BSC’s unique Data Science Program is a must if you’re looking to get into the tech field

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Gain knowledge in the fast-growing field of Data Science. (Jacob Blakenship / Bham Now)

Interested in pursuing a career or learning more about data science? No matter your job, age or experience, it’s never too late to start, and Birmingham-Southern College’s Data Science program is the perfect launching point. Keep reading to learn more about this accelerated program and how to sign up.

A little about Birmingham Southern’s Data Science Program

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BSC’s program will prepare you for a job in Data Science. (Jacob Blakenship / Bham Now)

Discover everything you need to know for a successful start in Data Science when you participate in Birmingham Southern’s program. Data Science is one of the fastest-growing job markets in the nation, and this program teaches highly sought skills such as coding, programming and data analysis.

Wondering how you can put your newfound knowledge to use? These skills are useful in all kinds of industries including, public health, hospitality, media,construction, insurance, real estate, agriculture and more.

“BSC is helping to close the workforce gap in highly skilled labor—a vital step in growing Birmingham’s
economy. This skilled labor gap isn’t unique to Birmingham—companies across the country need data scientists and graduates of this program are prepared to work anywhere.”

Daniel B. Coleman, BSC President

BSC students who complete the program will receive a minor in Data Science as part of their undergraduate degree. Non-BSC students will receive a Certificate of Completion in Data Science and both students and non-BSC students will get a chance to intern and later possibly work for the following companies:

  • Airship
  • Crossflow Technologies, Inc.
  • DealNews
  • Distribution Point
  • Fleetio
  • Guideway Care
  • Harmony Venture Labs
  • IllumiCare
  • MotionMobs
  • NXTsoft
  • O3 Solutions
  • QuantHub
  • Regions Bank
  • StreetMetrics
  • Shipt
  • Vituro Health

Details to know

The Data Science program is an accelerated 12-week summer class offered to both BSC and non-BSC students. Here are relative dates and details to keep in mind:

  • Program dates: May 23-August 12
  • Cost: BSC students—$7,200 I non-BSC students—$9,500
  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • Deposit Deadline: April 18 ($500)
  • Tuition Payment Deadline: May 8
  • Sign Up Today

Learn about one of the local intern spots—Fleetio

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Get real world experience in the Data Science field. (Jacob Blakenship / Bham Now)

A really unique opportunity Birmingham-Southern’s program offers is its ability to connect students to companies that will give them experience in the field. Fleetio is one of these—a cloud-based fleet management software platform that helps fleets across the world manage maintenance, asset utilization, inspections, telematics data and more.

Never heard of a fleet? That’s just a name for a group of vehicles owned by an organization rather than an individual. Fleet managers serve as the primary contact concerning the vehicle fleet and operations.

“I have two distinct goals for each intern. One, that they see first-hand how data is ingested, processed and stored at a modern software company, regardless of its industry. Two, that they explore a problem specific to fleet management and present that work to the leaders and stakeholders of product strategy.”

Michael Harrison, Head of Product Management, Fleetio

Insight from a past participant & current intern

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Killian is a current intern for Fleetio and BSC student. (Jacob Blakenship / Bham Now)

Want the inside scoop on how great this program really is? We met with Birmingham-Southern student Killian Kahalley to talk about his time as both a participant and current Fleetio intern.

Kahalley shared with us the many skills and experiences the Data Science program gave him. Here are a few:

  • Code in multiple different languages
  • Use statistics and linear algebra to conceptualize data
  • Create machine learning algorithms and computer models
  • Practice resume building
  • See how top data science companies organize their workflows

“The program’s curriculum was designed knowing that Data Science is an ever-evolving field, and because of that, the skills I gained have been incredibly useful, even when dealing with topics we didn’t directly cover in the classroom.”

Killian Kahalley, BSC Student, Junior

During the program, Kahalley heard Michael Harrison, Fleetio Head of Product Management, speak on the company’s culture. He was instantly sold, and soon applied and was accepted as a Data Analytics Engineering Intern.

As a Fleetio intern, Kahalley creates systems that help the company more efficiently analyze its data. With all of his data expertise, you may be surprised to learn he’s on track for a Masters in Aerospace Engineering. To questions on why he did this program he says:

“Regardless of the specific job I take after I finish my education, I know that being able to write code and interpret data will contribute immensely to the success I’ll hopefully have as an engineer.”

Killian Kahalley, BSC Student, Junior

If this sounds like a program you’d love, you can head to Birmingham-Southern’s website to sign up, or check out their Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on their many exciting programs.

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