Camosun College and partner to offer courses on blockchains

Camosun College is offering new courses on blockchains, a topic expected to appeal to those in the high-tech sector and other businesses.

The college is starting with a free 1.5-hour virtual ­­information session that will address the technology’s popularity and use now and in the future, and describe the upcoming courses.

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Blockchains are used when multiple parties, sometimes located around the world, want to securely share data and ­transfer value — for ­example, cryptocurrencies such as ­Bitcoin. The digital database can make deals or transactions more transparent and secure without requiring an intermediary, such as a central clearing body.

Camosun is partnering on the venture with Blockchain Guru, a Canadian consulting company providing training.

“With the direction that business around the world is going, in the very near future almost anybody in business or in a leadership role is going to need to have, at the very least, an understanding of the capabilities of blockchain technology,” Geoff Wilmshurst, vice-president of partnerships at Camosun ­College, said in a statement Monday.

Jon Trask, chief executive of Blockchain Guru, said the ­company is excited to be partnering with Camosun College to deliver emerging-technology training in blockchains, along with artificial intelligence, machine learning (a type of data analysis), IoT (Internet of things — technology that allows physical objects to connect with each other and share data through the Internet), RPA (robotic ­process automation), and digital transformation in shipping and logistics.

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