Posted on: February 1, 2021; Updated on: February 1, 2021
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The University of South Carolina’s Office of Innovation, Partnerships, and Economic
Engagement (OIPEE), in partnership with IBM and the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator,
is offering the latest iteration of the IBM Skills Academy with a course in Data Science.
Participants who complete the course will earn a digital badge that reflects an ability
to use advanced data science methods and tools to implement unique data models that
can solve challenging problems across all industries. The course is designed so that
participants can benefit and apply lessons to whatever career field they choose to
Last summer, UofSC hosted its first IBM Skills Academy course in Artificial Intelligence
and graduated its first group of students. This new practitioner-level course in Data
Science builds off that success and will teach participants how to extract knowledge
from massive amounts of data, using methods such as statistics, machine learning,
data mining, and predictive analytics. No matter the field of study or career path,
a working knowledge of data science can help students, workers and organizations solve
problems and gain a competitive advantage.
“Our mission is to help close the gap between academia and industry by leveraging
our partnerships to give our students and graduates the necessary skills to be highly
productive employees on day one,” said OIPEE Executive Director Bill Kirkland. “This
goes for the community as well as the state’s flagship university, UofSC aspires to
take the feedback we receive from industry and help build up the state’s workforce
that can fill the demand for high-paying jobs, both now and in the future.”
OIPEE will host informational webinars. Register online for the Wednesday (Feb. 3) webinar or for the Feb. 9 webinar. Both informational sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. The course begins Feb. 16, also
at 5:30pm. The Data Science course will be taught by faculty from the College of Engineering
and Computing and will explore concepts, relevant technologies and industry use cases.
Classes will run twice a week and will include a mix of lectures, videos of subject
matter experts, and interactive labs.
About IBM Skills Academy at UofSC
IBM Skills Academy is a comprehensive training and badging program designed to empower
people of various backgrounds with the skills needed to excel in the job market.
Through a blended learning approach, participants learn at their own pace that best
suits their individual learning style. Once students pass the final exam, they will
earn an IBM Digital Badge — a digital recognition of skills which can be shared on
social and professional networks. The badges — verified and administered by Pearson
VUE Acclaim — can also be part of users’ digital signature and feature on networking
platforms like LinkedIn. Future courses will be offered in Cybersecurity, Blockchain,
Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, and Design Thinking.
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