Unleash your potential with Central State University's state-of-the-art certificate programs

Posted Feb 26 2024
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Central State University Workforce Development is pleased to announce its partnership with Coursera, a global online learning platform, to introduce innovative certificate programs to elevate professional growth and prepare students for in-demand careers.

The best part? It’s absolutely free for residents of Montgomery, Clark, and Greene counties in Ohio, and there are no prerequisites!

"Whether you're aiming to break into a new industry or climb the ladder in your current field, these certificates are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel," said CSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Director of the 1890 Land Grant Programs Morakinyo Kuti, Ph.D.

Through this initiative, students, faculty, and staff will have access to Career Academy on Coursera, which includes 45 professional certificates designed by the world’s leading companies, such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, Meta, and Salesforce, to train students without prior work experience for high-growth entry-level jobs.

Terry Muff
Terry Muff, Ph.D.

This will allow students to dive into a diverse array of professional certificate options spanning IT, cybersecurity, data analytics, digital marketing, software development, project management, sales, human resources, and more. From IT Support to Cybersecurity Analyst, Data Science to UX Design, and Career Coach and Navigator, programs cater to a wide range of career aspirations. Hands-on projects and interactive assessments allow students to apply their skills in real-world scenarios and practice using workplace tools.

“Google is proud that Central State University will offer the Google Career Certificates program to students,” said Amanda Brophy, director, Grow with Google. “We’re excited that this program will help students prepare for the amazing job opportunities in Ohio.”

“Choose from flexible learning options, including asynchronous online courses or in-person classes at our Dayton campus, all to be completed within four months. In-person sessions run for 90 minutes, with no fees for students attending in person,” said the project director, Terry Muff, Ph.D., of the Central State University Workforce Training and Business Development Center.

Participants will receive a certificate for every course and professional certificate program they complete, enabling learners to earn multiple stackable certificates, enhancing their qualifications, and opening up new career pathways.

Morakinyo Kuti ,Ph.D.

Whether you're aiming to break into a new industry or climb the ladder in your current field, these certificates are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel.

Morakinyo Kuti, Ph.D.
VP, Research and Economic Development, and Director, 1890 Land Grant Programs

According to research by Coursera, 86% of college students strongly agree that a Professional Certificate will help them get a job. The report also found that U.S. employers viewed job candidates with credentials more favorably. Specifically, 92% of employers believe micro-credentials help a candidate stand out. In comparison, 85% of employers are more likely to hire a graduate who has a degree and a professional certificate.

Seize the opportunity to elevate your professional journey with Central State University Workforce Development's cutting-edge certificate programs. Enroll today and embark on the path to a thriving career!

For more information, contact Ashley Browning, assistant project director, Workforce Training and Business Development Center, at abrowning@centralstate.edu, or Muff at 937-376-6604 or tmuff@centralstate.edu

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