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Udacity is excited to partner with UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, the professional education arm of University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the country’s most well-regarded higher education institutions, to offer Specializations in Data Science.

This partnership brings Udacity’s best-in-class online learning platform and in-demand skills training together with UCSC’s academic excellence and expertise built over 50 years working with practitioners and professionals in Silicon Valley.

Learners can get access to two of Udacity’s most popular Nanodegree programs — Programming for Data Science with Python and Data Scientist — packaged with UCSC Extension’s professional job training, career networking, recruitment specialists, and job search support. Students will have the option to choose a completely online, self-paced format or a more structured instructor-led experience with UCSC’s industry-expert instructors.

Udacity, UC Santa Cruz Launch Landmark Partnership to Train the Next Generation of Data Scientists

“There’s never been a better time to pick up a new skill that will improve career prospects, such as Data Science,” says Udacity CEO Gabe Dalporto. “Udacity is proud to partner with the University of California to provide these in-demand skills to learners who will receive a UC Santa Cruz certificate of completion and a Udacity Nanodegree Certificate — making them highly attractive to employers.”

In addition to the practical in-demand skills and career support that comes with the Specializations, graduates will also receive a UC Santa Cruz certificate of completion and a Udacity Nanodegree Certificate, a digital skills badge from UCSC Silicon Valley, and 12 continuing education units (CEUs).

“We’re delighted to announce this new pathway for data science professionals,” says Cynthia Larive, UCSC chancellor. UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is the professional development arm of University of California, Santa Cruz. “The need for new data science professionals who are prepared to take on the challenges of data analytics continues to be one of industry’s most pressing challenges.”

A Partnership to Build Job-Ready Data Skills

Data science jobs are a hot commodity these days —  an IBM report found that there was 39% growth in employer demand for both data scientists and data engineers in 2020 — and there’s every expectation that data roles will continue that rapid growth in the coming years. What’s more, data science roles offer a median salary of $107,801 and job satisfaction level of 4 out of 5. So if you’ve been considering building a successful career in data science, then now’s the time to do so.  

With this new partnership, learners will have the option to pursue either of two specializations: Programming for Data Science with Python and Data Scientist:

Programming for Data Science with Python

This specialization is best for learners who are just getting started in the field of Data Science, and will equip you with the fundamental programming skills required for a career in data science. By the end of the program, you will be able to use Python, SQL, Command Line, and Git in a data science context. The program also comes with multiple real-world projects to help build practitioner-level skills and make you ready for the job. 

Data Scientist

The Data Scientist Specialization is best suited for experienced programmers and data analysts who already have a background in Machine Learning. You’ll master the skills necessary to become a successful Data Scientist by working on projects designed by industry experts, and learn to run data pipelines, design experiments, build recommendation systems, and deploy solutions to the cloud.

Ready to get started? Take advantage of this brand new partnership between Udacity and UCSC Silicon Valley to build the data skills that companies everywhere are hiring for. Choose your specialization and enroll now — Programming for Data Science with Python and Data Scientist.

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Alper Tekin
Alper Tekin
Alper Tekin is the Chief Product Officer at Udacity. He was Udacity’s first international hire, founded the company’s EMEA presence as the Regional Director of EMEA, and later founded Udacity Enterprise, Udacity's B2B division targeting business customers. Prior to joining Udacity in 2015, Alper was a serial entrepreneur in Europe, acting as founder & CEO of several startups, including AlfaPeople,, and BlaBlaCar TR.