Kelley and Microsoft collaborate on new certificate

Kelley School of Business and Microsoft are partnering to produce a dual certificate program in cloud-based analytics.

The certificate, which is a 12-credit-hour program, will help prepare graduates to enter the workforce with in-demand, job-ready skills, according to an IU Newsroom press release.

The collaboration was announced Monday at the Microsoft Academic Conference for Higher Education in Redmond, Washington.

“The leaders at the Kelley School of Business share our goal of addressing the current skills gap in the global economy with new and unique approaches,” said Chris Roy, Microsoft’s senior director of worldwide go-to-market and product strategy, in the press release.

The program uses Microsoft Professional Program’s curriculum for data science. Completing the program will prepare students to complete the data science track of the Microsoft Professional Program.

Students will also get experience working in open-source technologies like Apache Hadoop, R and Apache Spark, according to the press release.

The credits earned in the cloud-based analytics program can be transferred into online degree programs like Kelley Direct and master’s degrees in business analytics and IT management.

“We look forward to working with our colleagues at Microsoft to generate real career momentum for students increasing their value with a certificate in cloud-based analytics,” said Idalene Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management, in the press release.

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