As Chicago’s educators figure out how to prepare students for the city’s growing tech scene, one subject seems to come up again and again: data science.
Metis, a data science bootcamp, recently announced they are starting classes out of Dev Bootcamp. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign just launched a MOOC-based data science graduate degree. Plus, many local universities (including Northwestern, Illinois Institute of Technology, and DePaul) have programs for data science.
And now 1871 is getting into the mix.
The Merchandise Mart tech hub just announced it will host evening and weekend workshops with data science education company Best Fit Analytics Workshop. Their courses will be geared towards beginners who want a working knowledge of analytics.
“1871 is well known and respected in the technology space, providing an ideal audience and setting for us to share our knowledge about data science while becoming a part of their community,” said Scott Albrecht, cofounder of Best Fit Analytics, in a statement.
Workshops are quite a bit cheaper, and shorter, than a code bootcamp or graduate degree. For example, Best Fit Analytics is hosting a two-day workshop at 1871 this weekend (April 15 and 16 from 9 am to 5 pm), which will cost $449 and cover R basics, linear and logistic regression, and classification trees.
Best Fit Analytics has been around since last year, and is run by three working data scientists. The cofounders are Alice Zhao, a data scientist at Cars.com; Scott Albrecht, senior statistical analyst at Grainger; and Adrianna Jelesnianska, a data scientist at Civis Analytics. All three are graduates from Northwestern’s Master of Science in Analytics program. Previously they have done workshops at 1871, but this is the first word of an official partnership.
Demand for data science skills is steadily growing, particularly in Chicago where analytics-oriented startups such as Uptake and Narrative Science are popping up. But training for data science jobs is still lacking: McKinsey estimates between 140,000 and 190,000 data science openings in the U.S. will go unfilled by 2018.
“By partnering with Best Fit Analytics Workshop to bring their data analytics courses to our space, 1871 is adding yet another opportunity for students to develop professional skills that lead to successful, growing careers in the technology economy,” said Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 in a statement. “Data analytics is a growing and exciting field that is full of opportunities, and Chicago is poised to be a global leader in this space.”
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