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New Courses and Programs from MIT xPRO

Professional Certification in Cybersecurity - June 30, 2021:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fighting the Cybersecurity Threat:

MIT xPRO Launches New Professional Certification in Cybersecurity in Collaboration with Emeritus

24-Week Course, Launching June 30, Provides Personalized Training for the

Four Million-Plus Unfilled Cybersecurity Jobs Globally

BOSTON – June 10, 2021 – With ransomware, malware, phishing and other cyber-attacks threatening the security of companies, government entities, and organizations across the globe, a timely new Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity will launch on June 30 from MIT xPRO. The intensive 24-week online learning program, delivered through Emeritus, trains professionals to mitigate and combat digital security threats, and builds upon recognized security principles from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

Led by eight faculty from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and its Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the new MIT xPro Cybersecurity course will begin with a study of baseline fundamentals, setting the stage for deeper dives into offensive and defensive methods and practices. It also covers hardware and software threats, cloud security, cryptography, privacy concerns, and legal responsibilities, and provides the framework, scope of knowledge, and tools to equip individuals for cybersecurity jobs worldwide.

“With more than 500,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States, and more than four million globally, there is a dire need for well-educated and highly skilled cybersecurity professionals across both the private and public sectors,” said Dr. Keri Pearlson, Executive Director of the research group Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS). “We are proud to play an important role in helping train a vital future workforce, with highly specific skills and knowledge.”

Delivered through Emeritus, the course engages learners through online video lectures, interactive text lessons, and practical exercises based on real case scenarios. Coursework will be supplemented by guest speakers from within the industry, and potential employers seeking promising job candidates. Of particular note, the course – which requires a commitment of 15-20 hours per week – includes personalized feedback from experienced cybersecurity practitioners in a supportive environment, as well as live weekly office hours with program facilitators, career coaches, and industry mentors. 

“It is evident that cybersecurity threats are not only on the rise, but, increasingly, have the grave potential to significantly upend daily lives and routines,” said Lisa Rohrer, Head of University Partnerships for Emeritus. “We are pleased to once again collaborate with MIT on a world-class affordable and accessible program that helps answer the call for highly trained individuals who can help businesses and government entities, alike, protect against what are truly significant threats.”

MIT xPRO: Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity is geared for both those without prior experience, and those with a working knowledge of computer science who want to specialize in protective standards. The course is now open for application; to learn more, visit https://executive-ed.xpro.mit.edu/professional-certificate-cybersecurity.

About MIT xPRO 

MIT xPRO’s online learning programs leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere. Designed using cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of learning, MIT xPRO programs are application-focused, helping professionals build their skills on the job. To explore the full catalog of MIT xPRO courses and programs, visitxpro.mit.edu.

About Emeritus

Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies, and governments around the world. It does this by collaborating with more than 50 top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, India, and China.  Emeritus’ short courses, degree programs, boot camps, and senior executive programs help individuals learn new skills and transform their lives, companies, and organizations. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology, curriculum innovation, and hands-on instruction from senior faculty, mentors, and coaches educates more than 100,000 students per year across 80 countries. Founded in 2015, Emeritus, part of the Eruditus Group, has more than 1,000 employees globally and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Palo Alto, Mexico City, New York, London, and Dubai. The company has raised over $160 million in capital and is backed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Sequoia India, Leeds Illuminate, and Prosus Ventures. Learn more at Emeritus.org and Emeritus LinkedIn.

Media Contacts:

Janine Liberty, jliberty@mit.edu

Julie Horn for Emeritus, Juliet_Horn@dkcnews.com

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Professional Certificate in Coding for Women - April 01, 2021:

MIT xPRO, in collaboration with Emeritus, is launching a version of its Professional Certificate in Coding to create a unique learning experience for women to launch a career as a software developer or build on existing technical skills for a high-growth market.

Research shows that the presence of women on technical teams increases their collective problem-solving ability and creativity. As an institution, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been striving for gender parity in science and technology for more than two decades. MIT’s female undergraduate population has risen to nearly 50 percent of total enrollments and this growth has been sustained across almost every department and school. Building on this achievement, MIT xPRO wants to increase diversity in software by minimizing barriers to entry.

The MIT xPRO Professional Certificate in Coding for Women (online) is an immersive 32-week course that covers the full technology stack – from front-end to back-end development—using the MERN stack, a JavaScript-based framework that is extremely popular across industries.

With employment for software developers projected to grow 22% from 2019 to 2029 (according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics), MIT xPRO’s latest offering for women is designed to create more options to meet the growing demand for software developers who can leverage the power of technology for their organizations. With this online offering, women anywhere in the world can develop the skills to be a full-stack developer—gaining both the tools and the confidence to advance careers in software development.

This program is led by John R. Williams, Professor of Information Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Abel Sanchez, research scientist and executive director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center. Dr. Sanchez’s organization, Beautiful Patterns, has run several successful pilots in Latin America to develop computational thinking programs for women. The Professional Certificate in Coding for Women program requires 15-20 hours of commitment per week, and includes hundreds of coding demos from these renowned MIT faculty and integrated coding assignments to assist women in building composite skills. The journey includes personalized feedback in a supportive environment, live weekly office hours with women program facilitators career coaches, industry mentors, and the opportunity to develop a GitHub portfolio for potential employers.

Computer Science and Engineering – two of the most lucrative STEM fields – remain male dominated. It’s time to close the gap and give women equal opportunities to pursue and thrive in STEM careers.” says TC Haldi, Senior Director, MIT xPRO.

With the average software developer salary trending at USD 114K (according to Dice’s 2020 Tech Salary report), to meet the primary goal of providing the most in-demand skills, learning collaborator Emeritus provides career preparation guidance to help women navigate a career path into tech, combat imposter syndrome, and build a compelling set of career documents such as resumes and cover letters. Further, participants will learn strategies for building their network both in-person and remotely.

“The MIT xPRO Professional Certificate in Coding for Women was conceived as an opportunity to remove barriers between women and high-growth tech careers. By providing a program that is affordable, accessible, and supportive, we strive to help create new opportunities for women in reaching their full potential.” says Erin Rosenblatt, Director, Professional Certificates at Emeritus.

This 32-week course has flexible payment and financing options that allow learners to pay the program fee in installments as low as $25 a month. The course starts on April 30, 2021 and is open for enrollment now through Emeritus.

About MIT xPRO

MIT xPRO’s online learning programs leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere. Designed using cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of learning, MIT xPRO programs are application-focused, helping professionals build their skills on the job. To explore the full catalog of MIT xPRO courses and programs, visit: xpro.mit.edu.

About Emeritus (https://emeritus.org)

Emeritus offers professional education courses in collaboration with top-ranked universities: MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth, Wharton, UC Berkeley, Cambridge, London Business School, and others. Using technology and curriculum innovation, Emeritus enables working professionals to access a top-tier, affordable education that will give them the skills needed to be the business leaders of tomorrow. Emeritus’ global team includes 600+ employees located in Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Mexico City, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, and Singapore.

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Professional Certificate in Coding - November 9, 2020:

MIT xPRO, in collaboration with Emeritus, has launched a Professional Certificate in coding to help aspiring developers secure market-ready skills for a high-growth career

With employment for software developers projected to grow 22% from 2019 to 2029 (according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics), MIT xPRO’s latest full-stack coding program is designed to meet the growing demand for software developers who can leverage the power of technology for their organizations.

With this online offering, learners anywhere in the world can master web development, front-end development and React, and back-end development from MIT faculty—gaining both the tools and the edge to advance careers in software development.

MIT xPRO’s latest program is led by John R. Williams, Professor of Information Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Abel Sanchez, research scientist and executive director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center. Williams and Sanchez teach the MERN stack (MongoDB, Express, React, and Node.js) with ReachJS, as they believe it is the best stack for a smooth, ultra-efficient development process.

The program requires 15-20 hours of commitment per week, and includes hundreds of coding demos from renowned MIT faculty and integrated coding assignments to assist participants in building composite skills. The program also offers personalized feedback, live weekly office hours with program leaders, and the opportunity for learners to develop a GitHub portfolio to showcase their coding skills and stand out in a competitive employment market.

“The demand for skilled coders who can streamline business operations is skyrocketing. Technical professionals need access to market-ready coding skills, research-backed formalized training, and a valued certificate to stand out. We are excited to offer this valuable program to aspiring and practicing software developers to help them shape successful careers,” says Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning at MIT.

With the average software developer salary trending at USD 114K (according to Dice’s 2020 Tech Salary report), to meet the primary goal of providing the most in-demand skills, learning collaborator Emeritus will offer career preparation guidance to help participants navigate a career path into tech, craft an elevator pitch, and promote their skills effectively.

“Learning to code opens up career opportunities in a technology-driven world, and at Emeritus, we are excited to collaborate with MIT xPRO in helping furthering this vision,” says Shaun Dubash, Senior Director at Emeritus. “MIT has been at the forefront of technology innovation and with the launch of this course, aspiring professionals from across the world will have the opportunity to learn from one of the leading technology institutions in the world.”

Priced at USD 6,950, this 32-week course has flexible payment and financing options that allow learners to pay the program fee in installments that are as low as $25 a month. The course starts on December 16, 2020 and is open for enrollment now through Emeritus.

About MIT xPRO

MIT xPRO’s online learning programs leverage vetted content from world-renowned experts to make learning accessible anytime, anywhere. Designed using cutting-edge research in the neuroscience of learning, MIT xPRO programs are application-focused, helping professionals build their skills on the job. To explore the full catalog of MIT xPRO courses and programs, visit: xpro.mit.edu.

About Emeritus (https://emeritus.org)

Emeritus offers professional education courses in collaboration with top-ranked universities: MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth, Wharton, UC Berkeley, Cambridge, London Business School and others. Using technology and curriculum innovation, Emeritus enables working professionals who cannot enrol in full-time courses to access a top-tier, affordable education that will give them the skills needed to be the business leaders of tomorrow. Emeritus’ global team includes 600+ employees located in Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Mexico City, Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai and Singapore.

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