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Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing

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“AI will become a norm in every aspect of higher education” – Microsoft Research

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Are you ready to explore the cutting-edge realms of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Cloud Computing? Harper's new courses and programs under development in AI and Cloud are your gateway to understanding and harnessing the power of these transformative technologies. Dive into the world of intelligent algorithms, data analysis, and automation, and embark on a journey that will shape the future.

Program Overview

The comprehensive AI and Cloud program is being developed to provide you with a strong founding in applied AI, ML, and Cloud concepts, techniques, and applications. With a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice with state-of-the-art equipment, you will gain the expertise required to thrive in this dynamic field.

Why Choose Harper?

  • Access to Cutting-Edge Curriculum: Our curriculum is constantly updated to reflect the latest advancements in AI and Cloud and workforce needs of regional employers, ensuring you are prepared to tackle the evolving challenges of the digital age.
  • Learn from Expert Instructors and Industry Experts: Learn from seasoned instructors with extensive experience, including Intel-certified Lead Facilitators of the AI for Workforce Program, who are passionate about guiding you through the intricacies of AI and Cloud.
  • Gain Hands-On Experience: Engage in labs, projects, and competitions that simulate real-world AI and Cloud scenarios that provide invaluable hands-on experience.
  • Secure Your Future in Emerging Tech: Equip yourself with the qualifications and skills that are highly sought after in the booming tech industry, setting you on a path to a promising and fulfilling career.
  • Experience Flexible Learning Environments: Choose between on-campus, hybrid, and online learning options to tailor your academic schedule to your unique needs and preferences.
  • Build a Robust Professional Network: Connect with peers, alumni, and industry leaders who can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations.

Take advantage of other support and services available at Harper:

  • Career Support: Access comprehensive career services, networking opportunities, and job placement assistance as you transition to the workforce.
  • Basic Needs Support: Access resources and referrals for food, transportation, childcare, wellness, and housing through Hawks Care to eliminate barriers to enrolling in courses and achieving your academic goals.

Program Highlights

The AI and Cloud program is currently in development, but once it is approved, you can expect to take enroll in certificate and degree programs and take classes in orientation to AI and ML careers, foundations of AI and Cloud, natural language processing, AI ethics and bias, AI in cybersecurity, a capstone project, and more.

New Dedicated Emerging Technologies Learning Lab

Harper has established an on-campus Emerging Technologies Learning Lab in Building Y that has state-of-the-art AI/ML equipment and tools and provides a collaborative space for teaching and learning. It is fully operational as of Spring 2024. Stay tuned for more information about an upcoming Open House!

Career Opportunities

AI Careers StudentsUpon completing this program you will be well prepared for a range of exciting high-demand career opportunities, including:

    • AI Technology Specialist
    • AI/ML Research Assistant
    • Junior Data Scientist
    • Automation Specialist
    • Prompt Engineer
    • Cloud Security Analyst

Note: See Bureau of Labor occupation data below.

Coming Soon!

Once the program is offered, we hope that you will enroll in the program to join a community of innovators, thinkers, and problem solvers. You will equip yourself with the skills to shape the future of technology and be at the forefront of AI and ML advancements. Contact us to learn more about the program and how it can launch you into an exciting career in AI and ML.

AI Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT)

We are looking for industry experts to be a part of our AI Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT) advisory council. Check out the BILT webpage to learn more about how you can impact programs and students at Harper. 

New AI Courses at Harper

Expand your knowledge with new Artificial Intelligence training at Harper College!

Community Education classes in artificial intelligence are available online and in person. See the full schedule of AI classes and register today or select a course title below to see what you will learn.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Learn about emerging technologies and what AI skills are needed for employment in a digital economy. Through this six-hour course, understand how AI is inclusive, impacts daily life, and how to identify SMART components, AI applications, development, challenges, and internal workings.

Integrating AI into Your Classroom

Learn ways to integrate artificial intelligence into your curriculum. Through this one-hour interactive workshop, discover new ways to enrich your teaching with machine learning. This opportunity allows you to engage with AI and related technologies to prepare students’ digital readiness and future success.

AI in the Workplace

This one-hour workshop presents Intel AI for Workforce content to provide necessary AI skills for employability in the digital economy. Gain technical confidence and enhance employability for AI-related jobs. Learn how AI is currently helping to automate routine tasks and enhance decision-making in the workplace. Find out how to implement the latest technology trends including the AI program cycle and practical application projects.

Continuing Professional Education classes in artificial intelligence are available online and in person. See the schedule of AI classes and register today or select a course title below to see what you will learn.

Artificial Intelligence Foundations

Through this 18-hour interactive course, students will understand the AI Project Cycle as an iterative approach to building AI solutions. By experiencing machine-learning tools and Python packages, students will prepare for AI in business and other environments.

Artificial Intelligence Foundations II

In this 24-hour interactive course, explore common trade applications of Artificial Intelligence. Students will utilize linear regression for predictive maintenance and employee attrition predictions. Learn how to detect insurance fraud and analyze quality assurance systems. Prerequisite: LEM8002 Artificial Intelligence Foundations or equivalent experience.

Harper and Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network

Computer OperatorHarper participated in the American Association of Community Colleges, Intel, and Dell Artificial Intelligence Incubator Network, which was focused on supporting the establishment of AI Labs in community colleges across the country. The AIIN Network was part of Intel’s AI for Workforce program, and Harper is integrating Intel-developed course content into our new curricula. The objective of this program was to “empower future and current workforce with the necessary AI skills for employability in the digital economy” – Intel AI for Workforce.


Job Outlook and Earnings

AI/ML jobs are in-demand, and this is a rapidly growing field that touches every industry from healthcare to finance to advanced manufacturing. AI is an emerging area and as such Bureau of Labor Statistics occupation codes have not yet caught up to have AI/ML occupation codes. There are, however, BLS wage and growth projections for similar occupations such as those below.

Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, work flow, and schedule limitations. May analyze or recommend commercially available software.

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Create, modify, and test the code and scripts that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software and web developers or other individuals. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

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Assist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.

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More About AI

"Almost definitely, the creation of AI will be the biggest event in human history." – Stephen Hawking

Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence (perceiving, synthesizing, and inferring information) demonstrated by machines, as opposed to intelligence displayed by humans. AI is an interdisciplinary field which requires deep knowledge of computational and human sciences. Some example tasks include speech recognition, facial recognition, computer vision, translation between natural languages, as well as other mappings of inputs. AI applications include advanced web search engines; recommendation systems used by YouTube, Amazon, and Netflix; understanding human speech such as Siri and Alexa; self-driving cars; automated decision-making; and competing in strategic game systems (such as chess and Go).

The use of AI and other technologies in colleges and universities is opening the doors of higher education to all regardless of where they live in the world. AI encourages curiosity, creativity, and collaboration, students are becoming truly global citizens, and colleges and universities are becoming boundaryless. AI is changing everything from the way students learn, to the way artists create their art, to the way buildings are designed. An example is a Stanford University study showed how interactive machine tutors can be matched to students for a more focused, individualized learning experience.

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Last Updated: 6/5/24