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*NEWS: Brandman University Partners with DevMasters to Offer Certificate in Data Science

As corporations, small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies gear-up to scale-up the use of AI, Brandman University will partner with the DevMasters to offer a certificate in data science to help Californians build resiliency in today’s rapidly changing workplace.

Brandman is known for serving adults through hybrid and fully online program. The DevMasters is known for its bootcamp style instruction.

This partnership will meld an applied labs approach to developing the next generation of data scientists through instruction delivered within Brandman’s multi-campus university system.

Students will gain simultaneous access to Brandman’s campuses, lifetime access to repeat a project or a course anytime, career and support services, and the DevMasters’ nationally top-ranked data science program.

The Mastering Science with Deep Learning program will be offered through Brandman’s School of Extended Education. The first cohort of students will begin in August at co-located spaces at both Brandman’s and the DevMasters’ Irvine campuses.

Program offerings throughout additional Brandman’s campuses are expected to launch in 2020.

“Our partnership with Bradman is in alignment with our company vision of developing artificial intelligence, machine learning practitioners and researchers within a university setting. We are excited to partner with Brandman and grow with them in the coming years,” Arshad Khan, the DevMasters’ founder and chief scientist said in a July 11 press release. “This partnership will develop high quality data scientists who will make an immediate impact for their organizations.”

Artificial Intelligence the Next Digital Frontier, a 2017 McKinsey Global Institute report, states that machine learning and a subfield called deep learning are at the heart of many recent advances in AI applications and they attracted almost 60% of all AI-related investment from outside the industry in 2016.

The report further highlights that AI promises benefits, but it also poses urgent challenges across firms, developers, government, and workers. A key report conclusion is the workforce should be reskilled to exploit AI rather than compete with it.

Mastering Data Science and Deep Learning is an open access program. A college degree is not a pre-requisite. Brandman and the DevMasters do anticipate the demand for this certificate will stem from individuals who are college educated, are 35 and older, and are currently in the workforce.

The certificate will cost students or their employers about $14,995 and the program is not eligible for state or federal financial aid. Students can anticipate a class duration of 12 weeks.

In June 2019, Burning Glass Technologies reported there were 34,338 data science job postings in the past 12 months, anticipated growth over the next 10 years is 19%, and the median salary is $116,198.

“This partnership allows our organizations to develop a strong co-branded offering to the marketplace,” Jessica Acosta Jaquez, VP of marketing and sales and co-founder at the DevMasters, said in a release. “Unlike other college and university certificate programs we’ve developed a true partnership where students will receive support from both the university and theDevMasters.”

See related story on Jaquez coming to the DevMasters here.

About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. The university serves about 25,000 students annually, with roughly 13,000 students seeking a college degree at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, fully online, and through Brandman MyPath™, a self-paced online competency-based education modality. Brandman offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For additional information, visit http://www.brandman.edu.

About the DevMasters
The DevMasters is a privately owned, AI and data science company, with HQ in Irvine. Founded in 2014 by Arshad Khan, the DevMasters recently consolidated its Einstein Assembly consulting and advisory arm under the DevMasters brand.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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