Northeastern University Expands Silicon Valley Presence With San Francisco Micro Credential Program In Computer Science

New Partnership with Lookout Offers Convenient Courses in Popular Emerging Topics to Give Students an Edge in the Local Tech Market

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2018 – Northeastern University has partnered with Lookout, the leader in securing mobility, to launch a Micro Credential program in San Francisco for working professionals to take courses and bolster their skills in emerging areas of computer science.

The partnership with Lookout is an extension of the university’s Silicon Valley campus based in San Jose, California. The Micro Credential program is the first of the campus’s expansion efforts to provide easier access for students who live in and around San Francisco, catering to the growing number of tech companies headquartered there.

Courses will be offered at Lookout’s office in downtown San Francisco. The first course, “Data Mining Techniques,” begins in March and covers aspects such as classification, prediction, ensemble methods, association rules, sequence mining, and cluster analysis. Students will also have opportunities to gain valuable hands-on experience by mining useful knowledge from large data sets. Classes, designed for working professionals, will be held on weekday afternoons and evenings.

Future courses are planned in areas such as parallel data processing, network security, cloud computing, and mobile application development. Students can earn a Micro Credential in computer science by taking three courses, and a Micro Credential can also count as credit toward earning a Master of Science in Computer Science at Northeastern.

“Continued education is increasingly essential in today’s rapidly changing tech sector,” said Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern’s College of Computer and Information Science. “Micro Credentials and flexible graduate programs offer savvy workers the chance to boost their careers and stay ahead of the field, giving them added job security and highly relevant skills.”

“We are very excited to team up with Lookout to offer this groundbreaking program for students in San Francisco,” said P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO for Northeastern University-Silicon Valley. “Our Micro Credential program based at Lookout provides a new opportunity for many students in greater San Francisco to gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive market for computer science job positions.”

Northeastern is a global leader in experiential education; in 2016-17, the university had more than 11,000 co-op placements and more than 3,100 co-op employers worldwide.

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About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential research university. Our tradition of partnership and engagement creates a distinctive approach to education and research built on the values of experiential learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Northeastern is the recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world’s most innovative cooperative-education program. We offer students opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 131 countries on seven continents. The same spirit of engagement guides a use-inspired research enterprise that is strategically aligned with three global imperatives: health, security, and sustainability. Northeastern offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Silicon Valley, Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle and Toronto.

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