Harpur Edge Crash Courses

Harpur Edge Crash Courses

Crash Courses are offered on a variety of topics to give Harpur College students an edge on their professional development for future internship, research or job opportunities. A few of the offerings also include the opportunity to earn a Binghamton University Microcredential that verifies, validates, and attests to the specific skills and/or demonstrated competencies students earn.

Crash Course Topics Currently Offered Include:

  • Excel for Data Analytics

    Excel for Data Analytics:

    Did you know that the number one skill employers look for in hiring new interns is Excel? This crash course will prepare undergraduate and graduate students looking to gain Excel skills for use in data analytics such as: data manipulation, data visualization, how to use Macros and more through this microcredential. Upon completion participants who score 70% or better on the post-test will earn the Excel Skills for Data Analytics microcredential supporting their applications to internship opportunities in a variety of private and public sector organizations. No prior Excel experience is required.

    Students will engage in Excel skill-building lab exercises using a data set to develop the following skills: Basic Setup and Usage of Excel, Data Manipulation, Formatting, and Analysis, Data Visualization, Macros and Formula Types, VLOOKUP and Pivot Tables and Visual Basic Applications (VBA). They will also learn about how income data demonstrates disparities among gender and racial groups within the United States. Students will complete a pre-test and post-test to assess each of these skills in addition to the interactive lab exercises.

    • Who leads this crash course? This workshop is led by Md. Shahadath Hossain, PhD Candidate in Economics 
    • Outcomes: 100% of students who participated reported satisfaction with what they learned in this Harpur Edge Crash Course.  
    • Testimonial: One participant said, "I’ve wanted formal training on Excel for some time and with this training I’m ready to apply to internships or jobs that require a depth of experience with Excel that I did not have before. I also like that I earned a digital badge/microcredential that I can share on LinkedIn and hireBing so employers can understand the depth of my Excel skills.”

  • Getting Started with Data Analysis in Tableau

    Getting Started with Data Analysis in Tableau:

    We live in a world filled with and defined by data. This workshop introduced the basics of gathering social, cultural, and historical data, understanding it, and gaining meaning from it. The techniques are useful as academic research tools, but also in the workplace. We used a number of open source computational tools, in addition to Tableau, a powerful, but easy-to-use analytics platform.

    • Who led this crash course? This workshop was led by Jason Tercha, PhD Candidate in the Department of History, Nancy Um, Professor of Art History and Associate Dean at Harpur College, Amy Gay, the Digital Scholarship Librarian for Binghamton University and Amanda Ortiz Molina, a PhD student in the History Department.
    • Outcomes: 100% of students who participated reported satisfaction with what they learned in this Harpur Edge Crash Course.
    • Testimonial: One participant said, "I learned how to analyze data in a basic way using Tableau software. Also, I know in the future how to learn more from this software because I learned how to use the help features and open source databases."

  • Python Coding

    Python Coding 2-day Course:

    Python is not just one of the most versatile programming languages out there -- it can be used in everything from web design to data analysis to artificial intelligence -- but also one of the easiest to learn. This workshop helped beginners familiarize themselves with the basic building blocks of Python.

    During this session, we covered; using basic control flow, data types, simple data structures, and functions. Developing code using the IDLE environment, writing simple graphical programs and working with files and network programming, including making API calls.

    • Who led this crash course? Steven Moore is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Binghamton University. He has worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin and web developer for BU's Marketing and Communications Office. He currently teaches courses on the C++ programming language, data structures, digital logic, and other topics.
    • Outcomes: Prior Harpur Students reported 100% satisfaction with the training.
    • Testimonials:
      • One participant said, " The program was fantastic and taught basic elements of the Python language in an easy to digest way." 
      • Another shared, "I gained the fundamentals of Python and will use them in research settings that I will be going into."
      • Another Harpur student said, "I knew a little bit of java and wanted to learn a little bit of python. The ability to make algorithms and programs to serve my needs is useful and will definitely be leveraged to achieve more efficient problem solving. Also, it's fun to make dumb code."

  • Communication Plan and Search Engine Optimization

    Communication Plan and Search Engine Optimization Course:

    Have you thought about interning in media or marketing?  Do you conduct marketing tasks in your job but don't have any formal training? No experience is required to join this crash course in communications planning, brand building and search engine optimization.  Participants will learn and apply the essential concepts and methods behind successful digital communications, including how to:

    • Create and manage a social media presence for an organization or institution.
    • Utilize FB/IG ads, analytics and targeting to help a brand standout. 
    • Develop engaging multimedia content that speaks to a targeted audience.
    • Learn the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and apply via web edits during the session.
    • Consider representation of diverse populations in media and how it impacts the communications plan and SEO
    • Work with media (TV, publication, radio, etc) to reach the broader public.
    • Participants will have the opportunity to analyze the communications efforts of a real-world business, and design a communications plan for that business.  The feedback is given to the local businesses for their implementation in marketing efforts.

    • Who leads this crash course? Ryan Yarosh is the Senior Director of Media & Public Relations for Binghamton University. He has more than 20 years of experience in media relations, issues management, social media and video production. He currently oversees social media and public relations activities for the University.
    • Outcomes: 100% of Students were Satisfied with what they learned in this session.
    • Testimonial: "I learned how nonprofits and companies build a brand and got to propose a communications plan for a local company. I might consider applying to social media internships with what I learned."

  • Coding in R

    R is a free software, a powerful tool for analyzing and visualizing data. It is widely used by academics and companies.


    This workshop will introduce beginners to data analysis using R. Participants will cover simple data structures, data types, and basic functions to interpret, graph, and present data. No prior knowledge of R or statistics is required

  • Digital Story Telling

    Our world communicates via video. It is not sufficient to simply be skilled – successful professionals (in any field) not only need to be skilled in their craft, they also need to be skilled at conveying that skill to others – through online video and other social media tools.

    In this workshop, participants will take a brief but immersive dive into the TikTok ecosystem, and explore how the platform can be used to effectively communicate about participant's work, and to enhance career goals. TikTok is not just about viral dance videos. The platform hosts thriving communities of amateurs and experts from nearly every profession, collaborating.

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