The Future of Tech: Warner Pacific Launches SourceU

Ben Sand, Dr. Andrea Cook, Luke Goble

Warner Pacific University is excited to announce the launch of sourceU, a school of innovation and technology that will empower students with the right skills, education, and support to become leaders in tomorrow’s tech industry. In partnership with Portland, Oregon’s top code school, Epicodus, and the innovative team of cybersecurity professionals and educators at Riperia, sourceU combines the industry-focused skills that a code school brings with the supporting resources and expertise of a well-rounded Christian education from Warner Pacific University.

The future of tech

The next decade will see the creation of more than a million new developer jobs, but only 400,000 will be filled by computer science graduates. Similarly, the creation of CyberOregon and recent prominent data breaches underscore the need for more qualified workers in different areas of cybersecurity.

The tech industry in the Portland Metro Area is growing dramatically and demand for tech workers is strong across all industries. Portland tech companies have relied on in-migration, poaching, and their professional networks to fill vacancies. The result is a local workforce that is nearly 90-percent white. Too many talented people from more diverse backgrounds—including women—are not participating in this growth.

Today’s students ready for tomorrow’s workforce

As Oregon’s most diverse university and one committed to serving the needs of our city, Warner Pacific is excited to launch this new initiative to meet the higher education needs of twenty-first-century students and the tech industry. “sourceU leverages the experience of Warner Pacific University in supporting students who have been historically excluded from higher education,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of the university. “We are leaning into a new educational space, the technology industry, that has seen similar exclusion, and we want to help more students break through to become technology leaders of the future.”

sourceU will initially offer:

Associate Degrees
• Cybersecurity/IT
• Web and Mobile Development
Bachelor Degrees
• Cybersecurity
• Digital Product Design

“We believe partnering with an accredited, degree-granting program will make our education more accessible to under-represented and low-income students,” explained CEO of Epicodus, Michael Kaiser-Nyman. “Until now, students without a college degree had to choose between an employment-focused education like Epicodus offers, or a breadth-focused traditional education like Warner Pacific does. The sourceU partnership between our institutions will let students get the best of both worlds for the first time.”

Kris Rosenberg, chief learning officer at Riperia, Inc., believes this partnership is vital to the future of tech. “With the ever-increasing need for cybersecurity talent, bringing a much broader and diverse group of people together is essential. We are very excited to be part of the launch of sourceU and to bring our innovative approach to professional cybersecurity education to the mix. We believe that the sourceU model will help students get the education they need to become the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.”

Classes are enrolling now! For information on getting started at sourceU, complete a short online form or contact the Office of Admission at 503-517-1020.

Other media coverage

https://pamplinmedia.com/but/239-news/417388-320292-warner-pacific-launches-sourceu-tech-school-pwoff

https://cyberoregon.com/2019/01/17/sourceu-launch/

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2019/01/17/portland-code-school-teams-with-warner-pacific-on.html

https://www.oregonbusiness.com/article/education/item/18645-new-tech-school-tackles-diversity-challenge-head-on

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, the Church of God university on the West Coast empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Warner Pacific was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Campus in the West, as a Best College in the West (10), and a Best Value School (8). Warner Pacific is the only four-year college or university in Oregon to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Department of Education. Warner Pacific and all the degree programs offered are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.

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