Students gain high-demand, high-paying data storytelling skills in new University of Minnesota boot camp

Two-and-a-half quintillion bytes: that’s how much data is created everyday.* From small local businesses to Fortune 1000 companies, industries are generating an overwhelming amount of data—and they need skilled data analysts to help them make sense of it.

“One of our jobs is to identify the needs of the market and then offer the best training to help satisfy those needs,” says Ashley Alexander, program director of professional development programs for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CCAPS). “Businesses of all kinds need skilled data analysts who can take data and make it relevant to help their companies make the best decisions in real time.” 

The program is called a boot camp because there’s a lot of training packed into an intensive 24-weeks. In addition to rigorous classroom instruction, students can expect to spend 20 hours or more per week studying outside of class. Certificate recipients will have skills to pull data from multiple sources and deliver meaningful reports that tell relevant stories. 

The data boot camp expands on a relationship that was forged more than a year ago with Trilogy Education, the workforce accelerator that partners with CCAPS on their Full Stack Web Development Certificate (Coding Boot Camp). The company was the first to involve universities in the high-tech training revolution and it delivers its programs within continuing education departments on more than 39 campuses across the globe, including Northwestern University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, and University of California, Berkeley. 

Courses are taught by data visualization and analysis professionals on two evenings a week and Saturdays; the first class started on August 7. For more information and to register for future offerings, visit the Data Visualization and Analytics Certificate website. For a full list of CCAPS professional development courses, visit the CCAPS website.

*Forbes Magazine