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Data Science Training Provider Metis Expands Bootcamp to Chicago, One of America’s Emerging Tech Hubs


Chicago, IL – May 26, 2016 − Data science training provider Metis is launching its data science bootcamp in Chicago, which is rapidly becoming one of the country’s most promising metro areas for jobs in the industry. With data science training offerings ranging from part-time professional development courses to corporate training and online resources, Metis also owns the industry’s only accredited intensive data science bootcamp, currently operating in New York City and San Francisco. The Chicago Metis bootcamp will begin in September, with applications open immediately. Metis entered the Chicago market earlier this year, announcing a part-time Machine Learning professional development course that begins in July, and an Introduction to Data Science course that begins in September.


“We’re particularly excited about joining the Chicago community, as the city is an important part of our DNA,” said Jason Moss, co-founder and president of Metis. “The designer of our original curriculum, Datascope, is a key player in the city's rapidly expanding data science community and an ongoing partner. With several of our alumni currently working at companies like Datascope, Uptake, and grubHub, we know there’s growing opportunity for data science professionals in Chicago, and we’re looking forward to helping foster talent locally.


The Windy City is one of the hottest cities for data scientist careers, with Crain’s Chicago Business saying it ranks “behind only Silicon Valley and perhaps Seattle and New York.” According to executive recruiting company Burtch Works, median base-level salaries for entering data scientists in the United States is $97,000.


Metis applicants must have a background in programming and statistics. Under the competitive admissions process, prospective students submit written applications, which are reviewed by the admissions team. Qualified applicants are then invited to participate in a 48-hour coding challenge, followed by a video interview. Classes are limited to 20-24 students. Metis offers a $2,000 scholarship for women, underrepresented minority groups, and veterans or members of the U.S. military.


Metis’s curriculum combines projects-based data science design with the proprietary learning science and assessment insights of global educational services provider Kaplan, which owns Metis. The 12-week bootcamp trains students how to derive insights from data and to communicate those insights effectively.


The bootcamp will take place on W. Van Buren Street, in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The site will also be the new home of Metis’s sister company Dev Bootcamp, which originated the immersive developer bootcamp in 2012. Both are part of Kaplan Test Prep’s New Economy Skills Training (NEST) unit.


About Metis

Metis is a leading provider of data science skills training for individuals and businesses. Part of Kaplan Test Prep’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. Kaplan Test Prep is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses.