Nebraska Flagship Partners With Ziplines Education, Empowering Busy Professionals To Compete in Booming Technology-Adjacent Job Market Through New Upskilling and Reskilling Opportunities

LINCOLN, NE (JUNE 18, 2024) — To help professionals ramp up for the future of work, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, a top-ranked university according to U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review, is launching several new micro-credentials in partnership with Ziplines Education.

According to the recent Nebraska Economic Competitiveness Assessment, which measures Nebraska’s economic standing compared to peer states, skills-based hiring presents a huge opportunity for digital and tech-related jobs.

UNL’s new industry-certification programs introduce pathways for learners and earners at all levels of education to grow professionally. The expert-taught and industry-driven curriculum, combined with an accessible schedule and without educational prerequisites, allows learners to build their skillset on their own time and work toward industry-recognized certifications.

Over a 10-week span, through online instruction, self-directed learning, and optional live sessions, learners will dive into real-world applications, data-driven strategies, and cutting-edge technology skills, which include AI integration. The industry-certification programs introduce pathways for learners and earners at all levels of education to grow professionally.

"Ever since it began offering paper-based correspondence courses and its independent-study high school a century ago, UNL has embraced the critical importance of distance learning. Today, it offers a variety of blended formats that enable students to learn online and make new friends, all while mastering challenging coursework that positions them for career advancement,” said Kevin N. Shriner, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Digital and Online Learning, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. “By partnering with Ziplines Education, we can more effectively meet the needs of learners looking to upskill or reskill, while leveraging our proven expertise in teaching and learning to help them succeed.”

Industry-certification programs, which can be found at, are focused on high-growth career disciplines, including digital marketing, business analytics, project management, product management, and sales, and feature certifications from leading technology platforms.

  • Digital Marketing learners leave the program with industry-recognized qualifications and certifications in HubSpot, Google Ads, and Google Analytics.
  • Business Analytics learners earn five Tableau micro-credentials during the course and are prepared to take the Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification exam. 
  • Project Management learners earn a Jira Software Essentials Associate Certification.
  • Product Management learners earn Product Board’s Outcome-Driven Roadmaps Certification, Jira Software Essentials Certification, and Amplitude’s Getting Started with Amplitude Analytics Badge.
  • Sales Development program learners earn a curated collection of Salesforce Trailhead badges that cover all the critical areas required to effectively drive the productivity and capacity of a company’s selling resources.

"We’re excited to partner with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, with whom we share a deep commitment for meeting learners where they are in their academic and professional journeys," said Sara Leoni, CEO and founder of Ziplines Education. “We’re proud to help expand their catalog of industry-focused credentials, providing UNL’s learners with affordable access to the most in-demand digital skills, including cutting-edge AI capabilities, while offering the support and flexibility needed to succeed.”

These industry-certification programs give learners a competitive edge, whether they’re seeking to strengthen their current role, move up the leadership ladder, or quickly learn impactful skills to launch a new career. Students will complete the program with in-demand practical skills, a strategic playbook to showcase their new skills to employers, and a non-credit badge from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

About the University of Nebraska–Lincoln: 

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln was chartered as a land-grant university on February 15, 1869, to create opportunity for the state of Nebraska. A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Nebraska is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

About Ziplines Education: 

Ziplines Education, an industry-leading education company, partners with universities to deliver industry-focused certificate courses that prepare professionals for today’s digital-first workforce. The award-winning industry innovator launched in 2017 as GreenFig and relaunched as Ziplines Education in early 2024. Today, dozens of leading U.S. colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, University of South Florida, and UNC Charlotte, trust Ziplines Education as a continuing education partner, empowering individuals to confidently pursue the career they’ve always wanted. To learn more about the company, visit and follow them on @ZiplinesEducation on Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and on @ZiplinesEdu on Twitter.

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