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 offerings below!

Please note courses must be completed by December 2021 to be eligible for the tuition coverage.

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Microsoft Funded Global Knowledge Course Options

Through Microsoft funding, you may apply to take up to a MAXIMUM OF TWO COURSES out of the three available:

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900T01) – 1 Day
  • Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900T00) – 1 Day
  • Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution (AI-102T00)- 4 Days

For those who have had no exposure to Azure, Global Knowledge recommends you take the following two courses:

  • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900T01) – 1 Day
  • Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution (AI-102T00)- 4 Days

For those who have had some exposure to Azure, Global Knowledge recommends you take the following two courses:

  • Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900T00) – 1 Day
  • Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution (AI-100T01) – 3 Days

If you have questions regarding which of the two courses you should take based on your current knowledge level, please contact Global Knowledge directly.

Global Knowledge contact: Philip Murch |  Email: Philip.Murch@globalknowledge.com

If you are applying to take two courses, you may send a $100 e-transfer for both instead of two individual transfers at $50 each.

Undergraduate Studies

COMP 3948 Predictive Modelling

  • Institution: BCIT
  • Date: Sep. 8, 2021-Dec. 10, 2021
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Course Description

This code intensive course introduces modeling techniques for predicting binary, probability, ordinal and categorical outcomes. Modeling includes popular forms of regression and clustering. Introductory math and statistics behind the fundamental models are discussed and practiced. Use cases and exercises examine eliminating bias at each step of the modeling process. Common sampling methods for training and testing are used to assist with model validation. Techniques for treating missing values, transforming outliers, manufacturing variables and selecting variables are covered. Dimension reduction through principal component analysis is introduced. Analysis of variance is studied and also enhanced with factor analysis. Course work iterates over exploratory analysis and model reporting phases with statistical summaries and visual analytics for reinforcement of learning.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year CST and admission into the Predictive Analytics Option.

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Computational Linguistics (CMPT 413)

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: September 9, 2021 - December 7, 2021
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Course Description

This course examines the theoretical and applied problems of constructing and modelling systems, which aim to extract and represent the meaning of natural language sentences or of whole discourses, but drawing on contributions from the fields of linguistics, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence and computing science. This course is an introduction to NLP and will cover algorithms and techniques for processing text (using probabilistic models and neural networks) as well as basic linguistic concepts.

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Computational Vision (CMPT 412)

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: September 8, 2021 - December 6, 2021
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Course Description

Computer vision is the process of automatically extracting information from images and videos. The course covers various aspects of Computer Vision, for example, imaging geometry (camera calibration, stereo, and panoramic image stitching), video analysis (motion detection and tracking), image segmentation, object recognition, and more. The course teaches both traditional techniques and more recent learning-based approaches such as deep neural networks, while we will focus increasingly more on the latter. The course will be based on lectures and assignments (Python and Matlab). Computational approaches to image understanding will be discussed in relation to theories about the operation of the human visual system and with respect to practical applications in robotics. Topics will include edge detection, shape from shading, stereopsis, optical flow, Fourier methods, gradient space, three-dimensional object representation and constraint satisfaction.

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Artificial Intelligence Survey (CMPT 310)

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: September 9, 2021 - December 6, 2021
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Course Description

Provides a unified discussion of the fundamental approaches to the problems in artificial intelligence. The topics considered are: representational typology and search methods; game playing, heuristic programming; pattern recognition and classification; theorem-proving; question-answering systems; natural language understanding; computer vision.

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Computational Data Science (CMPT 353)

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: September 9, 2021 - December 7, 2021
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Course Description

Basic concepts and programming tools for handling and processing data. Includes data acquisition, cleaning data sources, application of machine learning techniques and data analysis techniques, large-scale computation on a computing cluster.

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CPSC 422 Intelligent Systems

  • Institution: UBC
  • Date: Sept 07 - Dec. 07, 2021
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Course Description

Principles and techniques underlying the design, implementation and evaluation of intelligent computational systems. Applications of artificial intelligence to natural language understanding, image understanding and computer-based expert and advisor systems. Advanced symbolic programming methodology.

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COMP 7405 - Topics in Computer Programming – Artificial Intelligence

  • Institution: BCIT
  • Date: September 15-December 1, 2021
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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

CMPT 984 G100 Special Topics in Databases, Data Mining, Computational Biology

Course Description

This course introduces machine learning methods for the life-sciences, focusing on molecular-level data, in particular genomic data. Such data plays a crucial role in precision medicine, e.g. drug response prediction, and in public health, e.g. the tracking of infectious diseases. However, genomic data poses special challenges to machine learning, due to the small number of examples (e.g. patients with clinical information) and great complexity of every example (e.g., SNP, CNV, RNA-seq, omics). The instructors will start the course with a few tutorial-style introductions of foundations. Students will prepare and give presentations on a state-of-the-art research paper. Students will, in small groups, perform a course research project in which they reproduce and extend the results of a recent paper from one of the four given focus areas (see the Topics below). In the last phase of the course, students will present the results of their projects. General guidelines and strategies for writing clearly and giving good talks will be given, and students will receive constructive feedback on their presentations and project reports from the instructor and other students.

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CMPT 983 G200 Special Topics in Artificial Intelligence

Course Description

This course covers the fundamentals and applications of generative models, a branch of machine learning focused on learning unknown probability distributions from observed examples. Generative models are used to automatically generate complex data such as images, text and sound from limited user input, simulate alternative possible outcomes that are not observed in the real world, generate multiple possible predictions when the input cannot uniquely determine the output, quantify the amount of uncertainty in the model prediction and incorporate domain knowledge into otherwise uninformed domain-agnostic algorithms. Both classical approaches and modern techniques developed within the last 10 years will be covered, and their applications to different areas of artificial intelligence, such as computer vision, natural language processing and audio processing will be highlighted. The goal is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the latest techniques and bring them up to speed on the current scientific literature. By the end of the course, students will understand when generative models should be applied and how they can be applied in the context of their own research.

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CMPT 983 G100 Special Topics in Artificial Intelligence

Course Description

Graph data represent relationships between entities in a domain. They are a common data type, which makes them important for many applications. Domains with major graph datasets include the following: enterprise data management through relational databases, social networks, bioinformatics (e.g. protein-protein interactions), information extraction in natural language processing, where knowledge graphs represent a large amount of information that can be extended through on-line sources. While graph data are powerful and widely available, they are a challenge for standard machine learning methods that are designed for independent data points. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the special challenges of learning from graph data, and to the machine learning methods that have been developed to address them. Many recent approaches are based on deep learning, because neural methods provide accurate predictions and are relatively easy to implement. The course will therefore emphasize graph neural networks. The course is an in-person seminar course, which means that I expect strong participation from students. I will give lectures to fill in background but as much as possible classes will be interactive. About half the class will be devoted to background on previous machine learning methods for graph data, and about half to discussing advanced topics, current research papers, and project ideas.

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Professional Workshops

Inclusive Artificial Intelligence

  • Institution: Northeastern
  • Date: December 9th, 2021
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Course Description
What is AI and why does it need you?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to reshape virtually every industry, the workforce and, ultimately, the entire economy. The rapid evolution of AI brings new buzzwords – machine learning, deep learning, neural networks – and many questions about how best to understand and implement these new technologies.

This half-day workshop is designed to provide you with an introduction to artificial intelligence – its terms, tools and solutions – and the importance of women and underrepresented groups being included in this new era of big data and machine learning.

Bethany Edmunds, Director of Computer Science at Northeastern University’s Vancouver Campus will help you understand what AI is and the potential it offers while examining the unique challenges and opportunities it brings. You'll also gain a better understanding of the importance of having members of diverse backgrounds shape AI strategies and solutions to ensure a more inclusive future for all of us.

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CS142- Product Design with Machine Learning

  • Institution: Northeastern
  • Date: Nov 8th – Dec 20th
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Course Description

An introduction to machine learning concepts and vocabulary to facilitate ML and AI-based product design, specification, and development. Participants will engage in the entire product design life cycle, including problem specification, data collection and curation, selecting appropriate ML techniques, iterative development, specifying and evaluating performance, marketing considerations, and continuous improvement. Participants will also learn about identifying and addressing bias in data sets, evaluating customer consequences of false results, and the challenges of interpreting the outputs of ML/AI systems.

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Data Fellowships: Data and AI

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: October 18 to November 24
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Course Description

Designed and taught by leading data science and AI experts at Simon Fraser University, this training program enables emerging leaders from industry and government to develop data science and leadership skills. Through this outcome-focused experiential training program offered by SFU’s Big Data Hub, you will tackle a valuable business problem for your current employer or for a partner organization while gaining an introduction to all aspects of a data project workflow. You will come away with relevant knowledge, training, and a high-quality data project ready for field trial and implementation at the end of the program.

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Athena Digital Leaders- Full Tuition Coverage for Approved Mid-Career Manager Applicants

CS142- Product Design with Machine Learning

  • Institution: Northeastern
  • Date: Nov 8th – Dec 20th
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Course Description

An introduction to machine learning concepts and vocabulary to facilitate ML and AI-based product design, specification, and development. Participants will engage in the entire product design life cycle, including problem specification, data collection and curation, selecting appropriate ML techniques, iterative development, specifying and evaluating performance, marketing considerations, and continuous improvement. Participants will also learn about identifying and addressing bias in data sets, evaluating customer consequences of false results, and the challenges of interpreting the outputs of ML/AI systems.

Data Fellowships: Data and AI

  • Institution: SFU
  • Date: October 18 to November 24
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Course Description

Designed and taught by leading data science and AI experts at Simon Fraser University, this training program enables emerging leaders from industry and government to develop data science and leadership skills. Through this outcome-focused experiential training program offered by SFU’s Big Data Hub, you will tackle a valuable business problem for your current employer or for a partner organization while gaining an introduction to all aspects of a data project workflow. You will come away with relevant knowledge, training, and a high-quality data project ready for field trial and implementation at the end of the program.

Data Analytics for Managerial Decision-Making

Course Description

This introductory-level course is perfect for middle and upper managers, analysts, project leaders and anyone working in a non-technical role who has had limited exposure to business analytics but would like to gain a greater understanding of the concepts.

2-day interactive course to learn how to use data-driven approaches to promote productivity and growth.

Offered by Asper Executive Education in collaboration with UBC Sauder Executive Education

Mini-MBA: Essential Business Skills

Course Description

No matter who you are in the world of business, getting a big-picture view of how business really works can be a pivotal strategy for advancing your career and growing your organization. 

Spread over a concise five weeks, this robust program provides a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of business and current organizational practices. It covers all the key components of a formal business school curriculum, enabling you to increase your business acumen and bring fresh insights to your work without having to commit full time to study. 

Led by award-winning Sauder faculty, the program will expand your knowledge and applied skills in strategy, financial management, operations, strategic HR and marketing. You’ll also sample emerging areas in innovation, data analytics and project management. Finally, you’ll explore how decisions in one area may impact the others, and how strategic integration between functions can drive organizational success. 

Digital Transformation

Course Description

For Leaders, managers and entrepreneurs with experience in leading teams, managing resources and implementing business strategies.  Cultivate an innovative organizational culture where digital can thrive by becoming an effective change agent. Learn how to pitch your vision, while carefully balancing resistance and influence during your conversations with internal and external stakeholders. Define your current vs. future state of the business, and build a digital maturity model that drives your organization forward. Develop digital talent that is high-performing, social, customer-centric, and entrepreneurial.

Microsoft Sponsored Global Knowledge Courses

Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals (AI-900T00) -sponsored by Microsoft and provided by Global Knowledge

  • Date: Please view their website to see the list of upcoming dates
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Course Description

New – This course introduces fundamentals concepts related to artificial intelligence (AI), and the services in Microsoft Azure that can be used to create AI solutions. The course is not designed to teach students to become professional data scientists or software developers, but rather to build awareness of common AI workloads and the ability to identify Azure services to support them. The course is designed as a blended learning experience that combines instructor-led training with online materials on the Microsoft Learn platform (https://azure.com/learn). The hands-on exercises in the course are based on Learn modules, and students are encouraged to use the content on Learn as reference materials to reinforce what they learn in the class and to explore topics in more depth.

Use the following link to see the current list of available dates. Once you have decided which dates work for you, please fill out the application form at the bottom of this page. Note that all times on their website are in EST and not PST.

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Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution (AI-102T00) -sponsored by Microsoft and provided by Global Knowledge

  • Date: Please view their website to see the list of upcoming dates
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Course Description

Build AI infused applications that leverage Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cognitive Search, and Microsoft Bot Framework. AI-102 Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution is intended for software developers wanting to build AI infused applications that leverage Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Cognitive Search, and Microsoft Bot Framework. The course will use C# or Python as the programming language.

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

  • Date: Please view their website to see the list of upcoming dates
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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.

Use the following link to see the current list of available dates. Once you have decided which dates work for you, please fill out the application form at the bottom of this page. Note that all times on their website are in EST and not PST.

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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.