Software Product Management Certificate Receives Award
Software Product Management Certificate Receives Award

The University of Washington’s Certificate in Software Product Management was the recipient of the Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award at the recent 2020 University of Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) West Region Conference.

“The recognition by UPCEA West is an attestation of the quality of our program, our stellar instructional team and its value in building our students’ professional portfolio,” said Lalitha Subramanian, an assistant director of Continuum College’s Academic Programs.

Designed for tech industry professionals who want to enter or advance in product management, the Software Product Management certificate embodies key concepts of the award: demonstrating a contribution to the field of continuing or online education.

The recognition by UPCEA West is an attestation of the quality of our program, our stellar instructional team and its value in building our students’ professional portfolio.

Lalitha Subramanian, assistant director of Academic Programs

“Software product management, like most other business skills, is a practical skill,” said Pawan Gupta, program instructor and software development manager at Amazon. “As instructors of this program, we strive to provide our students with not just concepts, but also the knowledge of how to apply them in the everyday business environment.”

According to 2019 certificate graduate, Nicole Jendro, the program was very useful, giving her the knowledge and experience for a successful transition into a product management role.

“I’ve now been a product manager for an amazing product delivery team at Geocaching HQ for a little over a year and am proud of one of my recent successes,” explains Jendro. “I was the lead product manager for a project where I worked with more than five teams, including three other delivery teams. And we successfully launched a cross-platform release.”

A tremendous amount of growth over the past couple of years, combined with the award, offers a bright outlook for the program. “Our certificate program is ideally positioned to both train and coach students to quench the thirst for good software product managers globally,” said Subramanian.

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Author Brenna Ciummo

Brenna Ciummo

Brenna Ciummo is a senior editor and writer at the University of Washington Continuum College and has more than 15 years of writing and editing experience. She's developed a wide range of copy, from in-depth feature stories to bite-size blurbs across various industries, including education, travel and food. She enjoys covering student success stories and the latest trends in the career and education space.

Ciummo has a B.A. in communication and writing certificate from Arizona State University. A firm believer in lifelong learning, she is also an alumnus of the UW Certificate in Storytelling & Content Strategy and a UW copy editing and design course. 

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