In an effort to show their commitment to students, Springboard announced they are launching a new Data Science Career Track -- the first online data science bootcamp that offers a job guarantee to its graduates.
The school recently tracked 50 of its graduates and saw that all 50 got a job within six months -- with a median increase of $18,000 in first-year salary. They have placed graduates at Boeing, Amazon, Pandora, and reddit. Now they are putting their money where their mouth is by guaranteeing graduates of the new bootcamp a data science job or a 100% tuition refund.
Springboard says they are confident they can live up to the promise, and will go all the way to support students in their transition into a Data Science career. In addition to the job guarantee, they offer a world-class mentor network of data scientists and a flexible, online curriculum.
Comprised of over 100 figures, Springboard’s mentors are working practitioners who know what it takes to break into data science, and many of them are hiring managers themselves. The mentors help students deal with data science problems, and impart immensely valuable advice from their years of experience in weekly, one-to-one video calls with their mentees. This inside perspective gives students an unprecedented leg up when it comes to getting data science jobs.
The Data Science Career Track offers a 200-hour curriculum and was curated by experts from IBM, Cisco, and Pindrop Security. Designed to accommodate those working full-time, the course structure is flexible and self-paced. Students can expect to finish in six months if they spend 8-10 hours a week on the bootcamp. The online and self-paced curriculum allows engaged learners the ability to pick up industry-recognized certification without having to quit their full-time jobs.
Once students learn the intricacies of machine learning, statistics, Python, SQL, Spark and Hadoop, they are given career resources and two final capstone projects. This is where they concretely use the technical skills and knowledge they’ve gained to build meaningful data science projects. The projects will be reviewed and approved by their mentor, and will be an integral part of their data science portfolio.
Throughout the course, students also benefit from student advisors to help them accelerate their learning. They’re also paired with a dedicated career coach who will help them with interview prep and resume review. Finally, Springboard is developing partnerships with key employers to help surface placement opportunities for its graduates. Six months after the course finishes, if a graduate doesn’t get a data science job, they are refunded all the money they spent.
The new Career Track program is selective with a 16% acceptance rate, and it requires applicants to have some prior experience with statistics and programming. The job guarantee applies to participants in most major US cities, although Springboard hopes to expand to more geographies soon.