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UMass Global and Foundry College Partner to Promote Stackable Certificates Developing Software and Project Management Skills

Foundry College courses are delivered online and in real time, allowing students to interact live while learning.

“By offering stackable certificates, we help students acquire marketable skills in the short and long term. The college credit aspect of these certificates is an invaluable offering,” said UMass World Chancellor Gary Brahm.

Perspectives on work are changing – polls show that whatever people thought of remote work at the start of the pandemic, many Americans want to continue working from home. Employer opinions are also shifting, as business leaders are now more likely to look favorably on college degrees that potential and current employees acquire through e-learning.

Telecommuting helps professionals find a balance between work and private life, but can also pose challenges for people who want to start new jobs. Employers are realizing that remote work is breaking down geographic barriers between vacancies and talent, so job seekers can expect to swim in an ever-widening pool of candidates. When employers can recruit from coast to coast – or even globally – many professionals will need to upgrade their skills to make sure they get noticed.

Now, a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Global and Foundry College will help even more people develop marketable skills in customer relationship management or project management. Foundry College and UMass Global bolster the former institution’s Salesforce Administrator and Project Management certificates by offering students who complete either program a streamlined path to UMass Global degrees, including a bachelor’s degree in business Administration.

“If anything is clear after almost two full years of working on the pandemic, it’s that workers want flexibility and options both at work and at university,” said the world’s chancellor. ‘UMass, Gary Brahm. “By offering stackable certificates, we help students acquire marketable skills in the short and long term. The college credit aspect of these certificates is an invaluable offering. Students can rest assured that their investment in their education today will count toward a college degree if they choose to continue to grow through education in years to come.

Foundry courses are delivered online and in real time, with students meeting virtually for lectures and group activities. The Salesforce Administrator and Project Management certificates each require completion of six courses, which can be completed in less than a year. Four courses are common to both programs, so students who want both certificates can complete their goal in about 15 months.

Both certificate programs prepare graduates to qualify for third-party certifications validating newly acquired skills. Students can also apply for transfer credit by taking any of the four courses common to both programs if they later enroll at credit-granting institutions based on assessments from the American Council for Education. This quartet of courses imparts essential business skills, such as communication, problem solving and team building.

The Foundry-UMass Global partnership adds value to both certificate programs as all courses leading to either award now pivot into UMass Global credit courses. Certificate holders pursuing UMass Global studies can do so with at least 18 credits to their name.

“Foundry College is dedicated to educating humans in a human way by enhancing people’s skills for a better life through active learning, with active teachers and active coaches,” said Foundry CEO and President, Dr. Akiba Covitz. “That’s what makes this agreement with UMass Global such a good fit for our learners. Because they have learned important skills for a changing world, they will be well prepared for the duration of their careers and for the betterment of their lives.

American employers are bracing for the idea of ​​hiring candidates who have obtained online credentials. A December 2021 study from Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy found that 71% of more than 1,000 C-Suite leaders surveyed in spring 2021 rated degrees earned through online learning as being of equal or even better quality than degrees earned through in-person programs. According to the study, this follows a nearly decade-long progression in which American executives have developed a more positive view of online learning.

The pandemic and accompanying disruptions in labor markets and the shift to remote working have added new competitive dimensions to the hiring process. Nearly 60% of executives whose opinions shaped the aforementioned study predicted that employers will demand more highly qualified candidates in the post-pandemic economy. Additionally, 62% of executives plan to take advantage of remote work to attract more candidates for open positions.

Although remote work is likely to bring more competition for job seekers, many people want the option of working from home. Gallup found after surveying about 4,000 employed American adults in mid-September that 45% of Americans who were then employed full-time worked remotely for at least part of their work time. This report follows a Gallup survey of more than 9,000 Americans, conducted in May and June 2021, which found that 91% of Americans then assigned to remote work wanted either hybrid schedules – favored by more than 54% of workers – i.e. full-time remote schedules. work – the choice of 37% of workers. Only 9% favored returning to the pre-pandemic status quo of spending five days a week in the workplace.

“Remote work and e-learning are the wave of the future,” said Chancellor Brahm. “We have seen how productive we can be while working fully remote or hybrid schedules. Let’s make the most of this emerging opportunity to identify professions where people can continue to be collaborative and productive members of their organizations while working from home. After all, our jobs are supposed to be about getting things done, not sitting in traffic. »


University of Massachusetts Global, formerly Brandman University, is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, diploma and certificate programs designed to be relevant to more than 90 career paths. UMass Global serves nearly 23,000 students, approximately 16,000 of whom are enrolled in college-credit programs, at 25 physical campuses in California and Washington, as well as online. UMass Global offers fully online courses for students across the United States and for military personnel serving overseas. For more information, visit the university’s website.


Foundry College is a new kind of college that offers face-to-face live classes in an online environment that fosters the community of a traditional classroom experience. Each class combines live instructor-led lectures with active learning sessions in small groups to ensure that new skills and knowledge are effectively integrated, retained and can be put into practice immediately. Foundry College’s proprietary learning management system, The Forge, accommodates up to 200 students per session and uses performance data to facilitate student learning and success. Created by a team led by President Emeritus and Director of Studies, Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, Foundry College was launched in 2018 and is headquartered in San Francisco. Foundry College was recently named one of the Top 100 Educational Technology Companies in North America by HolonIQ.

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