Data Science Certificate Program For Professionals To Launch At UVI Fall 2021

The University of the Virgin Islands and its companions introduced Monday that the college will supply a Data Science Certificate Program, starting within the Fall 2021 Semester. The program is designed to assist professionals advance their careers by leveraging utilized information science. 

According to the discharge, the 13-credit certificates program comes on the heels of the lately added Data Science Minor, however the necessities for each applications differ barely. Students pursuing the DS certificates should not have to be enrolled in a level program at UVI and don’t want prior school expertise to register.

The program is tailor-made to profit members from various backgrounds together with authorities staff searching for to assist their departments with information analytics, job seekers who wish to make themselves extra marketable, people within the non-public sector who wish to discover ways to make data-driven choices, and college students exploring profession choices, UVI stated.

Registration for this system will open within the fall, however college students can register now to start out taking each core and prerequisite programs through the 2021 Summer Semester. To register, college students new to UVI should fill out a registration form and submit to the UVI Office of the Registrar.

“Almost every projection on work forecasts aggressive growth in employment related to data,” stated Thomas Lombardi, UVI chair of data methods and know-how. “The data science programs at UVI are designed to help professionals adjust to and profit from these trends.”

As they research, college students can anticipate to discover sensible methods to make use of information science to drive higher resolution making in any business — agriculture, finance, enterprise, aviation, oceanography and extra, in accordance with the discharge. They may even discover information governance, information ethics, and methods to influence financial and group improvement with utilized information science. 

 “It’s important to create a culture of data-driven decision making,” stated Dr. Joanne Luciano, distinguished professor of knowledge science at UVI. “How do we use data to become eligible for additional federal funding? Can we detect early signs of new contagious diseases arriving in the territory? What types of industries should the USVI invest in to balance its portfolio? Data science has answers.”

Students pursuing a DS certificates will study scientific considering, statistical experience, enterprise acumen and programming expertise. The program prepares college students to assist an analytics staff in figuring out, constructing, and evaluating related information fashions.

The DS Certificate Program comes as a joint partnership between UVI, the UVI Research and Technology Park, the VI Bureau of Economic Research, non-public sector companions similar to Cane Bay Partners, and different group stakeholders dedicated to workforce and financial improvement within the territory.

VIBER Director Dr. Allison DeGazon, who’s a member of the advisory board that developed the curriculum, stated that supporting the certificates program is essential to establishing the USVI as a hub for information analytics.

“To achieve this goal, we need to render all support to UVI’s data science program to ensure we have the workforce to meet the needs of this dynamic industry,” she stated. “We are proud to be instrumental in making this program a reality.”

Kirk Chewning, co-founder and companion at fintech consulting agency Cane Bay Partners, can also be a member of the advisory board that created the DS Certificate Program. According to Chewning, a workforce geared up with the abilities to know and analyze information could make a “game-changing difference” in individuals’s particular person lives, enterprise and authorities.

“Both the EDA and the RTPark have identified opportunities over the next several years that could drive 1,000 to 2,000 new jobs in the territory per year. That is a large magnitude of new jobs created that will require talent,” Chewning stated. “If we want residents to be empowered to take on these jobs and earn more, we need to create platforms that give them opportunities to learn the skills that will get them there. Any individual who understands how to use data to drive important decisions will be an asset wherever they decide to work – in the public or private sector.”

The launch said that the advisory board welcomes contributions from extra authorities departments, companies, and group companions to assist the development of this system and its objectives towards workforce and financial improvement. Prospective companions can contact Dr. Luciano at or (340) 693-1253.





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