UC continuing education program led student to enrollment in graduate studies

Sterling Haynes completed four tech certificate courses and is accepted into SoIT master's program

One afternoon last year, at the height of the pandemic, Sterling Haynes was watching a press conference from the governor's office when Lt. Governor John Husted announced the opportunity for partially or unemployed individuals to earn their professional credentials through the state of Ohio's Individual Microcredential Assistance Program.

Haynes, who is a substitute teacher and a tech tips journalist, first enrolled in an IMAP supported course with a nearby university. Later in the year, eager to continue his tech training, he found the course he wanted through the UC School of Information Technology Workforce Development Program. Haynes earned his professional credentials in Azure Fundamentals and Data Fundamentals, ITILv4 Framework, and CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) at UC.

Sterling Haynes

Talking with Haynes this spring, he mentioned how impressed he was with the UC learning environment. He said Canvas was easy to use and he enjoyed the collaboration in MS Teams. He also appreciated the quick response (within 48 hours) from the Office of Professional and Continuing Education to support his path through the program.

Immediately after completing his certficate courses, Haynes' accomplishments were unexpectedly rewarded with a promotion from the non-profit organization where he serves as a board member. He is now the webmaster for EN-RICH-MENT.org, an organization that provides free music, art, and gardening classes to underserved urban youth.

Getting my master's degree has always been on my bucket list.

Sterling Haynes

Due to his positive experience with the professional and continuing education program, Hayes was inspired to apply for an advanced degree in technology at UC. He is currently enrolled in the Fall 2021 master's degree in information technology on the social and website track. Haynes plans to focus on mobile app development and design. "My goal is to become a college professor," said Haynes.

UC is committed to developing tech talent in our region, and the program Haynes participated in is part of the strategic agreement with Microsoft, and a collaboration between the School of Information Technology, Experienced-Based Learning and Career Education and the Office of Professional and Continuing Education. During enrollment, over 658 applications were received and 388 students were registered in eight programs — a big way that UC is helping to get Ohioans back to work or on a path to an advanced degree.