Sheridan’s Business Analysis Program Launches on OntarioLearn

Dan Piedra, Associate Dean, Open Learning Centre at Sheridan

Dan Piedra, Associate Dean, Open Learning Centre at Sheridan

Students across the province now have access to Sheridan’s Business Analysis Program through OntarioLearn.com. Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.  The Sheridan program, which has been running since 2009, is now available to students via online delivery.  “Making this program available through OntarioLearn.com broadens the number of students who can benefit from the program,” stated Dan Piedra, Associate Dean, Open Learning Centre at Sheridan.  “Most of our students are busy working professionals.  Online learning allows these individuals a flexible and convenient means of enrolling in the program.”  Sheridan will continue to offer in-class courses at all three campuses: Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga.

Business analysts help organizations and stakeholders to understand and document their requirements.  Business projects continue to experience very high failure rates.  The most common cause of these failures is poorly understood or communicated project requirements.  The business analyst is a facilitator who helps to eliminate these issues.

“Being a business analyst is a fantastic career choice.  Every day, I work with people and help them to solve their business problems.” – Zahid Chaudry, Senior Business Analyst TD and Sheridan student.

Business analysis has been a strong point in the Canadian employment landscape. A recent report, Business Analysts and the Digital Economy, from the Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) indicates that the number of business analysts employed in Canada will increase from 150,000 in 2011 to 171,000 by 2016.  To fill these jobs, workers need the appropriate education and skills.  “Business analysis is a challenging role that involves a unique combination communication skills and analytical skills,” explains Marcia Boyce, Sheridan’s Program Manager for the Business Analysis Certificate.  “Our program prepares students from various backgrounds for these positions.”

OntarioLearn.com is a partnership of 24 Ontario community colleges that have pooled their resources to increase online learning options. Ontario colleges can now list Sheridan’s business analysis courses in their own course calendars.  Students from these colleges then enroll in the same class sections as the Sheridan students. This pooling means that participating colleges don’t have to reinvent the wheel by creating their own business analysis courses. The program has already attracted students enroll through other Ontario colleges.

The next set of classes begins in September 2013 for both online and in-class delivery.

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