COD offers new certificate program in Python programming language – Chicago Daily Herald


College of DuPage now offers a certificate program for students interested in learning Python, one of the top three computer programming languages used in the U.S.

“With the addition of this certificate program, College of DuPage fortifies its position as a leader among colleges for students who wish to keep up with the latest trends in the workplace,” said COD Business and Applied Technology Division Dean Kris Fay.

The new Python Language Proficiency Certificate offers students a convenient, cost-effective option to learn the language.

With the program, COD seeks to equip students delving into the workforce and professionals already working in the field with this skill that is in high demand, said COD Computer and Information Science Professor Sheikh Shamsuddin.

“Sometimes boot camp programs are offered to software developers or people who wish to enhance their programming skills in Python language,” he said. “However, the program can be costly. Some colleges offer Python programming courses, but to the best of my knowledge, only a few colleges offer Python language proficiency certificates.”

Through this program, which involves 12 credit hours, students gain competency in the language through completing three courses: Programming Logic and Technique, Introduction to Python Programming, and Advanced Python Programming.



Coursework includes implementing Python’s data structures and exploring large standard libraries.

In addition to Python-specific lessons, students completing the certificate program will learn to use software design tools, including Input Processing Output (IPO) charts and Unified Modeling Language (UML) diagrams.

“This certificate program offers insights into how powerful Python language programming can appear,” Shamsuddin said. “Its applications involve vast field areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and web development. The language library is immense. Students will have the opportunity to explore them.”

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