College Offering New Data Analytics Course

October 27, 2021 sdawkins Blog

scott graham 5fNmWej4tAA unsplashJefferson State has partnered with ThinkData Solutions and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for a new Data Analytics course that began Oct. 12.

ThinkData Solutions Inc. is a data development collective that helped develop the curriculum for the course.

Data analysts provide accurate and valuable data to businesses, offering their employers better decision-making opportunities.

The course will prepare candidates for the Microsoft DA-100 certification in Microsoft Power BI and includes an exam voucher.

The first 8-week class will last until Dec. 7. Dates for subsequent classes will be forthcoming.

Candidates will learn:

  • How to get data from different sources and transform it, using data-cleaning techniques and best practices.
  • How to model data into meaningful datasets.
  • How to visualize data and create dashboards.
  • How to analyze the data, including applying splicers and filters, identifying outliers, and applying AI insights.
  • How to deploy and maintain reports, including configuring dataset refresh settings, create and configure a workspace, apply sensitivity labels to the content in the workspace, and how to deploy pipelines.

For more information about the course, email [email protected].

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is providing financial assistance for participants.

Jefferson State requested training stipends from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham for at least 40 unemployed, low-income, and/or low-skilled adults, with a focus on women and minorities, who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and require specialized assistance to enroll and complete fast-track training and enter into the labor force. Funding is being used for students enrolled in IT programs such as Cybersecurity, Computer Technician/ CompTia A+, Full-Stack Web Development, IT Help Desk, Python and Data Analytics.

These training programs have transitioned to online to support the immediate needs of the IT jobs in the region. Because financial aid is not available for non-credit training, awards will be made to at-risk students for registration fees and stipends such as books, fees, childcare, housing, transportation, gas, and other living expenses. The goal of this funding is to lead those who are out of the labor force due to the current economic crisis to form a permanent attachment to a job and enable self-sufficiency through the attainment of employment and/or postsecondary opportunities.

For more information about the Foundation, visit