At Central, students are motivated to bring their passion for current events beyond the classroom as they strive to make the world a better place. Central is proud of its 12 students—spanning all four grades—who joined YUPAC on Wednesday last week for a lobby mission to Washington, D.C. On Sunday, in preparation for their visit, participants attended a training seminar at Stern College.
At their first stop in the nation’s capital, the participants arrived at AIPAC headquarters, where they met with senior AIPAC leaders. Students learned of the active debate in Congress about a proposed bill to increase sanctions on Iran. The “lobbyists” then met with Congresswoman Grace Meng of the Sixth District of New York, as well as her office staff, to present reasons why she should support the bill if it were to pass in the Senate and come to the House.
Rabbi Eli Slomnicki says the students, led by alumna Rivka Abbe (’12), were amazing. After daveningMinchah in front of the Capitol, the students were privileged to visit the Israeli Embassy, where three embassy employees described their diplomatic functions and advised the students how to combat misinformed statements about Israel on social-media sites. Marnie Weingarten (’18) “can’t wait to continue to organize lobbies for Central in the future.” v
YU Launches Technology Certificate Programs
Yeshiva University is planning to launch four skills-based technology career certificate programs beginning May 11, 2015. The programs will provide remote-collaboration-driven courses, focused on software technology and data analytics—crucial areas of growing need in the marketplace. The certificates will be offered through YU Global, Yeshiva University’s online learning initiative, and can be completed over a six-month period.
“YU Global is an important evolutionary step for Yeshiva, offering an innovative approach to the delivery of advanced education and training,” said Dr. Selma Botman, YU vice president for academic affairs. “These programs will help students meet the growing demand for high-tech careers and capitalize on the richness of resources that are available online.”
Students in the programs will work with faculty mentors on real-world team projects to build the practical skills and experience employers are looking for in Agile Web Application Development in Ruby on Rails, Big Data/Data Analytics, eCommerce Technologies, and Mobile Application Development.
“One of the unique aspects of our certificate programs is the mentoring provided to students,” said Botman. “Students will receive an unmatched Yeshiva University education, while studying at a pace that enriches their learning experience.”
YU Global’s online catalog will eventually include graduate degrees, professional development programs, and lifelong learning programs, as well as additional certificates. These courses will feature faculty members from Yeshiva University and will also draw on new pools of talented teachers and experts in various industries.
“In this online venture, Yeshiva is combining its deep educational expertise with transformative new teaching and learning technologies so that students and lifelong learners all over the world can now access YU courses and programs,” said Akiva Covitz, YU Global’s executive director for strategy.
To learn more about YU Global, upcoming information sessions, or to register for the certificate programs, visit global.yu.edu.