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Mount St. Mary’s Joins Ambitious Nationwide Tech Training Initiative

Donna Klinger

Frederick campus

The Mount partners with SkillStorm to help students, alumni, and community members earn industry-recognized credentials; boost career mobility in the tech industry.

Mount St. Mary’s University today announced a training partnership designed to close talent gaps in the region’s fast-growing tech industry. The initiative, delivered through the university’s Center for Lifelong Learning and developed in collaboration with the tech talent accelerator SkillStorm, will expand access to instructor-led courses that result in credentials from major tech employers including Salesforce, CompTIA and Pega.

“At Mount St. Mary's University, we empower all learners in our community to reach their full potential,” said Jennifer Staiger, associate provost, Division of Continuing Studies. “SkillStorm’s innovative approach enables us to further equip our students with the in-demand skills required by employers in the region, and ensure that they have the best chance for post-graduate success.”

The Washington DC - Maryland - Virginia (DMV) region is a flourishing tech hub, flush with jobs in cybersecurity, IT, software engineering, and healthcare technology. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s “Global Tech Cities” report, the DC Metro region boasts the third highest density of tech talent in the US, and the talent pool is only expected to grow. On top of a robust start-up culture, many major tech companies are headquartered in the DMV, including Amazon Web Services, Appian, Oracle, and Microsoft, all of which introduce even more career opportunities in tech that attract talent to the region.

Through SkillStorm’s platform, Mount St. Mary’s students, alumni, and community members will now be able to access a range of courses to prepare for certifications, including AWS Cloud Practitioner, CompTIA Network+, and Salesforce Developer, as well as foundational courses in core topics like Java and object-oriented programming. These certifications will help job-seeking individuals and tech industry prospective employees become more uniquely qualified and desirable candidates as they navigate the DMV’s highly competitive workforce.

“The DMV's thriving tech industry draws in skilled professionals from all over, making the job market highly competitive. In order to stand out, job seekers must find ways to showcase their unique qualifications and skills,” said Joe Mitchell, COO at SkillStorm. “ Mount St. Mary’s is seizing the opportunity to play a leadership role in building new pipelines of tech talent in the region, providing training in the most sought-after tech skills that will give their graduates an edge in today’s world of work.”

The certification courses supplied by SkillStorm are designed for students and professionals at any stage of their educational or career journey and enable students to attend when convenient while providing access to one-on-one training from industry-certified instructors.

Visit the Center for Lifelong Learning's webpage to register for courses.

Donna Klinger