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 post-secondary education institute in Alberta. It is both government licensed and government designated. With several renditions of its Programming Diploma completed or underway, InnoTech is continuing to improve and update its operations to continue working side-by-side with industry in educating our students to ensure that they are learning those skills that are most relevant to today’s employers. We also focus on ensuring that all of our students are supported and mentored both within and outside the classroom, to enable their successful completion of our programs and transition into or back into their chosen career.

NO PAST PROGRAMMING
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
InnoTech’s 2017 focus is on the continued improvement of its SharePoint Specialization Programming Diploma. It is the only post-secondary program in Alberta that takes a student with no previous programming experience and transforms them into a Programmer with a SharePoint Specialization.

AFFORDABLE
IN-CLASS TRAININGSo
 many online SharePoint courses charge a couple hundred dollars for a single day of training, and those courses that teach in-class courses often focus on general knowledge and theory rather than on teaching skills applicable to the industry. These features of other programs, along with the demand for qualified SharePoint Developers in the industry, InnoTech College is proud to say its core program is its SharePoint Specialization Programming Diploma focused on lower cost for what the student receives and specific training of skills required and demanded in in the industry. 

WORK WHILE
YOU LEARN
The program is eight months long, the tuition cost is the equivalent of two semesters of a university degree, the teaching prepares students for transition into the industry immediately following graduation, full-time or part-time work commitments are manageable with the class schedule, and the learning environment is designed in such a way that all types of learners can succeed.

 

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EDMONTON PROGRAMMING DIPLOMA
SharePoint Specialization Dates:

May 14, 2018 – February 1, 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 is intended to prepare someone with no past programming experience for successful entry into the workforce as an entry-level SharePoint Developer.

The admission requirements include the passing of our competency test, 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 as many opportunities to receive feedback and support from our skilled instructors as they might like.

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 applications and features. Below is a list of labs that will be completed by the end of the 8 months of students’’ participation in the Diploma program. This is not an extensive list. 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: Create a website
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
  • SharePoint site for internal use

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 offers the opportunity for a 60 hour internship upon completion of its 8 month Programming Diploma with a SharePoint specialization. This could be in the form of a group internship in which several students work on a similar project for a company or its clients. It may also be in the form of an individual internship with a company who is potentially looking to hire the student upon completion of the internship. It is not mandatory for students to complete an internship in order to graduate. We understand that students may also have full or part-time work commitments and may be unable to take off the time required for the internship. If this is the case, students can expect guidance and support from InnoTech in assisting them with movement towards their new career.

InnoTech College takes many steps when building industry-student relations. Some of those steps include:

  • Bring industry representatives into the classroom to meet with students, discuss the industry, answer questions about their companies and other companies in the industry and collect resumes.
  • Bring an HR manager from a top employer’s firm to provide guidance to students regarding resumes, interviewing, successful candidate best practices and shed light on the HR process for IT.
  • Provide individualized support when it comes to becoming the best candidate you can be when applying for positions. This includes workshops for resume and cover-letter writing, 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 PLACEMENTSUnderstand that we are going to work hard on your behalf to help you be successful. We cannot do it all for you but there is lots that we can do. And we will do all we can to assist you with your new or renewed IT career. You worked hard in class and we are working harder outside of class. Student
 success is InnoTech College’s 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
Are you interested in computer programming? Learning to code? Thinking that your interest and skills with computers could be put to better use? Our programming course might be just the thing you need. Our students are made up of tech savvy and tech interested individuals who want to build off their interest and do something exciting with it. They are dedicated, professional and ready to join a classroom with professional instruction and a supportive staff behind them.  Our Edmonton classroom is designed for one-on-one assistance, collaborative learning and individualized support. InnoTech’s course is designed for the complete programming beginner. Students will learn how to code in a variety of scripted languages, programming languages, and mark-up languages. After 8 months of instruction, you will be ready to code for both your own enjoyment as well as for companies and clients of your own.  While there are online courses that will teach you how to code, InnoTech’s course will do so much more. 

Can I use this program to upgrade my IT skills?

GREAT FOR IT NOVICES AND
EXPERIENCED IT PROFESSIONALSOf course
! We aren’t just a college for individuals fresh out of high school – InnoTech’s Programming Diploma is also an opportunity for IT Professionals to develop their skills and add to their repertoire of employable skills . Many of our best students have already been working in the IT industry, albeit with different hardware. We want to stress to our potential students that there are many different avenues you can go when you have the knowledge our program teaches. What we want to get across to our potential students is that there are so many different avenues for our graduates. There are part-time, full-time, and contract opportunities. You don’t just have to work in an IT company. You can work in a company in Retail, Government, Accounting, Manufacturing  – wherever you fit best is where we will help you get. 

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

Students that put in the work, ask questions, trust their instructors and practice over and over in class and outside of class will do well in the program. In order to do well, students must show up to class, complete the homework and they must want to learn. If you are willing to do those things, you will find success. New high school graduates are a large part of our student demographics and we would encourage high school grads interested in further education to seriously consider InnoTech College if they are interested in 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 relevant, applicable skills for specialized and direct entry into the industry with theory and problem solving skills taught in longer university programs, as well as soft skills that employers are craving.

As of 2015, there are no other private or public educational institutions, in Alberta, that offer a programming certification/diploma that focuses on SharePoint from a beginner’s perspective. In addition to learning SharePoint, there’s a great focus within the program on giving students a great understanding of other relevant and in-demand skills. C# , for example, has been listed by many sources as being among the most in-demand IT skills of 2016 – this is also taught in the program.

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, data, and records management system among other things. It is used to build websites, extranets, intranets, web parts and applications. It is utilized by 80% of Fortune 500 companies, in addition to the majority of government-run organizations and medium-large businesses.

What does the program delivery look like?

Edmonton and Calgary classes will run three days per week.

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 work with the instructor and their classmates to understand real-world demonstrations and practical skills. 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. Check out the Our Team page to learn more about our instructors. 

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 practice, practice, practice!

The program delivery works in accordance with part-time or full-time working professionals. On top of this, all course software or technical requirements are 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 information technology sector. 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 and operations staff are always willing to assist students with student funding, enrollment procedures and scholarships. Book an appointment to enroll today!

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 for any of their needs during class.

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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