Forsyth Tech Community College has added SAS certification to its diverse line-up of IT trainings and degrees. The college recently underwent a rigorous content review and developed a new class to become a SAS Academy, rendering it able to provide the certification.

This means that students will be able to learn how to write and understand SAS programs. The SAS Institute, based out of Cary, N.C., is the largest privately held software company in the world. Their primary area of focus is analytics software which aids businesses in decision-making processes; it can be used for analyzing financial data, store locations, pricing vs. competitor pricing and even pharmaceutical trials. The 2010 Census data was analyzed by the Census Bureau using SAS.

By adding SAS certification, students at Forsyth Tech will be able to study the four languages that are most in-demand in the data field all at once: SQL, SAS, R and Python. Starting in the Fall of 2022, students will be able to learn all four languages in just two semesters and earn a Data Programming Certificate.   

“This is an exciting way for Forsyth Tech to equip our students with the specialized training in business, research and artificial intelligence that today’s employers require of IT professionals,” said Joey Bryant, Department Chair of the Davis iTEC/CyberSecurity Center at Forsyth Tech.

SAS and its corresponding programs, such as SAS Enterprise Miner, is used by many Fortune 500 companies, including JPMorgan Chase, General Electric, M&T Bank, Citigroup and Citi. You can learn more about Forsyth Tech’s Information Technology Database Administration degree program here.