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Micro-credentials explained

Micro-credentials comprise a broad category of college-accredited, short-duration training opportunities that are industry driven and focused on skill development.

Post-secondary institutions are moving towards micro-credentialing because they provide a rapid and effective respond to labour market supply and demand needs—especially those driven by current economic realities or uncertainties—while at the same time maintaining education standards: students must acquire and demonstrate the skill they are taught. Micro-credentials can also be stacked into new or existing credentials.

How industry collaboration drives micro-credential development at MITT

Micro-credentials provide greater opportunity for industry and post-secondary partnership, which is a hallmark of MITT’s approach to career-oriented learning.

Every one of our micro-credentials is subject to a robust and rigorous, industry-led quality assurance process, including assessment and endorsement by our Industry Advisory Council, which represents Manitoba’s diverse industry sectors.

Council membership includes:

  • Jack Winram, Manitoba Environmental Industry Association
  • Shannon Fontaine, Manitoba Tourism Education Council
  • Carol Paul, Manitoba Construction Sector Council
  • Andrea Aiello, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
  • Adam Smoluk, Film Training Manitoba
  • Louie Ghiz, New Media Manitoba
  • Rick Reid, Supply Chain Canada, Manitoba

Why micro-credentials are a great option for a variety of learners

Micro-credentials are ideal for learners who:

  • Lack the time for a traditional credential.
  • Need flexible program options.
  • Are building on an existing skill-set to further their career (this is especially true in the post-baccalaureate market).
  • Already have skills they need validated by an external source.
  • Are developing entry-level skills where they do not yet need broad knowledge/experience.

Current/future micro-credential offerings at MITT

Certified Secure Computer User–Women in Technology (CSCU-WIT) – launching May 2021
Through funding provided by the Status of Women, we are offering 20 women—and those who identify as women—who are Manitoba residents and age of majority — a no-cost opportunity to obtain our CSCU micro-certificate. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of various computer and network security threats such as identity theft, credit card fraud, phishing, viruses and backdoors, email hoaxes, loss of confidential information, hacking attacks, and social engineering. More importantly, the skills learned in this class will enable you to take the necessary risks to mitigate your security exposure and protect digital information.

This is an exciting first step toward encouraging more women to pursue other Information Technology (IT) career training at MITT, including:

Network and Systems Administrator (certificate)
Software Developer (diploma)
Cyber Defence and Cloud Administration (diploma)
Network Security (diploma)

Interested in our CSCU-WIT micro-credential? Please fill out the contact information form below, and you will be contacted by the Lifelong Learning Department with next steps. Space is limited and applicants will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Learn more about micro-credentials at MITT

Contact Lifelong Learning at LifeLongLearning@mitt.ca to learn more about developing a micro-credential for your business or industry need, or our micro-credential training opportunities.

Contact us today and we will be more than happy to help you with any questions or concerns you have.

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