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  • Alteryx Is Launching a Free Data Science Certification Program

    On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest jobs numbers, and they weren't pretty. Nonfarm payrolls fell by 20.5 million in April, and the U.S. unemployment rate has now soared to 14.7%. However, one silver lining is that many of those laid off expect to eventually return to their previous jobs. Of those laid off, 18.1 million expect to eventually get their old jobs back.

    Those hopes may prove optimistic if the coronavirus-related recession leads to lingering demand destruction across a wide range of industries. Yet if you happen to find yourself in this unfortunate situation, one company is offering a crash course in a very in-demand skillset for the new "data economy." The course is free to displaced workers and could help you land a different -- and potentially better -- job coming out of the crisis than going in. 

    Here's what the program is and why you should consider taking it, if you have a month to spare.

    Advancing Data and Analytics Potential Together (ADAPT) program

    Data science software company Alteryx (NYSE:AYX), has very quickly constructed a new crash course in data science and predictive analytics for displaced workers it calls Advancing Data and Analytics Potential Together (ADAPT). Alteryx developed ADAPT under its "Alteryx for Good" platform, an educational outreach program Alteryx had even before COVID-19. Alteryx for Good is designed to educate and offer services to nonprofits, students, and educators on the ins and outs of data science and predictive analytics. Now, amid COVID-19, Alteryx has developed a monthlong curriculum that's essentially an intensive crash course in data science, offered through partner Udacity, an online education company founded in 2011. The course is free to both new graduates, as well as those who have been displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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