Leading Data Science Training Provider Metis Debuts in Chicago with a Grand Opening and A New Scholarship for LGBTQ Students

PyLadies Chicago and Data Science Chicago Co-Sponsor October 20th Event Featuring Remarks from Chicago’s Chief Data Science Officer Tom Schenk Jr.

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Chicago, IL (October 12, 2016) – To commemorate its arrival on the Chicago tech scene, leading data science training provider Metis will hold a grand opening ceremony centered around the theme of “Demystifying Data Science” on October 20th, 6:30-8:30 PM at 1033 West Van Buren Street. Featuring established data scientists who represent the growing community of data science talent in Chicago, the event’s agenda will include:

  • Opening remarks by Tom Schenk Jr., Chief Data Officer of the City of Chicago
  • Short “lightning talks” by data scientists about their career paths: Greg Reda: Data Science Lead at Sprout Social; Jess Freaner: Data Scientist at Datascope Analytics; Jeremy Watt: Machine Learning consultant and Author of Machine Learning Refined
  • A panel discussion featuring the lightning talk speakers, moderated by Lorena Mesa, Sprout Social platform software engineer and Co-Organizer of PyLadies Chicago

At the grand opening, Metis will reaffirm its commitment to diversity in tech by introducing a new $3,000 bootcamp scholarship for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer applicants. Currently, Metis provides bootcamp scholarships for women, underrepresented demographic groups, and veterans or members of the U.S. military.

“We are thrilled to join Chicago’s growing and vibrant data science community and help foster new, diverse talent,” said Jason Moss, co-founder and president of Metis. “Our new Metis  scholarship for LGBTQ students in San Francisco and Chicago is part of our continuing commitment to supporting diverse talent in the data science field.”

The grand opening event will take place on October 20th from 6:30-8:30 PM at Metis’s Chicago headquarters, 1033 West Van Buren. Members of the press are welcome to attend; please RSVP to Michael Tague at 212-974-2785 or michael.tague@kaplan.com.

The event will be co-sponsored by PyLadies Chicago, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for women to work collaboratively and continue their learning through Python-focused workshops, and Data Science Chicago, a professional data science community organized by Datascope Analytics.

Metis’s recent opening in Chicago represents the latest in a series of expansions for the data science training provider, including its expansion to San Francisco, the acquisition of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Explore Data Science program, and the hiring of noted data scientist Dr. Deborah Berebichez. The Windy City ranks as one of the best jobs markets in the United States for data scientists; according to Crain’s, Chicago is classed “behind only Silicon Valley and perhaps Seattle and New York.”

While the role of data scientist ranks as the best job in America on jobs website Glassdoor’s 2016 list, McKinsey and Company reports that 140,000-190,000 job postings for data scientists will go unfilled by 2018.

Metis is now taking accepting applications for its Chicago bootcamp, which begins January 17. The early application deadline is November 21. Students may also enroll in Metis’s part-time Introduction to Data Science course, which begins January 23.

To speak with a Metis spokesperson about the grand opening or for more information on the new LGBTQ scholarship, please contact Michael Tague at 212-974-2785 or michael.tague@kaplan.com. For more information on all of Metis’s programs and offerings, visit www.thisismetis.com.

About Metis

Metis (www.thisismetis.com) is a leading provider of data science skills training for individuals and businesses. Part of Kaplan’s New Economy Skills Training (NEST) unit, Metis delivers training programs designed by world-class industry practitioners and runs the industry’s only accredited intensive data science bootcamp. Metis, a d/b/a of Kaplan, is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). Kaplan, Inc. (www.kaplan.com) is a leading provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses.

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