Brampton, Ontario-based Sheridan College is offering micro-credential courses in robotics and cyber security.
The new programming is made possible by funding of more than $1 million from the Ontario government.
Micro-credentials are short-duration postsecondary offerings designed to help workers hone specialized skills in response to emerging market demands. Sheridan has launched more than 15 of these courses since 2020.
In the robotics and industrial applications stream learners will acquire skills in the fundamentals of industrial robotic systems, robot operations, programing, testing, running, creating tools, user and jog frames, input and output signals, programming branching instructions, and executing production operations.
The cyber security stream will give technical professionals or those with some technical background the opportunity to retrain into a cyber security career. Students will conduct risk assessments, become familiar with security controls, and learn about regulatory, legal, and ethical issues in cyber security.
Industry experts from each sector will participate in the curriculum development.
“As the economy recovers, how we do business – and the skills employees need to succeed – will also change. Postsecondary education will play an essential role in preparing these workers with specialized skills for the new world of work,” said Nazlin Hirji, executive director, continuing and professional studies (CAPS).
“We are grateful for this significant investment from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, which will allow Sheridan to work closely with local industry to re-skill their workforce and prepare new graduates with in-demand skills.”
This funding also includes a significant investment in Sheridan’s robotics and cybersecurity labs through the purchase of $200,000 in capital equipment.
CAPS and the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST) also received a Community Impact Award from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities valued at more than $600,000, which will allow Sheridan’s teams to build the robotics and industrial applications micro-credential program within Ontario’s Peel Region.