New Continuing Education Programs at the UW
New Continuing Education Programs at the UW

Want to keep your skills sharp and get a leg up in your field? To meet the evolving needs of those who never stop learning, we’ve developed four new courses and three new certificate programs that start this fall and winter. Take one of these programs on its own or use them to chart your path to success in one of our other UW certificate programs or graduate degrees

Fall 

Certificate in Leadership in Emerging Technologies & Trends  

Starts: Sep 29, 2021 

Where: Classroom (the University of Washington) 

Telemedicine. Sensors. Tracking apps. Artificial intelligence. Emerging technologies are everywhere. During this time of accelerated transformation, organizations need agile, far-sighted leaders that can harness technology to create purposeful change. “To be conversant in the emerging technologies and issues buffeting our world right now and to be able to bring that to an organization, either in a communication or leadership position, is highly valuable,” says UW Communication Leadership graduate program co-founder and certificate instructor Hanson Hosein.  

Set yourself up for long-term success in this three-course for-credit certificate program that teaches literacy in technologies and trends. You’ll also learn how to make decisions within an organization and provide credibility to your stakeholders, employees and constituents.  

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Certificate in Machine Learning & Deep Learning 

Starts: Sep 29, 2021 

Where: Classroom (the University of Washington) 

Machine learning is changing the way we live in profound ways. Things that once seemed like science fiction, such as intelligent virtual assistants and self-driving cars, are now part of our daily lives. As machine learning makes our systems and devices smarter every day, jobs for those with expertise in machine learning continue to grow apace. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for computer and information scientists are expected to increase nationally by 16% by 2028 and by an impressive 48% in Washington state. 

Do you have the desire to learn something new and join this booming field? Stay ahead of the curve in this three-course for-credit certificate program that’ll provide you with the tools to help reshape the world. You’ll discover the fundamentals of deep learning, how to implement and evaluate learning algorithms for a broad range of applications and deep learning programming languages like Python. Choose the path of study that most interests you and select classes offered through the UW Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s Professional Master’s Program. 

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Foundations of Project Management (Course) 

When: Nov 9, 2021  

Where: Online With Real-Time Meetings 

It’s one thing to come up with a great idea, and it’s another to bring that idea to life. And as organizations ranging from construction to health care, biotech to IT continue to grow, they’re eager for professionals who have a combination of hard and soft skills to manage the many moving parts of new projects.  

In other words, there’s never been a better time to add the foundational skills of your project management to your repertoire. In four-week course, you’ll learn teamwork skills, including collaboration, communication and dealing with conflict. You’ll also pick up best practices for balancing priorities and for making decisions within business constraints. The course is an excellent way to prepare for taking the Certificate in Project Management if you’re interested in diving further into the field. 

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Winter 

A Workshop for Women: Writing and Publishing Personal Essays 

Starts: Jan 4, 2022 

Where: Online With Real-Time Meetings 

Do you have a passion for writing and a desire to share your stories with the world? Master the art of crafting a compelling personal story that’ll put you on the path toward becoming a published essayist. Get your creative juices flowing by discussing the works of influential woman writers and hearing insights from three accomplished authors before putting your pen to paper. 

Taught by Kristen Millares Young, this workshop for women will teach you how to generate ideas, develop drafts, offer and receive constructive feedback, revise your work and build a writing community. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to practice your writing and will produce submittable drafts of two personal essays along with pitch letters ready to send to editors.  

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Foundations of UX Writing (Course) 

Starts: Jan 12, 2022 

Where: Online With Real-Time Meetings 

You probably don’t realize it, but every time you use an app or visit a website, you’re interacting with user experience (UX) writing. That’s a sign of good UX writing — it’s invisible to the user. Skilled in crafting copy that guides users and helps them complete actions, UX writers are integral to any design team. And as companies from established tech giants to tiny startups continually launch new products, UX writers are one of today’s hottest jobs. 

Equip yourself with the core elements of UX writing in this course taught by Joseph Wilinske and Torrey Podmajersky, who have more than 35 years of experience in the software industry combined. You’ll learn how to determine the voice and tone of content to meet the user’s needs, craft inclusive, accessible content and measure successful writing outcomes. Whether you want to enter the UX writing field or want to create better user experiences, you’ll be armed with several original pieces to add to your portfolio to showcase your UX writing skills. 

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Certificate in Business Strategy & Decision Making  

Starts: Jan 2022 

Where: Blended - Classroom (Downtown Seattle) and Online 

As we've seen this past year, today’s marketplace is rife with unpredictable events and unforeseen challenges. Companies and organizations must constantly adapt and reimagine how they do business, making employees who can pivot rapidly to new tasks and tools invaluable. Combine that with the leadership skills, drive and charisma to motivate others, and you have an even more powerful tool. You’re able to develop and implement strategies that meaningfully address pressing issues while aligning with the company’s goals and core values. 

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain the skills to address today’s most pressing business challenges. Discover how to develop and adapt strategies, involve stakeholders, identify required resources and evaluate success. By the end of the certificate program, you’ll have the confidence to lead your team, no matter what hurdles you encounter. 

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Foundations (Course) 

Starts: Jan 19, 2022 

Where: Online With Real-Time Meetings 

These days, more and more companies are moving their data backups, software development and testing, big data analytics and more to the cloud. As a result, the demand for professionals with cloud computing has skyrocketed. Plus, now that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has become one of the leading providers of cloud computing services, experience with this platform is highly valued in fields such as network engineering, IT administration and DevOps.  

Get a leg up and launch a career in cloud computing with this nine-week course taught in partnership with AWS Academy. You’ll learn about cloud computing concepts, key factors to consider when moving to the cloud, core AWS services, security, architecture, pricing and support. You’ll leave well-versed in core AWS tools and prepared to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam.   

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KEEP LEARNING 

Want to continue your education? You might consider enrolling in UW Professional & Continuing Education’s other programs in Marketing, Communication & Design, Business & Leadership or Programming & Tech


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