Education

Are you currently in school for AI or looking to change your career path? Consider applying to one of our scholarships! New AI courses and workshops are available!

We are working with BCIT, Northeastern University, SFU and UBC to create great learning opportunities with new courses and workshops in AI. With different options for whether you're in school or looking for a professional workshop, we are sure to have the right fit for you. Check out the list below of courses and workshops. You may be eligible for a $500 scholarship!

Athena Pathways has partnered with Microsoft

Microsoft is providing funding for BC women to take Global Knowledge courses for FREE! Check out the current course offering below in the Professional Workshops Category.

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Undergraduate Studies

CMPT 419 - Special Topics in Artificial Intelligence ‐ Affective Computing

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: May 11 - August 21, 2020
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Course Description

Emotions play a central role in our daily lives as humans. The field of affective computing studies how emotions can have a major impact in the construction of interactive, intelligent agents and interfaces. This course will cover topics in affective computing as follows. First, theories and models of emotion (including core affect, mood, feelings) from psychological, neuroscientific and computational perspectives will be reviewed. Secondly, we will study techniques for automatic perception of human internal state, including using machine learning to understand sentiment using modalities such as gaze, posture, speech, text, movement and music. Thirdly, synthesis and expression of emotion and empathy in virtual agents, robots, chatbots and synthetic characters will be explored. Finally, we will delve into the implementation of emotion theories, including how to use the above techniques to make more believable, effective, enjoyable, and useful intelligent interactive systems.

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COMP 7405 - Topics in Computer Programming – Artificial Intelligence

  • Institution: BCIT
  • Date: September 16- December 9, 2020
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Course Description

​This course provides an introduction to the various topics in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Topics to be covered include search, games, regression, classification and neural networks. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals underpinning AI applications and gain hands-on experience through the development of AI systems. Practical work in course projects focuses on developing components of AI systems as well as analyzing real-world datasets from different domains. The societal implications and ethical considerations in the design of AI systems will also be discussed.

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Graduate Studies and Professional Development

Change Management Fundamentals

  • Institution: UBC
  • Date: October 30- November 25, 2020
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Course Description

Aligned with the ACMP’s Standard for Change Management®, this course examines the tools and techniques used to develop and manage the change process and looks at the impact change management has on an organization, from human resources and operations, to IT and finance. Gain a greater understanding of a change management practitioner’s roles and responsibilities and how they work with internal and external stakeholders. This foundation course prepares participants for the next three courses of the UBC Associate Certificate in Change Management by introducing key terminology and concepts addressed in the later more detailed courses of this program.

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Change Management Fundamentals

  • Institution: UBC
  • Date: September 15 - October 20, 2020
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Course Description

Aligned with the ACMP’s Standard for Change Management®, this course examines the tools and techniques used to develop and manage the change process and looks at the impact change management has on an organization, from human resources and operations, to IT and finance. Gain a greater understanding of a change management practitioner’s roles and responsibilities and how they work with internal and external stakeholders. This foundation course prepares participants for the next three courses of the UBC Associate Certificate in Change Management by introducing key terminology and concepts addressed in the later more detailed courses of this program.

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Data and Marketing Analytics Fundamentals

  • Institution: UBC
  • Date: October 13 - November 6, 2020
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Course Description

This course examines the tools, techniques, and strategies to analyze and manage data within an organization’s marketing and customer-related functions. It looks at the evolution, impact, and importance of data-driven decision-making in today’s organizations, as well as the changing role of marketers, customer service managers, and business / product leaders in how they use data to work with internal and external stakeholders.

This foundational course prepares participants for the next two required courses of the Associate Certificate in Data and Marketing Analytics program by introducing key terminology and concepts addressed in later more detailed courses of this program.

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Change Management Fundamentals

  • Institution: UBC
  • Date: September 11 - October 7, 2020
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Course Description

Aligned with the ACMP’s Standard for Change Management®, this course examines the tools and techniques used to develop and manage the change process and looks at the impact change management has on an organization, from human resources and operations, to IT and finance. Gain a greater understanding of a change management practitioner’s roles and responsibilities and how they work with internal and external stakeholders. This foundation course prepares participants for the next three courses of the UBC Associate Certificate in Change Management by introducing key terminology and concepts addressed in the later more detailed courses of this program.

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CMPT 983 - Special Topics in Artificial Intelligence ‐ Affective Computing

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: May 11 - August 21, 2020
  • Course Page
Course Description

Emotions play a central role in our daily lives as humans. The field of affective computing studies how emotions can have a major impact in the construction of interactive, intelligent agents and interfaces. This course will cover topics in affective computing as follows. First, theories and models of emotion (including core affect, mood, feelings) from psychological, neuroscientific and computational perspectives will be reviewed. Secondly, we will study techniques for automatic perception of human internal state, including using machine learning to understand sentiment using modalities such as gaze, posture, speech, text, movement and music. Thirdly, synthesis and expression of emotion and empathy in virtual agents, robots, chatbots and synthetic characters will be explored. Finally, we will delve into the implementation of emotion theories, including how to use the above techniques to make more believable, effective, enjoyable, and useful intelligent interactive systems.

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Microsoft Sponsored Global Knowledge Courses

Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900T01) - sponsored by Microsoft and provided by Global Knowledge

Course Description

This one-day course will provide foundational level knowledge on cloud concepts; core Azure services; security, privacy, compliance, and trust; and Azure pricing and support.
This course is a high-level overview of Azure. It will provide foundational level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.

For further details about this course, please visit:

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Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900T01) - sponsored by Microsoft and provided by Global Knowledge

Course Description

This one-day course will provide foundational level knowledge on cloud concepts; core Azure services; security, privacy, compliance, and trust; and Azure pricing and support.
This course is a high-level overview of Azure. It will provide foundational level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.

For further details about this course, please visit:

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Eligible courses will be displayed on the Athena Pathways website and updated regularly.

There are a limited number of scholarships available, and as such, are not guaranteed to all applicants. Completion of an application form along with proof of successful completion of your
course/workshop will be required as part of the application process.