PROGRAMMING DIPLOMA

SHAREPOINT SPECIALIZATION

Preparing you for a career in software,
web and database development.
8-months long
 

ABOUT

SKILLS RELEVANT
TO EMPLOYERS
InnoTech College is a new Alberta government licensed and designated post-secondary education institution. Its operations are focused on working side-by-side with industries in educating our students to ensure that the skills and knowledge that they leave with are of the most relevance to today’s employers. We also focus on ensuring that all of our students are supported through individualized guidance within and outside the classroom, to enable their successful completion of our programs and transition into their new career.

NO PAST PROGRAMMING
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
InnoTech’s 2016 focus is on the launch of our SharePoint Specialization Programming Diploma. It’s the only post-secondary program in Alberta that transforms a student with no past programming experience into a Programmer with a SharePoint Specialization.

AFFORDABLE
IN-CLASS TRAINING
With many online SharePoint courses charging an average of $500 per a single day of training, in-class courses focused on general knowledge and theory rather than on applied skills, and employers being desperate for qualified candidates, it was clear that InnoTech College core program had to be its SharePoint Specialization Programming Diploma.

WORK WHILE
YOU LEARN
The program is just eight months in length, the tuition cost equates to approximately two semesters of university, the class schedule allows for full-time or part-time work commitments, and the learning environment is intimate and hands-on.

 

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CALGARY PROGRAMMING DIPLOMA
SharePoint Specialization Dates:

April 30th, 2018 – January 18th, 2019
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5 – 9 PM

Tuition Includes:

  • Textbooks
  • Course Materials
  • Laptop computer
  • Access to all required software
  • Remote support
  • In-class support
  • Labs
  • MCSD Certification preparation
  • Job and Internship Placement Assistance

Total tuition $10,440
(including enrolment fee)

MORE INFORMATION
SharePoint & the IT job market

The SharePoint Specialization Programming Diploma prepares you for successful entry into the workforce as an entry-level SharePoint Developer. It is also available to current IT Professionals seeking upgrading courses, specifically with Microsoft SharePoint.

The admission requirements include the passing of our competency test (or submission of a high school diploma), an in-person enrollment interview, and the payment of a registration fee of $500.

MAX 20 PEOPLE
PER CLASS
Our Calgary and Edmonton class sizes are small and as a result, all the students receive plenty of opportunities to receive feedback and support from our skilled instructors.

CURRICULUM

CLIENT SIDE WEB
DEVELOPMENT

  • HTML/HTML5
  • CSS/CSS3
  • Javascript
  • JQuery

C# PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE

  • Visual Studio
  • CSharp
  • Statements
  • Methods & Parameters
  • Control Flow

SERVER SIDE WEB
DEVELOPMENT

  • ASP .NET
  • Web Controls
  • User Controls

BUSINESS BASICS

  • Business communications
  • Employability

SHAREPOINT

  • Orientation to SharePoint
  • Development Tools
  • Object Model
  • SharePoint Lists
  • Controls and Web Parts
  • Solutions & Features
  • Developing Workflows
  • Business Connectivity Services
  • SharePoint App Model
  • Intro to MVC
  • Security
  • Pages, Branding and Navigation
  • Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Azure

HANDS-ON APPLICATION

WEEKLY
CODING LABS
Within InnoTech College’s Programming Diploma specializing in SharePoint, students have an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on skills while building a variety of tools. Below is a list of labs that will be completed by the end of the 8 months of students’’ participation in the Diploma program. Students’ grades will be heavily weighed on their ability to complete the below labs, rather than on traditional testing practices.

BUILD DATABASES, PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLATFORMS
AND A PROCUREMENT SITE RIGHT IN CLASS

 

Lab 1: Calculator with various functionalities
Lab 2: Creation of a web application that communicates with SharePoint online
Lab 3: Implementation of a student-management database
Lab 4: Project site that keeps in a SharePoint environment

  • Include features: list, document library, event
  • Web part for managing projects’ budgets
  • Workflow for managing approvals
  • Create an MVC Add-in that communicates with SharePoint REST

Final Lab: Building of a procurement site that:

  • Tracks all related projects
  • Manages vendors
  • Manages all documents generated through the ordering process
  • Libraries, pages, lists, content types, and columns will all auto generate in the final solution

INTERNSHIP

InnoTech’s Programming Diploma with a SharePoint Specialization includes a 3 week internship/practicum for all students.

EMPLOYERS VISITING
THE CLASSROOM
InnoTech College’s goal is to ensure that graduates are not only well-connected with employers for the purposes of a successful and smooth transition into an internship, but that they are also well-prepared for the internship experience. When building our Programming Diploma specializing in SharePoint, we involved future employers of our graduates in the entire curriculum development process, and also received their confirmation that interns would be welcome within their organizations upon graduation.

Some steps that InnoTech College takes when building industry-student relations are:

  • Invite industry representatives right into our intimate classroom, where presenters can speak about their companies to the students, meet the students, and collect resumes
  • Bring an HR manager from a top employer’s firm to provide guidance to students regarding how to be successful in the application process with her and/or other similar HR managers at other firms
  • Provide individualized employability support with resume and cover-letter assistance, as well as assistance with interview skills
  • Make e-mail introductions between employers and students, so as to assist with the often-challenging ‘first contact’

WE ASSIST YOU WITH FINDING
INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS
Something else to note is that, often, smaller and newer post-secondary institutions will be willing to work harder for their students. This happens for several reasons. Firstly, a smaller institution will have fewer students; hence, allowing it to provide more personal support to each individual. The other reason why students may receive a higher level of service at a smaller institution is because such institutions have to work harder to build a name for themselves. They can’t stay stagnant and rely on their size and lengthy history for growth. The only factor that they have to rely on for building and growing their reputation is their students’ success. At InnoTech College, our students’ success is our number one priority, and we will go the extra length to meet this goal.

FAQs

Is the IT Industry the career path for me?

YOU LEARN MORE THAN JUST CODING. WE
PREPARE YOU FOR A CAREER AS A PROGRAMMER
Do you want to learn how to code? Do you like computers? Problem Solving? We’re looking for potential students who have a knack for computers, who are interested in learning to program and interested in learning to code. Our course takes complete programming beginners and teaches them how to properly code back end systems in a variety of languages. Our curriculum includes scripted, programming, and mark-up languages. After 8 months with us you won’t just know how to code, you’ll be ready for a career in programming. We know there are online courses that teach you how to code, but our course is so much different. Not only do we teach our students how to code, we train them to be software developers ready to work with IT departments across all industries. It isn’t just about learning for us – it’s about equipping you with the skills you need to succeed in a career in Information Technology.

Can I use this program to upgrade my IT skills?

GREAT FOR IT NOVICES AND
EXPERIENCED IT PROFESSIONALS
Yes. We aren’t just a college for beginners – our Programming Diploma is a great opportunity for IT Professionals to upgrade their skills. Maybe you work on the administration or project management side of IT. Maybe you work with computer hardware. If that’s the case, you have probably noticed a decrease in demand for administrative IT skills and hardware IT skills. But there’s still a way for you to work in your chosen profession! Become a software developer. Hardware skills may be going out-of-style, but software skills are in high-demand in Calgary. YYC is a great place to live and work – there are small to medium companies interested in adding software developers to their IT teams. Not to mention large Software Consulting Companies like Pleasant Solutions, based in Calgary, who are ready to add SharePoint Developers to their team of consultants. There are tons of new avenues waiting for our graduates. If you’re looking for a change, we can make the transition a smooth one.

Would I do well in this course if I am just coming out of High School?

We’ll say to you what we say to all of our potential students no matter what walk of life they come from: your rate of success in the course is directly proportional to how much effort you put in. Whether you are a complete beginner or you have already been in the IT Industry for 15 years, this course is designed to work for whatever individual shows up to class, puts in the work, and wants to do well. We absolutely recommend our program for recent high school grads. If you aren’t sure what your next steps after High School should be, take a look at our program and see if you’d be a good fit for Computer Programming.

How does InnoTech College’s SharePoint Program compare to similar programs at other Institutions?

The table below offers some information about InnoTech College’s program as it relates to similar programs around the city. A similar table broken down by topics covered in each program can be found here.

School University of
Calgary
InnoTech
College
University of
Calgary
Lighthouse
Labs
SAIT NAIT
Program Computer
Science
Degree
Software
Developer w
SharePoint
Specialization
.NET
Application
Development
Web
Development
Web
Developer
Web
Developer
Includes
in-person
instruction
Suitable for
beginner?
Pre-requisites High school
diploma 
None  None  Intro to Web
Development
Course +
additional prep
course
2+ years at
recognized
post-
secondary
institution
Prior
certificate in
HTML/CSS 
Level of
achievement
Undergraduate
Degree
Diploma Certificate Certificate Certificate Certificate
Includes
internship
Includes job
placement
assistance
Includes
business
training
Eligible for
Alberta Student
Aid Funding
Preparation for
MCSD
Certification
Length of
program
32
months
8
months
4
months
3
months
6
months
6-8
months
Hours of
instruction
N/A 468 240 120 128 150
Approximate
total cost
$45,000 $10,440 $7,850 $8,400 $7,575 $6,700

Why pick InnoTech?

We have met with recruiters and employers to find out exactly what they look for in new recruits. By listening to what employers shared with us, we developed our curriculum to meet those exact requirements.

ALBERTA EMPLOYERS CONTRIBUTE
TO BUILDING THE CURRICULUM
InnoTech’s SharePoint Programming Diploma combines the technical skills that a student would learn at a specialized technical college, with the computer science typically learned in university programs, along with the softer business skills like problem solving, project management, and communication that individuals typically learn on the job.

As of 2015, there are no other private or public educational institutions, in Alberta, that offer a programming certification/diploma that focuses on SharePoint. In addition to learning SharePoint, there’s a great focus within the program on giving students a great understanding of .net programs and the language they’re programmed in – C#. Both, .Net and C# have been listed by many sources as being amongst the most in-demand IT skills of 2016.

What is SharePoint exactly, and why would I want to specialize in it?

EVERY COMPANY HAS A DATABASE AND 80%
OF DATABASES ARE BUILT USING SHAREPOINT
SharePoint is a multi-functional Microsoft content management system. It is used to build websites, extranets, intranets, with over 20,000 new SharePoint users being added daily. It is utilized by 80% of Fortune 500 companies, in addition to the majority of government-run organizations and medium-large businesses. For instance, 100% of the US Federal government has SharePoint licenses, but can’t find enough developers. Also, SharePoint is not going anywhere, being that it’s backed by a company with a net worth of $230 billion (Microsoft), this software is here to stay!

What does the program delivery look like?

Edmonton and Calgary classes will run three days per week.

The program delivery is based on a ‘blended learning’ model, which includes a combination of online and in-class education. It is intended to give students flexibility with time, in combination with the in-class support environment necessary for an engaging learning experience.

CLASSES RUN 12 HRS PER WEEK
ON EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS
Students will come to class 2 weeknights and 1 afternoon weekend/ per week over the 8-month span of the program. During classes, students apply theoretical concepts they studied in their at-home learning resources . Class time is spent on instructor demonstrations (30%) and lectures (30%), as well as on one-on-ones with each student while they practice skills learned at home (40%). All instruction is led by an industry expert from the SharePoint field. The hands-on programming aspect of the course also occurs throughout class time, with students having the opportunity to interact with one another and ask for help.

The total classroom commitment is 12 hours/week.

In addition to class time, it is recommended that students devote between 10 and 20 hour per week to homework. Homework will involve, mainly, practice (80%), along with some readings (20%).

Ultimately, the program delivery is designed to be flexible and to accommodate the working professional. All of the students’ technical requirements will be provided by InnoTech College (ie. software, computers).

What does a SharePoint Developer earn in Canada?

According to payscale.com the median salary for a SharePoint Developer is C$68,544. (2015)

STARTING SALARY
IS $60K/YEAR
After just an 8-month investment of your time, you could be entering an exciting career in the booming technology sector, in a role that is highly in demand by employers world-wide. The SharePoint Specialization Programming Diploma is manageable for students of all types, whether you’re also working on the side, or not. Additionally, our administrative staff are happy to assist all students with applying for government student funding in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. What are you waiting for? Apply today!

As with all of our educational programs, the Diploma is delivered through a blended learning model. Students engage in learning from our interactive classroom, as well as through engaging resources that are available for them to access from home.

What are your classroom facilities like?

Our classroom facilities provide students with a clean and welcoming place to learn. Any classroom utilized throughout the duration of the program is available for students to study in before and after regularly scheduled class times. Our facility also has accessible washrooms, a kitchen where students are welcome to use the fridge, microwave, sink, and dishware, and a bay window so students do not feel as though they are trapped inside all day!

Programming as a Career

WORK IN ANY INDUSTRY: EDUCATION,
TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH ENERGY, OIL AND
GAS, GOVERNMENT, NON-PROFIT AND MORE
The skills and knowledge you learn as a programmer will always be relevant and in-demand. As you gain more experience there will be continuous opportunities for advancement. The specialization we offer, SharePoint, is used by companies in Education, Health Services, Energy, Transportation, Government, and even Manufacturing. This will allow you to work with any company that may interest you. As a programmer, you can decide when and how you want to work, you can choose to work part-time, full-time, or contract.

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