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Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential

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Mike Fasil graduated Friday from George Mason University, where he earned a new digital technology credential.

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities are offering a new digital technology credential, to certify that graduates are skilled and knowledgeable in technology disciplines.

Credit: Mike Facil

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities currently offer a digital technology credential, which educators said will soon be expanded to institutions elsewhere in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The credential was co-designed by major area businesses, to certify that graduates are skilled and knowledgeable in disciplines like statistics, data visualization, and cybersecurity.

Business leaders refined the universities' selection criteria for credential-earning graduates to include skills in reducing uncertainty and risk in decision-making via data, and managing large data volumes with computer apps.

Businesses need graduates with problem-solving skills who can negotiate the digital economy's technical and ethical issues, and universities hope to help fulfill the region's job needs.

Said George Mason president Angel Cabrera, "We're not ashamed of our goal to help students be successful professionally."

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