George Brown College will launch a new online certificate in service robotics in September 2020 to address the growing demand for skilled professionals as this industry continues to expand and innovate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Service Robotics certificate program will be offered through George Brown Continuing Education and was co-developed by George Brown and robotics solution provider GlobalDWS. The college announced a partnership with GlobalDWS in 2019, which saw the use of a service robot on campus to explore how this technology can add value to students and employees and the impact it will have on the future of work.
“There is tremendous potential for service robots to improve experiences and augment the workforce in a wide range of industries, from health care to hospitality,” says Rick Huijbregts, George Brown’s Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation. “The demand for this type of technology is growing and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the possibilities for service robots in frontline sectors.”
This four-course program guides students through the growth and development of the service robotics industry, as well as typical applications, current and future market trends, and the impact this technology will have on organizations and customers. The first course in the program is Service Robotics 1: Fundamentals.
New skills for a post-COVID world
The development of this service robotics micro-credential kicks off efforts at George Brown to create online courses focused on essential skills and roles for a post-COVID-19 world as part of the college’s Rapid Skills Incubator, which is set to launch in September 2020. These 15 to 30-hour programs will be developed with industry partners. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of four or more programs.
This work is part of the George Brown’s Vision 2030 strategy, to ensure we prepare lifelong learners with skills to adapt to an ever-changing workforce.
“We’re prioritizing the rapid development of shorter, essential, relevant online learning opportunities and finding ways to scale the education experiences that George Brown College is known for,” Huijbregts says.
“It’s these types of programs that will help our students become lifelong learners, to upskill and stay relevant in a rapidly changing workforce.”