UCSC Silicon Valley-Udacity partnership prepares top caliber data scientists for today’s jobs

“The need for new data science professionals who are prepared to take on the challenge of data continues to be one of industries most pressing challenges.”

SANTA CLARA—Aug. 17, 2020—UCSC Silicon Valley Extension instructors will bring Udacity’s popular online curriculum to classrooms this fall in an exciting new partnership that prepares data science professionals for today’s high demand jobs. 

“We’re delighted to announce this new pathway for data science professionals,” says Cynthia Larive, University of California, Santa Cruz chancellor. UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is the professional development arm of UCSC. “The need for new data science professionals who are prepared to take on the challenges of data analytics continues to be one of industry’s most pressing challenges.”

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LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report names Data Science as the third top emerging job in the U.S.

Data science has been one of the fastest growing job sectors for several consecutive years and ranked third on a national list of emerging jobs this year, as well as a top job in the U.S. An entry-level data scientist in San Jose, CA with less than one year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,840, according to Payscale.com.

Even during the ongoing pandemic when so many sectors have seen a sharp decline in demand for workers, data scientists have fared better in most industries and even seen an increase in demand in some areas such as finance and insurance.

“There’s never been a better time to pick up a new skill that will improve career prospects, such as data science,” says Udacity CEO Gabe Dalporto. “Udacity is proud to partner with the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension to provide these in-demand skills to learners who will receive a UC Santa Cruz certificate of completion and a Udacity Nanodegree Certificate—making them highly attractive to employers.”

Earn a Python or Data Scientist Specialization in Four Months

Enrollment opens today for the fully online self-paced version of two new UCSC data science specializations —Programming for Data Science with Python, an introductory, three-segment program, and Data Scientist, a more advanced five-segment offering. Both specializations are currently online programs offered by Udacity as Nanodegree programs and estimated to take students about four months to complete.

While both programs will be taught fully online in a self-paced modality through UCSC Extension, the new UCSC-Udacity partnership, also adds an additional learning mode—a new instructor-led component that brings UC expertise and live support to the traditional online experience. 

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Data Scientist ranks No. 3 in Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in America. 

“This partnership brings the best of the Udacity online learning expertise together with our 50 years experience providing professional skills training, career networking, and job search support,” says P.K. Agarwal, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension dean. 

Students interested in the instructor-led classes (starting Sept. 28) will include weekly live sessions in a structured, remote setting. They will work on real-world projects with an experienced industry leader and a cohort of peers. Enrollment opens Sept. 1. Each specialization can be purchased on a month-to-month, subscription basis.

A University of California Experience

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Data science jobs appear to be more resilient to the ongoing pandemic-related job losses, according to MIT Sloan Management Review (June 16, 2020)

The partnership means that students can earn a UC Santa Cruz certificate of completion, a UCSC Silicon Valley Extension digital skills badge, a Udacity Nanodegree certificate, and 12 continuing education units—all while studying at the professional education division of an accredited institution that is one of the top research universities in the world. They will also enjoy access to job search services to support their success after they complete the specialization.

“Udacity has a proven track record of building the foundation for successful career advancement and our instructors are excited to be able to bring their curriculum to a new level,” Agarwal says. “We’re looking forward to expanding our joint offerings in the future.”

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Data Scientists? 

Data Science Registration Opens

  • Registration begins Aug. 17 for online, self-paced classes starting Sept. 1
  • Registration  opens Sept. 1 for instructor-led courses beginning Sept. 28.

Advance your career. Learn more about these programs today.

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