PC Students Impress at the 4th Annual Data Analytics Bootcamp

Data analytics is an integral component to the success of businesses. Last week, the PCSB hosted the 4th Annual Data Analytics Bootcamp. Given the COVID-19 health crisis, the bootcamp was held online for the first time. Focused on developing skills for understanding and analyzing data, the bootcamp taught students how to find and prep data, handle unstructured data, develop queries, and acquire data mining techniques. The students were then exposed to critical data analysis software including Tableau, R, SQL, and Python.

This year, 18 rising seniors were enrolled in the program. At the end of the bootcamp, students honed their communication skills through a presentation of their case to a panel of judges. Alex Liu, from Fiserv, returned for his third year as a judge of the bootcamp. Mark Stewart, from BlueCross BlueShield RI, and Chris Thompson, of PwC, returned as judges for their second year, and Steven Kenney, from KPMG, joined the panel for the first time.

The judges chose a team consisting of Shannon Bradley ’21 (Management/Health Policy and Management), Luis Urena ’21 (Finance/Computer Science), and Cameron Sherry ‘21 (Management) as the winners of the case competition. However, all of the student teams impressed the judges with their analysis of the case, their suggestions for improving business performance, and the quality of their overall presentation.

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Professor Dan Horne, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Corporate Initiatives, praised all of the students for their efforts over the course of the program. “The quality of these presentations were strong and confidently presented across the board. I could not be happier with how they represented PC and the School of Business. With data analytics becoming such a highly valued skill by employers, the expertise that these students have gained over the course of the bootcamp is valuable, as they prepare to enter the workforce.” The completion of the course is recorded on the student’s transcript. The PCSB would like to give special thanks to Professor Jon Jackson, Ph.D. and Professor David Cortes, Ph.D. for coaching the students remotely and their guidance over the course of the program.

The PCSB offers the Data Analytics Bootcamp, on an annual basis, alongside the Data Visualization Bootcamp, which is offered to sophomores and juniors of any major. Both programs are beneficial learning opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing careers that require data analysis skills. Additional information about the upcoming bootcamp, in January 2021, will become available in October 2020. Visit https://business.providence.edu/initiatives/data-analytics-visualization/ for more details.