ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan and Google have partnered to offer a new online data science training program for job seekers in Michigan.
The goal of the flexible course is to help candidates in the field advance their careers and quickly enter the rapidly growing market.
The course, titled “Data Analytics in the Public Sector with R”, was created by UM’s Center for Academic Innovation for professionals interested in learning how public data sets inform policy-making in the public sector. , according to a press release.
The center partnered with the School of Information and the Ford School of Public Policy to develop the course on machine learning and open source data and its role in decision-making.
“He teaches how the powerful R programming language can manipulate, visualize and interpret open source data to those with a fundamental understanding of programming and statistics,” reads a statement.
The program is made up of four courses and focuses on the following aspects:
The basics of R programming
Public data and open source survey data
Data manipulation and visualization
The course complements Google’s online professional training career certificates and is recommended for those already familiar with R.
“Professional training and regular learning of new skills are keys to the future of work,” said James DeVaney, founding executive director of the Center for Academic Innovation.
“It also gave us the opportunity to team up with Google on a course aimed directly at high-impact, high-paying job skills that serve the public good and help communities in Michigan and beyond because people are able Use data to make decisions Create and solve important societal problems.
The course will be taught by Assistant Professor of Information Christopher Brooks and Professor of Public Policy and Health Management Paula Lantz.
“Professors Lantz and Brooks bring unique perspectives to the course,” DeVaney said in a statement. “They let you see the power of big data and learn the skills you need to improve communities. Our schools work daily to prepare a new generation of leaders dedicated to the public good, and this course will bring the same commitment to a global audience.
Candidates are not required to have a degree to obtain a Google Career Certificate, which can be completed within 3-6 months when studying part-time.
According to a press release, open data analytics jobs start with a median salary of $74,000 and there are over 380,000 positions available nationwide.
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