Kaplan Professional announced today that it, in collaboration with CyberVista, will offer free online educational courses for select industry-recognized credentials to colleges and universities in the United States. As the economy moves toward likely recession due to the global COVID-19 crisis, industry-recognized credentials, stacked on top of college degrees, can serve as a compelling job market differentiator for students.
"As universities are closing campuses, students have a unique opportunity to fill their educational ‘downtime’ by focusing their energy toward earning an industry-recognized credential," said Andrew Temte, CEO of Kaplan Professional.
The online courses being made available to university students include:
- Securities Industry Essentials (SIE)
- Wealth Management SpecialistSM (WMS)
- Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalSM (FPQP)
- Fundamentals of Civil Engineering (FE)
- Security+ Online Solution
- Cybersecurity Critical Knowledge CourseTM
Effective immediately, and until the end of July 2020, universities interested in making these programs available to students should contact Kaplan Professional, and an online enrollment and education portal will be quickly made available. "As we brace for a likely global recession, it is more important than ever that college graduates are taking additional steps to prepare for workplace readiness," said Temte.
About Kaplan Professional
Kaplan Professional, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a leading provider of training and education services operating in more than 30 countries and working with over 10,000 corporations and businesses globally. Kaplan Professional helps professionals obtain certifications, licensure and designations that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers. Kaplan Professional partners with organizations to solve their talent management challenges through customized corporate learning and development solutions. Through live and online instruction, Kaplan Professional provides test preparation, licensing, continuing education and professional development programs to businesses and individuals in the accounting, insurance, securities, real estate, financial, wealth management, engineering and architecture industries. Kaplan, Inc. is part of the Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC).
CyberVista is a cybersecurity workforce development company. CyberVista's mission is to build and strengthen organizations by providing cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to drive growth and defense. Founded in 2016, CyberVista benefits from the rich 85-year history of Kaplan—one of the world’s premier training providers—as its sister company and ally. In 2018, CyberVista welcomed Transcender into the brand. Transcender brings over 25 years of helping organizations and practitioners build technical job skills across all areas of IT and cybersecurity.