State-of-the-art curriculum will prepare women to succeed in high-demand technology field

State-of-the-art curriculum will prepare women to succeed in high-demand technology field

Scottsdale, AZ – Woz U is partnering with ENTITY Academy, an online education company dedicated to preparing women of all ages for the changing workforce, to enhance their technology training offerings. Woz U will provide content and curricula for ENTITY’s Data Science Virtual Academy, which launched on March 23.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the data science field is expected to grow by 16 percent by 2028, compared with an average of five percent across all occupations. Yet, women currently make up a small percentage of these jobs: just 19 percent of software developers and 21 percent of computer programmers. With this new partnership, Woz U and ENTITY are helping to ensure that women aren’t left behind in these high-paying, rapidly growing career fields.

“As a general rule, women tend to be good communicators. And data science is a blend of three things: programming, statistics, and communication,” says Meredith Dodd, Data Science Program Chair and Instructor at Woz U. “It doesn’t matter at all if you’ve done brilliant statistical models or machine learning. If you can’t communicate that to someone who can use that information, you’ll have done that work in vain, in a vacuum.”

Data Science allows for complex data to be turned into meaningful information that helps businesses and organizations implement informed solutions. With ENTITY’s 33-week Data Science Virtual Academy, women will learn the skills it takes to gain employment in this growing field, where the average starting salary is $74,000.

“We are responding to the needs of the marketplace with this new offering. There is increased demand by the day for entry-level female employees that understand the principles of data science. Helping women land great jobs in tech is the core mission of ENTITY, and by partnering with Woz U, we believe we can help fill this void,” said ENTITY Co-Founder and CEO, Jennifer Schwab Wangers.

“Artificial intelligence will be determining the outcome of our criminal justice system, our banking system, journalism, software, trends, as well as other important business decisions. We need more women in data science because women tend to take an empathetic point of view when trying to solve a problem,” explained Susan Alben, ENTITY Academy Mentor and Business Value Engineer at Microsoft. “The Alben Foundation chose to sponsor ENTITY Academy because ENTITY offers deep learning and mentorship for women. They also have working relationships with the companies that hire their graduates, and those relationships, generally, create more success in the long run.”

ENTITY Academy offers both online programs and in-person collectives. Woz U is the leader in Education-as-a-Service technology training. The Data Science Virtual Academy can help women build a career where they can make a global impact.

About Woz U

Woz U is an Arizona-based digital learning eco-system designed to train, cultivate, and upgrade talent in technology fields to meet the workforce needs of today and the future. Through our Education-as-a-Service model and our proprietary learning experience platform, we offer customizable, career-focused training curricula to help individuals, businesses, and educational institutions meet their goals, achieve their business objectives, and enhance their education offerings. We’re working to close the technology skills gap by elevating human capital and empowering individuals in high-demand technology careers, while adhering to the highest education and business standards.

About ENTITY Academy

ENTITY Academy is a female-focused education company that’s on a mission to rethink the current educational system to focus on career readiness and student employment outcomes. ENTITY first launched in 2016 as a fast-growing women’s media platform, serving as a home for thoughtful dialogue between a new generation of leaders, doers, and tastemakers. Each summer since inception, ENTITY has hosted women from across the country, offering high-touch mentorship and training to fill the skills gap between college and career. These summer mentorship programs paved the way for what is now ENTITY Academy, a full-fledged EdTech company focusing on career preparation, placement, and advancement for women of all ages and backgrounds. We build NextGen leaders. We are #WomenThatDo.

About The Alben Foundation

The Alben Foundation is based in Southern California and was founded by Alex and Susan Alben in 2020 to improve the lives of people by humanizing technology and encouraging diversity in the creation of systems and applications. We value inclusion and diversity in data science; we value transparency and awareness of privacy practices; we value engaging citizens on their digital journeys; and we value collaboration with others who wish to play an integral part in expanding our initiatives. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the brilliant intentions of technology and its impact on humans, and we will do so by piloting programs in the areas of Women in Data SciencePrivacy Education, and Digital Citizenship.