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Canadian College to Launch Blockchain Developer Program

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This post was last updated on March 26th, 2019 at 11:08 pm

With rising blockchain integration, industries across the board are facing a shortage of software engineers familiar with the space. To meet growing demand, Canada’s George Brown College is launching a blockchain development program for incoming students.

Comprehensive Certificate Program in Blockchain

George Brown College will become the first Canadian college to offer a comprehensive certificate in blockchain technology, according to a press release.

The Blockchain Development program will teach students about the technical aspects of blockchain, its architecture and industry applications. Additionally, the program’s curriculum was developed by industry professionals currently working on distributed ledger technology (DLT) projects.

In the official press release, School of Computer Technology Chair Albert Danison said: 

“The most significant challenge inhibiting growth in blockchain today is sourcing qualified talent. With this new program, we are helping build the workforce that Canada needs to harness and ensure mainstream adoption of the technology.”

To meet rising demand, educational institutions have taken action to teach incoming students about blockchain technology. MIT and Princeton, for example, already offer similar, full-time blockchain certificate programs and majors.

Related: Ripple Partners With 17 International Universities In New $50 Million Blockchain Research Initiative

George Brown’s Blockchain Development program will further immerse students in the design and implementation of decentralized applications (dApps), smart contracts, security practices and legal regulations.

The industry-forward program will only accept 20 students and will be taught in an “executive format” over the duration of three semesters.

Marc Lijour, Solution Delivery at ConsenSys, was involved with building the program’s curriculum. In the official press release, Lijour said:

“The blockchain industry is growing rapidly so more educational programs will help provide companies with access to top talent. Research by ICTC estimates that by 2024, more than 100,000 blockchain jobs will be created in Canada. … I’m calling upon my former colleagues in the education ministries to help us scale this program in the months ahead.”

The nascent program aims to prepare students with the tools needed to disrupt industries–such as finance, retail, healthcare and logistics–using blockchain and will launch at George Brown College, Sept. 4.

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