UpSkill, Certificate

In 2018, only 15% of executives and 13% of hiring managers express satisfaction with recent graduates’ ability to apply the skills and knowledge they learned in college to complex problems in the workplace. Furthermore, only 34% of executives and significantly fewer hiring managers (25%) say that most recent graduates have the necessary skills and knowledge to advance or be promoted. (AACU, 2018)
This applied online program (fall, spring, summer) is designed to efficiently map ivy league coursework to in-demand skillsets: assisting students as they seek their next step. Up(skill)’s competitive advantage is its laser focus on career readiness, backed with the timelessness of the liberal arts in an online, work and family friendly format.  

This program is designed for anyone looking to upskill, including:
• Graduates who looking for ways to become more competitive in the job market
• Individuals who have been recently laid off due to workforce reductions
• Workers who are looking to revise or rebrand their skillset

Students will achieve the following learning objectives: 

• Develop strategies and skills to persuade specific audiences through verbal, visual, and written communication
• Practice and apply critical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond
• Explore competing schools of thought about leadership ethics
• Learn how to use quantitative and quantitative data in decision-making and problem-solving
• Analyze different audiences, scenarios, and contexts in order to shape your messaging 
• Develop effective rhetorical strategies and skills to persuade specific audiences—personal, professional, and social—through visual, written, and multimedia communication
• Develop empathic and analytic skills to integrate and build upon other viewpoints and perspectives
• Identify, develop and apply distinctive leadership traits and skills
• Learn how readers, writers, and designers use complex multimedia texts incorporating language, image, sound, and gesture to produce a coherent, engaging message
• Understanding how to make complex information accessible to audiences through effective visualization. 

Curriculum

Students can elect to take any 4 of the courses listed below for the basic certificate:4
Fall 1
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Introduction to Team Culture
Introduction to Global Studies
Digital Literacy & Cultural Change
Fall 2
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Virtual Collaboration
Introduction to Data Analytics
Spring 1
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Leadership Theory, Practice and Purpose
Intercultural Communication
Composing a Professional Identity
Spring 2
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Morality and the Good Life

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


In 2018, only 15% of executives and 13% of hiring managers express satisfaction with recent graduates’ ability to apply the skills and knowledge they learned in college to complex problems in the workplace. Furthermore, only 34% of executives and significantly fewer hiring managers (25%) say that most recent graduates have the necessary skills and knowledge to advance or be promoted. (AACU, 2018)
This applied online program (fall, spring, summer) is designed to efficiently map ivy league coursework to in-demand skillsets: assisting students as they seek their next step. Up(skill)’s competitive advantage is its laser focus on career readiness, backed with the timelessness of the liberal arts in an online, work and family friendly format.  

This program is designed for anyone looking to upskill, including:
• Graduates who looking for ways to become more competitive in the job market
• Individuals who have been recently laid off due to workforce reductions
• Workers who are looking to revise or rebrand their skillset

Students will achieve the following learning objectives: 

• Develop strategies and skills to persuade specific audiences through verbal, visual, and written communication
• Practice and apply critical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond
• Explore competing schools of thought about leadership ethics
• Learn how to use quantitative and quantitative data in decision-making and problem-solving
• Analyze different audiences, scenarios, and contexts in order to shape your messaging 
• Develop effective rhetorical strategies and skills to persuade specific audiences—personal, professional, and social—through visual, written, and multimedia communication
• Develop empathic and analytic skills to integrate and build upon other viewpoints and perspectives
• Identify, develop and apply distinctive leadership traits and skills
• Learn how readers, writers, and designers use complex multimedia texts incorporating language, image, sound, and gesture to produce a coherent, engaging message
• Understanding how to make complex information accessible to audiences through effective visualization. 

Curriculum

Students can elect to take any 2 of the courses listed below for the advanced certificate, aside from the courses taken for the Basic Certificate:2
Fall 1
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Introduction to Team Culture
Introduction to Global Studies
Digital Literacy & Cultural Change
Fall 2
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Virtual Collaboration
Introduction to Data Analytics
Spring 1
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Leadership Theory, Practice and Purpose
Intercultural Communication
Composing a Professional Identity
Spring 2
Fundamentals of Professional Writing
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Morality and the Good Life

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.