Workforce Development

The School of Information Technology is committed to building strong communities. 

We offer many pathways for learning new job skills including industry-recognized certifications and bootcamps. Our online, asynchronous training programs are led by School of Information Technology faculty and include the benefit of access to UC's Career Education Services. The courses combine hands-on, experiential instruction with essential coursework to prepare today's workforce for careers in Information Technology and Cybersecurity.

Bootcamp attendees must be 18 years old and above, have obtained HS diploma or equivalent, and eligible for employment in US (or student VISA).

Both registration steps must be completed 2 weeks prior to start of bootcamp.

To Register for a School of Information Technology (SoIT) Workforce Development Bootcamp:

Students new to the University of Cincinnati:

Very Important: Bookmark SoIT Workforce Development Page. You will need it to come back and complete Step 2.

Click on Step 1 button. This will take you to the CECH Basic Data Form and enroll you as a “Visiting Student”. Fill out form completely using name as it appears on state/ government ID. Please select where indicated

  • Term for which you are enrolling-“Spring Semester 2024”, etc.
  • For Intended class level – “Undergraduate”
  • For which CECH non-matriculated program you are applying- “General Studies”

In 48-72 hours, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office containing your UC ID and email address. Return to the SoIT Workforce Development page. Use this information to complete Step 2 to finish registration.

  • Click Step 2 button.
  • Complete survey using UC ID and email address.
  • Please fill out all fields, including state of residence and how you heard about SoIT bootcamp.

Students with active UC credentials (UC ID and email address) can skip Step 1 and proceed to Step 2.

Courses Include: 

Session Dates: November 20 - December 17, 2023

Learn how to use the most important program for data entry and storage

Microsoft Excel is perhaps the most important computer software program used in the workplace today. That's why so many workers and prospective employees are required to learn Excel to enter or remain in the workplace.

From the viewpoint of the employer, particularly those in the field of information systems, the use of Excel as an end-user computing tool is essential. Not only are many business professionals using Excel to perform everyday functional tasks in the workplace, but an increasing number of employers also rely on Excel for decision support.

Course Description: 

This course will cover the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets and workbooks; creating cells, ranges, and tables; applying formulas and functions; and creating charts and objects. Participants will be sufficiently proficient in addressing managing data import and export, cleaning and entering data, understanding advanced functions, analyzing and presenting data, conditional formatting, basic charts, and pivot tables.

All live sessions will be recorded and made available within UC’s learning management system. However, it is strongly recommended that you attend these sessions to gain the most benefit from this course. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and review work problems with the instructor and become better prepared for the certification exam.

  • Asynchronous classes–you learn at your own pace.
  • Live office hours 2 hours per week
  • Full practice test.
  • Microsoft Excel 2019 and PC is required.
  • Course includes taking the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Associate certification test (Exam MO-200).

Prerequisites and Requirements: 

You will need Microsoft 2019 installed on your PC. PLEASE NOTE: using a Mac or tablet and/or an older version of Microsoft will not prepare you for the certification exam.

Audience: 

For those who can demonstrate the correct application of principal features of Excel and can complete tasks independently.

Credentials: 

MS Associate Certification/Badge

About Your Instructor: 

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Nikki Holden

Instructor - Educator, CECH - School of Information Technology

260C Teachers College

513-556-5435

Session Dates: November 20 - December 17, 2023

Course Description: 

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, mastering the basics in Microsoft Azure can help you jump-start your career and prepare you to dive deeper into the many technical opportunities Azure offers.

The certification validates your basic knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Azure. Following completion of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of cloud concepts, along with Azure services, workloads, security, privacy, pricing, and support.

  • 30 hours per week online instruction.
  • The course is self-paced with instructor support.
  • Weekly check-ins and office hours. Support from UC instructors and Teaching Assistants
  •  Weekly Virtual Panels Certificate curriculum, plus communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

Prerequisites and Requirements: 

Basic familiarity with IT Terms and concepts.  

Audience: 

This course is intended for non-technical candidates who want to understand the cloud-based solutions for offering services such as sales, purchasing, and marketing of cloud services.

This course primarily uses the Azure portal and command line interface to create resources and does not require scripting skills.

This course prepares you for the AZ-900 exam.

If you are just beginning to work with cloud-based solutions and services, this certification is for you.

Credentials:

Azure Fundamentals Certification/Badge

About Your Instructor:

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Bander Ali Henderson

Instructor - Educator, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-2513

Session Dates: December 18, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Course Description:

Microsoft Azure provides multiple services that you can combine to build large-scale analytics solutions that leverage the latest technologies and techniques for data ingestion, storage, modeling, and visualization.

In Azure Data Fundamentals you will describe analytical workloads and work with relational and nonrelational data on Azure.  

  • Asynchronous instruction, with live office hours.
  • 4 weeks, 20 hrs/week, online instruction.
  • Includes weekly assignments, hands-on labs.
  • Taught by UC faculty includes certification curriculum and communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills training.
  • Course includes taking the MS DP-900 Exam.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

Before taking this course, you should have a foundational knowledge of core data concepts and how they are implemented using Microsoft Azure data services.

If you’re new to the cloud or just starting out with Azure, first choose the Azure Fundamentals Bootcamp.

Audience:

If you’re beginning to work with data in the cloud, this certification is for you. It is recommended to have familiarity with the concepts of relational and nonrelational data with different types of data workloads, such as transactional or analytical.

Credentials:

MS Fundamentals Badge/Certification

About Your Instructor: 

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Dyllon James Dekok

Assistant Professor Educator, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-5084

Session Dates: December 11, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Course Description:

An Azure Administrator often serves as part of a larger team dedicated to implementing an organization’s cloud infrastructure. Azure Administrators also coordinate with other roles to deliver Azure networking, security, database, application development, and DevOps solutions.

This course will prepare you for the Microsoft Exam AZ-104 Microsoft Azure Administrator, with modules dedicated to Azure identity and governance, implement and manage storage, deploy and manage Azure compute resources, configure and manage virtual networking, monitor and maintain Azure resources.

  • Asynchronous instruction, with live office hours.
  • 4 weeks, 20 hrs/week, online instruction.
  • Includes weekly assignments, hands-on labs.
  • If you are planning to use certification towards a credit, ACE Member schools may accept AZ-104.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  1. Successful completion of AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam.
  2. Additionally, successful Azure Administrators start this role with experience in operating systems, virtualization cloud infrastructure, and networking.
  3. You should understand network configuration (including TCP/IP), Domain Name System (DNS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls and encryption technologies.
  4. You should understand Active Directory Concepts, such as users, groups, and role-based access control.
  5. You should understand resilience and data recovery, including backup and restore operations.

Credentials:

Associate Certification Badge

About Your Instructor: 

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Rohit Mandalapu

Asst Professor - Adj, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-2336

Session Dates: November 20 - Decemeber 17, 2023

Course Description:

It’s tough out there! For organizations to stay competitive—or better yet, get ahead in their respective markets—they need to release new and updated products on a regular basis.

This course is designed for a broad audience, enabling those on the business side of an organization to obtain an understanding of the benefits of DevOps concepts such as continuous delivery, continuous deployment, and the associated enabling technologies. Those on the technical side of an organization can obtain an understanding of the business value of DevOps to reduce cost with increased quality to support business objectives centered on digital transformation initiatives.

  • Asynchronous instruction, with live office hours.
  • 4 weeks, 20 hrs/week, online instruction.
  • Includes weekly assignments, hands-on labs.
  • Taught by UC faculty.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  1. Basic understanding of Linux/Unix system concepts and administration.
  2. Familiarity with command-line interface.
  3. You should know how the build and deployment processes work.
  4. Familiarity with text editor.
  5. You should know how to set up a home lab environment with VirtualBox:        
    1. Networking in VirtualBox
    2. Setting up multiple VMs in VirtualBox
  6. Familiarity with the basics of:
    1. Vagrant
    2. Linux networking basics
    3. Scripting
    4. Applications such as Java, NodeJS, Python
    5. Web servers such as Appache HTTPD, G-Unicorn, PM2
    6. Databases such as MySQL, MongoDB

Audience:

This course is intended for IT professionals seeking an understanding of DevOps philosophy; involved in IT development, operations, or service management; and/or individuals working in an Agile Service Design Environment.

Credentials:

Certificate/Badge

About Your Instructor: 

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Jenifer Lynne Soale

Assistant Professor Educator, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-2336

Session Dates: February 5 - March 3, 2024

Course Description:

DevOps Engineers are developers or infrastructure administrators who also have subject matter expertise in working with people, processes, and products to enable continuous delivery of value in organizations.

Responsibilities for this role include designing and implementing strategies for collaboration, code, infrastructure, source control, security, compliance, continuous integration, testing, delivery, monitoring, and feedback.

DevOps Engineers work on cross-functional teams that include developers, site reliability engineers, and Azure administrators.

This bootcamp helps prepare students for the Microsoft AZ-400 exam.

To earn the full MS DevOps Engineer Expert designation via Microsoft, students will have to have successfully obtained their Azure Administrator Associate (AZ-104 exam) or Azure Developer Associate (AZ-204) prerequisite credential.

  • Asynchronous instruction, with live office hours.
  • 4 weeks, 10 hrs/week, online instruction.
  • Includes weekly assignments, hands-on labs.
  • Taught by UC faculty.

About Your Instructor: 

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Rohit Mandalapu

Asst Professor - Adj, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-2336

Session Dates: February 19 - March 18, 2024

Course Description:

UC's Networking bootcamps are designed for beginners. No knowledge of networking is required. During these intensive boot camps, you will quickly go from entry-level information technology skills to intermediate networking skills.

The course outcomes are aligned to the CompTIA Network+ (N10-008) professional certification exam objectives and align with employer needs. Knowledge gained in this course will prepare students for IT Infrastructure jobs such as Network Field Engineer, Network Administrator, or Network Analyst.

The course is self-paced with instructor support. Weekly check-ins and office hours.

  • Support from UC instructors and Teaching Assistants
  • Certificate curriculum, plus communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Free voucher for certificate exam, after assessment

Prerequisites and Requirements:

CompTIA A+ Certification and at least 9 to 12 months of networking experience.

Credentials:

CompTIA CORE Certification

About Your Instructor: 

UC School of Information Technology Faculty

Session Dates: December 18, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Course Description:

The CompTIA Security+ Bootcamp is an intensive course in Information Technology Fundamentals and Cybersecurity. The bootcamp is designed for beginners who can spend 30 hours per week on course instruction, hands-on assignments, and discussions. The course begins with foundational learning in Information Technology, networking, and cybersecurity required for the in-depth cybersecurity topics that will be covered in the latter part of the bootcamp. The purpose of this bootcamp is to provide the student with an overview in practical information technology skills, intermediate skills in core cybersecurity functions, as well as problem solving and critical thinking skills. The course outcomes are aligned to the CompTIA Security+ (SYO-601) professional certification exam objectives and align with employer needs. Knowledge gained in this course will prepare students for cybersecurity jobs such as Security Administrator, Security Analyst, or Security Specialist.

In order to learn the material quickly, it is expected that you will spend approximately 30 hours per week watching and reading the instructional material, researching concepts, practicing skills, and working with your group.

The bootcamps are asynchronous meaning you can complete the material on your schedule. However, there are due dates weekly, so you need to carve out the 30 hours each week starting on Monday and ending on Sunday. There will be optional synchronous office hours to assist you in your learning and optional synchronous panels with industry professionals, educational leaders, and IT experts.

  • Asynchronous instruction, with live office hours.
  • 4 weeks, 30 hrs/week, online instruction.
  • Includes weekly assignments, hands-on labs.
  • Taught by UC faculty.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

CompTIA Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.

Credentials:

CompTIA CORE Certification

About Your Instructor: 

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Murat Ozer

Assistant Professor, School of Information Technology, CECH - School of Information Technology

150B Teachers College

513-556-8423

Murat Ozer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice with a joint affiliation in the School of Information Technology, which is his main appointment.

Session Dates: December 11, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Course Description:

University of Cincinnati's Certified Associate in Project Management Course meets the 23 contact hours required for certification.

This globally recognized certification provided by the Project Management Institute (PMI) covers all the fundamental knowledge, processes, terminology associated with effective project management. With the CAPM®, you’ll be on the fast track to opportunity.

This course provides the 23 contact hours of project management education required for you to sit for the CAPM® exam. Successful completion of CAPM® Certification ensures that you possess the necessary skills and knowledge about the principles of project management, and this certification enables you to handle the primary challenges of project management.

The course is self-paced with instructor support. Weekly check-ins and office hours.

  • Support from UC instructors and Teaching Assistants
  • No pre-recorded videos.
  • Access to online course materials, self-paced modules, no class meeting times.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

Experience Level: Advanced

Credentials: 

Certification

Requirement: Must have access to Adobe CC account

Session Dates: December 18, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Course Description:

Adobe Certified Professional is an industry-recognized certification that demonstrates foundational skills and knowledge for digital media and IT careers.

In this intermediate-level course, students prepare for the Graphic Design, and Illustration Adobe CC Certified Professional certification exam. Emphasis is placed on vector design applications, terminology, and technical skills as they impact visual aesthetics. Project work includes creating scalable graphics for web and print. 

This class will build on student’s previous knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

The course is self-paced with instructor support. Weekly check-ins and office hours.

  • Support from UC instructors and Teaching Assistants
  • Exam voucher can be earned by students obtaining minimum course grade requirements by bootcamp end date.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

This intermediate-level course will  build on student’s previous knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

Credentials:

Certification/ Badge

About Your Instructor: 

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Bander Ali Henderson

Instructor - Educator, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-2513

Requirement: Must have access to Adobe CC account

Session Dates: December 18, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Course Description:

Adobe Certified Professional is an industry-recognized certification that demonstrates foundational skills and knowledge for digital media and IT careers.

In this intermediate level course, students prepare for the Visual Design Using Adobe Photoshop CC certification exam. Emphasis is placed on raster design applications, terminology and technical skills as they impact visual aesthetics. Project work creating and editing images for the web and print, and client interaction. 

This class will build on student’s previous knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

The course is self-paced with instructor support. Weekly check-ins and office hours.

  • Support from UC instructors and Teaching Assistants
  • Exam voucher can be earned by students obtaining minimum course grade requirements by bootcamp end date.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

This intermediate-level course will  build on student’s previous knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Credentials:

Certification/ Badge

About Your Instructor: 

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Bander Ali Henderson

Instructor - Educator, CECH - School of Information Technology

Teachers College

513-556-2513

Tuition Funding Through Your Employer

UC is an approved provider of tech training eligible for the Ohio TechCred. Employers who are approved for this funding will be reimbursed for their employees training.

Prospective Students: Ask your employer to apply for the Ohio TechCred. Once they are approved, you may enroll and your employer will pay for your tuition. Once you complete the program and earn your certificate, your employer will be reimbursed.

You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

All courses are online, so a working computer and reliable internet connection is required. Attendance is also required. 

In the description for each course listed above, additional course-specific information and requirements are provided. 

IMPORTANT: You must complete the 3-step application process to finalize your registration:

1. Participation Survey (for eligibility review),

2. Eventbrite ticketing,

3.  And for inactive/non-UC students, complete Visiting Student Enrollment Form (for access into UC classes)

  • Select "Undergraduate" for class level
  • Select "Uptown Main" for UC campus where you are primarily going to enroll
  • For non-UC students, click here: UC Basic Data Form
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William "Larry" Allen

Program Manager, CECH - School of Information Technology

560S Teachers College

513-556-3495