managers, systems and network administrators
  • Information security professionals
  • Business professionals interested in IT security
  • Legal and regulatory professionals
  • Risk analysts and managers, privacy analysts and specialists
  • Career switchers seeking professional training
Key Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the role information security plays in organizations
  • Analyze organization’s data security needs
  • Provide effective data security solutions
  • Secure a network and servers
  • Handle information and data security incidents
  • Manage the defense and protection of vital company information from attack using the latest technologies and strategies.
  • Investigate the types of external and internal threats that can compromise customer data, employee personal information and digitized intellectual property.
  • Examine effective policies for mitigating risks
  • Learn how to implement security and remediation measures across an entire organization.
Earning the Certificate

No application is required. Simply register for one of the required courses and confirm your interest in earning the certificate as part of the course registration process. Or register for the certificate program, which enrolls you in all three required courses, to save on the total enrollment fee.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the required certificate courses.
  • Pass the learning outcomes assessment (LOA) in each course.
  • If you register for the certificate program, complete the required courses within 3 months.
  • If you register for individual courses, complete the required courses within 18 months.

The program has been designed for students to complete all three required courses in three months. Student may take up to 18 months to complete the certificate requirements.

Courses

This certificate requires three courses, recommended to be taken in the following sequence:

  1. Introduction to Information Security
  2. Introduction to Networking and Security
  3. Securing Your Enterprise

If you register for the IT Security Essentials Certificate Program, you’ll complete all three courses in the order above. 

LERN Web Design Certificate
Overview

Online users say a website’s design is the number one criteria for deciding whether a company is credible or not, according to recent research. Understanding what it takes to produce effective web design is essential in today’s market of highly saturated digital competition.

First discover the basics of web design using HTML and CSS. The No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is required. After the first course you will have the info you need to plan and design effective web pages. Then find out how to create effective and dynamic websites/applications. Take away a functioning web application hosted on a web server that is both accessible and search engine optimized. Finally, learn about responsive design process, advanced layout and design features using the Bootstrap framework. Plus explore CMS frameworks and industry standard technologies and frameworks.

Course of Study

Program consists of three one-month courses:

Introduction to Web Design

Discover the basics of web design using HTML and CSS. The No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is required. Throughout the course you will get the info you need to plan and design effective web pages. Come away knowing how to implement web pages by writing HTML and CSS code. And discover ways to enhance web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, and images.

Intermediate Web Design

Anyone wanting to find out how to create effective and dynamic websites/applications will want to take this course. You may be a webmaster or a graphic designer already creating static websites wishing to take your skills to the next level. You will acquire the fundamentals of the most popular Web 2.0 technologies.You will take away a functioning web application hosted on a web server that is both accessible and Search Engine Optimized.

Advanced Web Design

Acquire advanced techniques in web design. Upon completion of this course, you will have a thorough knowledge of web design and development. Topics include the responsive design process, advanced layout and design features using the Bootstrap framework, exploration of CMS frameworks and industry standard technologies and frameworks.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

LERN WordPress Certificate
Overview

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) for website and blog design.

During the first week you will learn or refresh your knowledge of all the initial steps and the required elements for having a website. Then find out how to build a simple WordPress website or blog. Topics include introduction to CMS, WordPress installation and setup, page and content creation, administration, themes (selection, purchase, installation and setup), working with widgets and plugins, and more.

Finally, acquire advanced knowledge about WordPress options and features. You will learn how to modify WordPress web pages by hand-coding, learn about simple yet effective search engine optimization (SEO) techniques that improve your website ranking, and much more.

After successfully completing the WordPress Certificate you will know how to build a WordPress website or blog, customize your WordPress site by hand-coding HTML, CSS, and PHP, know necessary regular WordPress maintenance, create WordPress website backup, and know how to apply SEO techniques in WordPress.

Course of Study

Available only as a certificate consisting of three one-month modules:

1. Website Setup

All the initial steps and the required elements for having a website, including process of registering a domain name, signing up for a host company, pointing your domain to the host and getting ready for website design in WordPress. One week course.

2. WordPress Fundamentals

After successfully completing this course, you will know how to build a simple WordPress website or blog. Topics include introduction to CMS, WordPress installation and setup, page and content creation, administration, themes (selection, purchase, installation and setup), working widgets and plugins, and more. Four week course.

3. Advanced WordPress

Now that you have learned how to set up a WordPress website, it's time to learn advanced options and features of WordPress. You will learn how to modify WordPress web pages by hand-coding. You'll also learn about simple yet effective SEO techniques that improve your website ranking. We will also cover very important on-going site maintenance and site security. Four week course.

Additional details available on the LERN UGotClass portal.

Online Partnership

Online Provider Partnership

The School partners with the Learning Resource Network (LERN) to provide this certificate program. LERN is an international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs. Visit our custom learning portal.

Contact Us

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Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
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