New York Colleges Make Commitment to Prepare Students for Tech Careers - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

In a recent press release, the NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced a new commitment from local colleges and the city to better prepare New Yorkers for New York City’s growing tech industry. Students can expect to see new industry-informed curriculum beginning this fall.  

Pace University (Image: Flickr)

Pace University (Image: Flickr)

 

After a thorough data study from the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Data Summit, held in May, it became evident that the city was unprepared. “As New York City’s tech ecosystem continues to rapidly expand, we want to ensure that our next generation of employees has every opportunity to succeed right here in our city,” stated Bishop in the release. “These new commitments will go a long way in continuing to promote an inclusive local economy in which New Yorkers can easily transition into well-paying careers.”

“Having access to a workforce that can both think critically about how to interpret data and adapt to the field’s rapidly changing technology is crucial to StreetEasy’s continued success, and that of the broader New York City business community,” Grant Long, senior economist at StreetEasy added. “As we grow, teams like mine rely on tapping into a talent pool that’s not only proficient in the tools we use but also has the confidence and enthusiasm to seek out and implement the latest advancements in the field. It’s exciting to be a part of the City’s continued investment in growing and diversifying this in-demand talent pool and the resources available to them to help them grow in their careers.”

Here are some of the programs that the institutions can expect:

  • Lehman College interdisciplinary Data Science minor;
  • Queens College concentration in Data Science and Statistics in the Math major;
  • The City College of New York Masters in Data Science and Engineering;
  • New York Institute of Technology Master’s in Data Science; and
  • Pratt Institute Advanced Certificate in Spatial Analysis.

Additionally, Pace University plans to launch a Master’s in Data Science in fall 2019.

 

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Sequoia Blodgett

Sequoia Blodgett is a Reporter for Black Enterprise. She is also the founder of Commas, a consulting firm that gives entrepreneurs access to top tech and creative resources to help them grow their business.


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