Udacity Partners With Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio to Upskill Central Ohio Job Seekers

  • Digital Career Transformation: Columbus Aims to Close the Digital Gap, Increase Job Opportunities, and Bolster Career Growth Through Short-Term Certification Program

Udacity, the online learning and talent transformation platform powering the careers of the future, launched Digital Career Transformation: Columbus, an upskilling program for Central Ohio job seekers, in partnership with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) and OhioMeansJobs–Columbus Franklin County (OMJCFC) to help people pursue digital economy employment opportunities.

“Udacity’s Nanodegree programs are helping us offer what central Ohio job seekers need now more than ever – training and experience using in-demand skills that they can develop more quickly than traditional certification programs,” said Lisa Patt-McDaniel the President & CEO of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. “After a successful pilot run earlier this year, we’re excited to partner with Udacity to offer shorter term, flexible programs to central Ohio job seekers so they grow their careers in the digital economy.”

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“Thanks to this partnership with WDBCO, virtually anyone of any background can learn the skills they need to seize life-changing career opportunities in high-paying tech jobs. All for free.” said Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity. “And just as importantly, employers in the Columbus area can finally fill their hardest to hire, most in-demand roles.”

DCT: Columbus will feature two phases. In phase one, which runs through October 5, 2021, up to 2,000 learners will be able to participate in a 6-week self-paced “foundational” version of the Nanodegree program they hope to pursue—Digital Marketing, Business Analytics, or UX Design. Up to 100 learners who complete phase one would be eligible to continue into phase two, a 3-month structured program that pairs the Nanodegree’s self-paced curriculum with weekly instructor-led group sessions to complete real-world projects alongside 25-30 learners. Phase two will run from November 2 – February 8, 2022.

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In tandem, Udacity is offering career services for learners to receive job search, networking, and mentorship support every step of the way. According to a 2020 survey of Udacity’s 128,000 Nanodegree program graduates, 73% who signed up with the intention of advancing their career reported a positive career outcome and 50% percent of graduates reported receiving a 33% median increase in pay. What’s more, 7 in 10 Udacity students reported receiving job-ready tech skills.

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