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Rancho Cordova Tech Career Incubator

The City of Rancho Cordova, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, and Udacity are partnering to offer 50 fully funded scholarships to upskill the citizens of Rancho Cordova in the skills of Business Analytics and Programming.

About the Program

Udacity has teamed up with the City of Rancho Cordova and Greater Sacramento Economic Council, to offer a free upskilling program to the city’s residents.
In Collaboration With
  • Rancho Cordova
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Program Details

This program offers cutting edge content and in-demand skills in Business Analytics or Introduction to Programming. It aims to give citizens of Rancho Cordova practitioner-level skills to prepare for the jobs of the future.

These Nanodegree programs last 3-4 months and include projects and virtual classroom sessions, as well as engagement with local and national employers.

How does it work?
Complete the online application form for the learning path of your choice before the deadline of February 13, 2022. By February 15, 2022, you will be notified of your acceptance into the program. You will be enrolled and invited to the Kickoff Webinar on February 22, 2022 and you will begin your 3-month learning journey in the Udacity classroom.

Benefits of Rancho Cordova Tech Career Incubator
  • Work on real-world projects designed by industry experts to build your portfolio of skills
  • Learn in-demand skills from the most up-to-date content, co-created with top industry experts
  • Throughout your entire journey, you will have access to a supportive online community, where you will get to ask other students and tutors for support to help you through any learning difficulties or even to network!
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Program Eligibility

Applicants for Tech Career Incubator must meet following criteria to take part in the program:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Rancho Cordova (check eligibilty)
  • Dedicate 10-15 hours per week to learning online
  • Attend mandatory 1.5 hour weekly virtual sessions led by a Udacity Session Lead

Udacity's Nanodegree Programs

Udacity's Nanodegree programs are the world’s fastest, most efficient way to master the skills tech companies want. Students learn by doing real-world projects and other hands-on exercises that lead to real skills mastery. As a participant in Tech Career Incubator, students can choose to build skills in one of the following Nanodegree programs:

Business Analytics

Gain foundational data skills applicable to any industry. Collect and analyze data, model business scenarios, and communicate your findings with SQL, Excel, and Tableau.

Projects include:
  • Use statistics and spreadsheet programs like Excel to analyze data from over 500 companies on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Query a digital music store database which holds information regarding the store’s media, employees, and customers.
  • Build interactive dashboards with Tableau and use them to discover and communicate insights from data.

Intro to Programming

Learn the basics of programming through HTML, CSS, Python, and JavaScript. Get extensive practice with hands-on exercises and projects that demonstrate your grasp of coding fundamentals, and build confidence in your ability to think and problem-solve like a programmer.

Projects include:
  • Use HTML and CSS to make Trading Cards. You will apply your knowledge of HTML Document Structure to your html file and then create custom CSS styling based on your preferences.
  • Create a simple, interactive, text-based adventure game in Python, using modules, loops, conditionals, and functions. Demonstrate your ability to write correct Python syntax, practice with fundamental programming logic and refactor code using functions.
  • Apply Python and object-oriented programming skills to build a program that plays the game of Rock Paper Scissors. You’ll build classes that represent the game and its players. You’ll write computer players that follow various different strategies, as well as a human player class that lets a human play the game against the computer.
  • Build a single-page web app that allows users to draw pixel art on a customizable canvas.

Important Dates

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    January 11, 2022

    Applications Open

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    February 13, 2022

    Applications Close

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    February 15, 2022

    Scholarship Recipients Selected

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    February 22, 2022

    Nanodegree Program Begins

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    May 22, 2022

    Nanodegree Program Ends

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How can I benefit from this program?
    Learners will work on real-world projects designed by industry experts to build their portfolio of skills and learn in-demand skills from the most up-to-date content, co-created with top industry experts. Throughout your entire journey, you will have access to a supportive online community, where you will get to ask other students and tutors for support to help you through any learning difficulties or even to network!
  • How many spots will be available?
    There are 50 scholarships available within the first cohort!
  • What does the learner journey look like as part of this program?
    Students will have access to the course material through their classroom, and will have weekly virtual touchpoints with a Udacity Session Lead to check on their progress, work through case studies and solve their technical blockers. In order to graduate, students must complete a set of projects within the specified timeframe.
  • What are connect sessions?
    Connect sessions are mandatory weekly sessions with a Udacity Session Lead to track progress, work through technical blockers and work on relevant case studies together. These sessions are a great opportunity to network, build connections and stay on track to graduate on time.
  • Are there any fees for enrollment?
    No, this is a free scholarship opportunity.
  • Will you provide us with any kind of career support?
    Each Nanodegree includes career services in the form of projects, sessions, and employer webinars.
  • What is the duration of this program?
    This program is 3-month learning journey.
  • How will you contact me?
    A Udacity team member will contact you via email by February 15, 2022 to notify you of your acceptance into the program. You will then be notified of your enrollment into the classroom by February 22, 2022. Please be sure to check your spam/promotions folders to ensure that you do not miss any emails from Udacity.
  • Can I change the email address that I have used to sign-up?
    You should maintain the same email address you enrolled with in the program for the duration of your track in order to maintain eligibility. We highly recommend using a personal email address for this program.
  • Is this program online, in-person, or combination of both?
    The program takes place 100% online. You can work from wherever you want to, as long as you have a working internet connection.
  • How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework, in order to finish on time?
    Between instructional content, quizzes, projects, and other course-related activity, we estimate that investing from 10-15 hours/week of self-study including attending weekly 1.5-2 hour virtual connect sessions will enable Nanodegree program learners to proceed through the curriculum at a successful pace.
  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
    Interested learners must complete and submit the program application on the website. You must meet the eligibility requirements for the program and successfully answer the technical questions in the application to ensure that you have the pre-requisite knowledge to succeed in the program you chose.
  • Can I cancel an application I submitted?
    You can edit your application through your classroom as long as the deadline has not passed. However, please note that you can not delete your application.
  • What if I have additional questions?
    Please submit a request from here by choosing Rancho Cordova Tech Career Incubator (TCI) as your program and our support team will assist you.