Tag: professional certification

Cyber Security Specialist: Addressing a Workforce Shortage

If you are thinking about a career change in 2017, then you might want to have a look at the rapidly expanding cyber security specialist market which is expected to grow from $75 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. You would have thought that the massive Target credit card breach back in 2013 would have been a wakeup call for the nation. But it wasn’t. In the year that followed, we saw hacks into UPS, Goodwill, JP Morgan Chase, and Sony, just to name a few. From 2013 through 2016, I personally have had two credit cards...

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Center for Professional Studies to Host Information Sessions

Even though it doesn’t feel like it will ever cool off, fall is just around the corner. When I think of fall, I always think of new beginnings in education. And here at Towson University Center for Professional Studies, we have some great new programs that can be your new beginning too. To kick off the new fall season of programming, we will hold two information sessions. The first will be held on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 PM and Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 AM. Here are six really good reasons why you would want to take time...

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Personal Trainer Certification Course To Launch This Fall

Each day, Americans are inspired to live healthier, more active lifestyles. 55.3 million people belong to at least one of the 36,180 health clubs located in the United States. And, according to economists, the number of jobs within the fitness industry are expected to grow by 23.2 percent through 2023. Personal trainer jobs are driving that increase. To address this workforce trend, Towson University Center for Professional Studies has added a Personal Trainer Certification course to their fall course catalog. Why A Personal Trainer Certification Course? Besides the expected job growth, what are the benefits of becoming a certified...

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Top Seven Professional Certifications

As associate director for continuing education at Towson University Center for Professional Studies, I get a lot of questions about professional certifications. Professional certifications vary, of course, by industry, but in general, they are a short yet deep dive into a specific subject. Most often, they combine a classroom experience with applied learning, followed by an exam to earn an industry recognized credential. The best ones enable you to put letters after your name and most have eligibility requirements to which you must adhere. So this may impress your friends and relatives but what about employers? More Than A...

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Six Reasons to Consider a Career in Medical Coding

The Center for Professional Studies at Towson University delivers professional certification courses that address critical skills gaps in high growth industries. One career that is forecast to grow at a rate of 15% a year for the next 10 years is medical coding. But did you know that Maryland ranks as one of the top paying states for medical coders with an hourly wage of $21.96 and an annual wage of $45,670? More than that, the Baltimore-Towson area ranks among the highest employment levels in the US. A Career in Medical Coding Medical coders work with confidential patient information....

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Continuing Education Information Session: Top Six Reasons to Attend

The Center for Professional Studies at Towson University delivers professional certification courses that address critical skills gaps in high growth industries. As the new associate director of continuing education, I would like to invite you to an information session on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 AM. My team and I will be on hand to talk about our programs and how they can help jump-start your career. So the free coffee and doughnuts aren’t enough to convince you? Well, off the top of my head, I can think of six really good reasons why you would want to take...

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Evolution of the 3-Cert IT Course

When we first started running foundation IT classes in 2011, it was only a ‘2-Cert’ program offering CompTIA A+ and Network+. These first few 2-Cert program courses were well received by our students and provided them with a solid fundamental background to quickly enter the IT workforce. It wasn’t long after we launched our first 2-Cert program, that many of our graduates wanted to explore the world of information technology further, receiving even higher level training. It was at this point we decided to expand our program. CCENT Focus The question we then faced was, “What is the next...

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Choosing the Right IT Certification

Selecting the right IT certification really depends on where you ideally want to end up. Knowing the role or position you would ultimately like to land will greatly determine the path you need to take to get there. The world of information technology is quite vast and a crucial part of all of our daily lives. Information technology is now comprised of an ever-expanding list of subfields and specialty niches within the industry. Some of the primary subfields of information technology focus on databases, networking, security, internet applications, software development and information systems management. It is also important to note that none of these subfields operate in a silo. Anyone studying or working in any one of these areas will face concepts or scenarios affecting all other areas to some degree. Therefore, being competent in any of the aforementioned IT subfields, means you have at least a basic understanding of matters in other areas. Where Do I Go From Here? For someone entering into information technology this may be a daunting question, but this is where knowing yourself and your basic technical skill set comes into consideration. Knowing your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, and the type of work environment you thrive in, will help you determine what type of certification you need. Do you see yourself configuring firewalls and routers, or setting network wide accessibility permissions and...

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Continuing Education and Professional Studies Launches New Website

As continuing education at Towson University continues to evolve to serve Maryland and the region better, a new website has been created. Some of the goals of the new site include: To promote a robust catalog that includes over 20 programs aligned with the workforce development needs of the area and in the fields of business, information technology and health/medical To reach a wider audience that has a desire to grow professionally. To provide updates on course offerings, industry news, certification requirements, tips for preparing for exams and ways to leverage professional experience, all on our Continuing Education blog. To highlight the talented group of professional experts that developed the courses from the ground up. In addition to our new web presence, the physical presence has shifted. In the training center, there is over 1,200 square feet of dedicated classroom space that includes state of the art computer labs, outfitted with ample equipment for our IT students to have hands on experience with computer building and repair, cyber-security and forensics, and system networking utilizing Cisco routers and servers. Visit the new website to view a complete listing of courses, register for courses, sign up for our newsletter, and meet our...

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TU Center for Professional Studies is now a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider

Towson University’s Center for Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to developing quality courses that meet the current and future demands of our workforce. We have adopted a blended style of curriculum development that pairs our renowned faculty with leaders from industry to develop state-of –the-art professional programs. In 2012 we launched our flagship continuing education program, the Project Management Professional (PMP)® preparation course, which boasts our highest enrollment numbers over the last two fiscal years. We have continued to improve the course to fully align with the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. In February 2014, we also delivered the first in-class session of this program, delivered by the developers of the online version of the course. The success of our PMP® has been recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and we have recently been awarded the prestigious designation as a Registered Educational Provider (R.E.P.). So what is a PMI R.E.P.? As stated on PMI’s website, “PMI R.E.P.s are organizations that we have approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements needed by PMI credential holders.”[1] Towson University’s Center for Professional Studies took on the arduous challenge of carefully refining all the course content and materials so that it met all...

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