BlueCrest conducts IBM workshop for faculty development
The Faculty of Technology at the Bluecrest College kickstarted 2019 with a Faculty Development Programme to keep the lecturers up-to-date on developments in Big Data, which is the latest trends in technology globally. The event, called IBM Application Security Engineer, was an opportunity for faculty members to update their skills, participate in the most critical trends in their discipline and use the takeaways to advance the quality of mentorship in BlueCrest classrooms.
Relevance of Subject
As many as 700000 jobs will open up for Big Data professionals by the year 2020, according to reports. Students of Big Data are prepared to collect and analyse large amounts of data from different sources and professionals in this discipline require skills in working with various applications, such as Apache Hadoop, Ambari, Spark, Big SQL, HDFS, YARN, MapReduce, ZooKeeper, Knox, Sqoop, and HBase among others.
This training programme for faculty had four courses:
1) Introduction to Big Data Ecosystem,
2) Introduction to Data Science,
3) Introduction Big SQL,
4) IBM Watson Studio
The training was facilitated by Mr Mark Atta Mensah, also a faculty at the BlueCrest School of Technology.
The participants faced challenges in a series of tasks that they had to complete during the time of the training. However, they successfully cleared those hurdles and received their certifications from IBM. The record scoring came from Mr Kofi Amoateng, FoT faculty who scored 95% in the exam.
This initiative was well-received, and the participants felt very motivated. They were particularly excited about completing difficult tasks during the training. There were discussions on different ways to use their new lessons in the classroom.