Udemy has opened a ton of professional doors for me and has given me the opportunity to do one of the things I most enjoy: Teach! But my proudest moment related to Udemy was completing my Masters of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology of August of 2021. The title of my capstone project was "Utilizing a Large-Scale Learning Platform to Help Close the Manufacturing Skills Gap". The project examined the causes of the skills gap, which skills were lacking the most, and efforts in progress to help close the gap. I proposed that a platform like Udemy could be used to lower the barriers of entry for professionals looking to advance their careers in manufacturing. In addition to the literature review and project paper, I also launched a course on Udemy titled "Introduction to Supply Chain Analytics using Microsoft Excel" as part of my project. By the morning of my capstone presentation only a few weeks after the course launched, I already had 91 students enrolled in the course with several very positive reviews. To date, 674 students have enrolled in that class with an average review of 4.67 stars. By most estimations, the class has been a success on Udemy and without a doubt, my Masters looks marvelous hanging on my studio wall.
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