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To do: summer certifications at UTSA

Alex Dewees

Looking to get a leg up this summer? UTSA offers tons of opportunities to boost your resume and learn additional skills, allowing you to push your career even further. The semester is almost over and a lot of us are feeling burnt out, but do not let the momentum stop here. In the upcoming months, take advantage of the programs available to you and make the most of your time. Certifications not only signal to potential employers that you have the training and knowledge about a certain field but also show your dedication to learning more about your craft. 

  • CompTIA

For tech wizards, CompTIA might be right up your alley. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries, and you are on the launchpad to the top. Recognized as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, the program in San Antonio is among the top in the country. The Cybersecurity Boot Camp is offered through the Carlos Alvarez College of Business but is completely online. The boot camp takes place over 24 weeks of part-time, nine-hour weeks, and provides you with all the technical skills necessary to defend our data. But do not waste any time; the next start date is right around the corner, on April 22.

  • Business Analytics

Another great certification also hailing from the business college is the Certificate in Business Analytics. Whether you are pursuing a business major or your passions lie elsewhere, this certification indicates to future employers that you understand business concepts, but more importantly, you can tell them what the data means. This program gives you foundational knowledge and provides you with the expertise to make decisions that improve the company as a whole.

  • Registered Behavior Technician

Those of you with the empathy and patience to guide youth toward better education should look no further than the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training. If you love psychology and learning about human behaviors, obtaining this certification will show employers you are prepared and passionate about helping others overcome their struggles. RBTs typically work with behavior analysts on a variety of different patients, from children with learning challenges to substance abusers desperately trying to get their lives back on track. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an estimated 12% growth within the next few years, indicating prospects and job security for RBTs. But here is the kicker, the training offered by UTSA is fully online and can be completed in as little as five weeks. The next available program runs from May 23 to June 20 but if that does not work for you, no worries, there are two more programs you can get into this summer before the next semester.

  • Legal Studies

The Institute for Law and Public Affairs here at UTSA hosts a Law School Preparation Academy over the summer, providing you with the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Legal Studies. Alternatively, there is also an online Paralegal Certificate Program, both of which are designed to prepare you for the LSAT, law school and the career field, as well as give you the chance to speak to practicing attorneys and form meaningful connections. The regular deadline for applications to the summer law school academy is April 19, while the paralegal certificate program’s first semester begins on May 11.

Whether these specific certifications jumped out at you or just merely got the gears turning, UTSA has many certifications you can use to bolster your resume, solidifying success in the long term. For more information on the certifications available to you, browse this list of undergraduate programs here at UTSA.

College of Engineering

College of Sciences

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

College of Engineering and Integrated Design

University College

Carlos Alvarez College of Business

Department of Public Administration

College for Health, Community and Policy

Certificate in Athletic Coaching offered by the Department of Kinesiology, College for Health, Community and Policy.

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