College of Professional Studies Launches Data Analytics Boot Camp

The six-month course teaches fundamental data science and analytics skills.

August 03, 2017

The George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) has launched GW Data Analytics Boot Camp, a six-month skills development program teaching the fundamental data science and analytics skills that are increasingly valued in today’s data-driven digital economy.

The launch comes at a time when the projected investment in data science is at an all-time high, with the worldwide big data analytics market expected to reach $200 billion by 2020.

The boot camp, which is offered in partnership with Trilogy Education Services, begins Sept. 12 and is designed for working professionals, with evening and weekend classes.

“The GW Data Analytics Boot Camp is the next logical step in meeting our mission of teaching job-ready skills to help students succeed in the digital economy,” said CPS Associate Dean Cyrus Homayounpour. “Based on our previous successes working with Trilogy to implement coding boot camps, we are looking forward to rolling out this new program together.”

This non-credit curriculum includes instruction in high-demand technologies and frameworks necessary for data and analytics professionals. In addition to classroom instruction, students will spend 20 hours a week on outside projects and experiential learning activities and build a professional project portfolio to showcase their abilities and make them more competitive candidates in the job market.

“It is currently predicted that by 2018, there will be 1.5 million more data science job openings than candidates to fill these positions,” said Dan Sommer, founder and CEO of Trilogy Education.

“The GW Data Analytics Boot Camp is one more example of the power of continuing education to help provide students with job-ready technical skills while providing a much-needed talent pipeline to employers,” Mr. Sommer said. “We look forward to collaborating with GW College of Professional Studies on this program.”

Students also will receive a range of career-planning services, portfolio reviews, recruiting assistance and staff support. Area businesses will advise on curriculum, products and student needs. While no previous training or experience is required, applicants should have an understanding of coding basics.