Advanced Certificate in Workforce Development

Teachers College, the Graduate School of Education at Columbia University, in collaboration with Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) and the Columbia University Center for Technology Management (CTM), has created the Workforce Education & Development (WED) Advanced Certificate to address the human capital challenges of growing unemployment for underserved or socially excluded populations. This new program is scheduled to launch in January 2021.

The WED advanced certificate is a one-year, part-time program designed to provide students with an understanding of how to attract and retain local community talent, and with coaching from experienced mentors from the Columbia University Center for Technology Management. The Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) model will be integrated into the curriculum along with other faculty-based expertise designed to address this growing and important area.

The WED program includes both face-to-face residencies and online experiences. The Workforce Education & Development Advanced Certificate program features four courses that prepare students to launch and manage new initiatives focused on talent acquisition, future of work considerations, assimilation of new workforces, and public policies.

Each student will also be matched with an experienced mentor from the Columbia University Center for Technology Management. The Center has 260+ mentors from multiple industries across the world, who can coach students individually on their selected projects. Mentors play an active role in the overall education of the student, through virtual and face-to-face meetings.

This program is designed for working professionals in human resources, non-profits, higher education, and other institutions who would like to make an impact on not only hiring, but developing diverse talent.

To learn more, visit the Teachers College website.


Faculty Director:

Arthur Langer
Director, Center for Technology Management
Academic Director, Technology Management Program
Professor of Professional Practice


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