Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will be offering its students the opportunity to earn a new a digital technology credential that will be available to students in all majors.
A group of Howard University faculty developed a six-course curriculum for non-STEM majors, which would lead to a Digital Tech Generalist Credential to integrate digital technology skills into a higher education curriculum. Students who complete the six-course curriculum, regardless of their major, would receive a digital badge, which is a marker of academic and professional achievement.
Howard University will collaborate with Capital CoLAB on the new program. Capital CoLAB is a partnership that brings together the leaders of the region’s top academic institutions and businesses to make the Capital Region, spanning Baltimore to Richmond, a leading global hub for innovation. The CoLAB’s Digital Tech Generalist Credential is accepted and recognized by all CoLAB companies as a marker that students are well prepared to step into positions that require foundational digital skills, such as data analysis, data visualization, and data security. Students with the digital credential will receive priority for hiring opportunities, as well as mentoring/coaching, job shadowing opportunities, and engagement with senior executives.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to major in any field of their choice, and complete courses that will be necessary to compete and be successful in the modern world and digital economy,” said Anthony Wutoh, provost at Howard University. “The companies represented in the Capital CoLAB are world leaders in their fields and are looking for the exceptional talent that Howard University students represent.”