UTSA has always served as a driver of economic prosperity and social mobility for the city of San Antonio and Bexar County. Now, more than ever, the university is in a position to help the city’s workforce regain their footing in the face of unprecedented unemployment rates and financial insecurity.
UTSA is providing scholarships up to $500 toward a set of self-paced career training programs in customer/client support, administrative support, information technology, sales, and healthcare/medical support. Courses range from 3 to 12 months and prepare students for national certification testing.
By identifying local skill clusters, job seekers can better match educational pathways with career opportunities in their area.
Through an analysis of over 68,000 job postings in Bexar County from March 2019 to February 2020, UTSA identified the most sought after skillsets by employers. For inclusion in the analysis, a posting must request a high school diploma or an associate's degree as the highest education level required to apply.
The top five skill clusters included: administrative support, customer support, healthcare, information technology, and sales. Often, multiple skill clusters were found in a single job posting. For instance, an information technology job posting may also request customer support skills.
UTSA is offering two special summer career advancement programs, all fully online and many completely free of charge. The courses will run from May through August; participants are not required to have a college degree to enroll.
These online courses offer San Antonians—particularly those in the service, hospitality and retail industries—the opportunity to upskill through a series of deeply discounted six-week courses. Upon completion, participants earn a professional certificate.
UTSA is offering San Antonio professionals the opportunity to earn a professional digital badge completely free of charge. Normally reserved for students pursuing a UTSA graduate degree, the badges build transferable skills across a variety of careers.