Miami Dade College Teams Up with SoftBank to Build New Paths to Prosperity in Data Science
MIAMI, April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami Dade College (MDC) announced today a partnership with SoftBank and Correlation One that offers students a new path to pursue career opportunities in data science. Known as Data Science 4 All (DS4A)/Empowerment, the initiative will enable qualifying MDC students to access free training and career guidance to prepare them for success in data science roles. The program is free to qualifying students.
"This partnership is a unique opportunity for our students to acquire skills in one of the fastest growing fields right now," said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. "MDC is committed to training Miami's future technology workforce in this and other in-demand careers. Our programs are carefully developed to meet the local demand for talent and support a robust economy."
As the nation's most diverse higher learning institution serving mostly minority students and the community at large, MDC is committed to providing affordable and accessible programs aligned to the labor market's most in-demand fields, including data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and more. Most recently, MDC's Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics was recognized as one of the top 10 most affordable in the country.
"Our mission is to empower students with a ticket to economic growth," said Antonio Delgado, dean of Engineering, Technology and Design at MDC. "We're rewiring the labor market to not just provide students with the skills that employers need but also ensure that when they graduate, they're already on the path to economic mobility."
This latest collaboration with SoftBank and Correlation One adds to the College's many existing partnerships with industry leaders.
"In today's rapidly changing economy, employers have a critical role to play in streamlining the path between education and the jobs of the future," said Laura Gaviria Halaby, Head of partnerships and strategic initiatives. "That's going to depend on creative partnerships between industry, universities, and learning platforms with the potential to address both skill and equity gaps in fast-growing industries like data science."
Launched in 2020, DS4A/Empowerment aims to train at least 10,000 people from underrepresented communities -- prioritizing those who identify as Black, Latinx, or LGBTQ+ -- over the next three years, providing ew pathways to economic opportunity in the world's fastest-growing industries. Regardless of major, all MDC students are eligible to complete the assessment to enter DS4A/Empowerment's pilot cohort of 1,000 Fellows, which will include at least 50 Miami students, with plans to expand the Miami footprint significantly this fall.
Participants will receive 18 weeks of data and analytics training while working on case studies and projects, including projects submitted by SoftBank portfolio companies. The initiative will also connect participants with mentors who will provide professional development and career coaching. At the end of the program, external participants will receive credit toward a bachelor's in data analytics at MDC, reducing their overall tuition, and will be connected with employment opportunities at SoftBank and other leading enterprises across business, financial services, technology, healthcare, consulting, and consumer sectors.
"In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for data & analytics skills across a range of industries -- and, at the same time, deepened the urgency of providing new pathways to opportunity to those from historically underrepresented communities," said Rasheed Sabar and Sham Mustafa, Co-CEOs and Co-Founders of Correlation One. "This is about bringing the country's leading employers and colleges to the table so that we can both close looming talent gaps and reduce systemic inequities in the world of work."
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About Correlation One
Correlation One's pioneering Data Science for All programs help to create a more diverse global AI ecosystem. We provide free world-class training and career navigation support to students and professionals who identify as Black, LatinX, female, or LGBTQ+, in partnership with major employers around the world.
Since launching in 2015, we have built an expert community of 250,000+ data scientists and 600+ partnerships with businesses, universities, and data science organizations in the US, UK, Canada, China, and Latin America.
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