Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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New Training Program Aims to Ensure All New Yorker Can Access Careers in the City’s Growing Tech Industry

New York – NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop today announced a new program to prepare New Yorkers with limited tech experience for in-demand data analyst jobs. The program, called the Data Analyst Training Accelerator (DATA), is part of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline (TTP) initiative managed by SBS. DATA aims to provide an accessible pathway to data analyst careers for underrepresented New Yorkers, including those who are seeking an alternative to a four-year degree.

This training initiative was designed in partnership with leading New York City-based tech companies to build a qualified, local talent pool to fill in-demand tech jobs. According to Burning Glass Technologies, over the past five years, demand for data analysts in New York City has grown by 50%, and demand for data analysts early in their careers, with 0-2 years of experience, has increased by 112%.

“The City continues to ensure New Yorkers have pathways to access careers in our city’s growing tech ecosystem, which offers over 320,000 jobs across the five boroughs,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “The Data Analyst Training Accelerator program will help underrepresented and low-income New Yorkers access lucrative careers in a growing industry.”

DATA is made possible through over $800,000 in funding from the City and a partnership with Galvanize, who will serve as the training provider. Students will be trained within Galvanize’s unique technology ecosystem and will graduate with in-demand skills in advanced Excel, SQL, Python, and digital marketing-related analytics, as well as career advancement and interview skills. The following nine industry professionals provided their insights to ensure the program’s curriculum is aligned to relevant skills:

  • Alexandra Pappas, Software Engineer, Etsy
  • Brian London, Senior Lead Data Scientist, Seatgeek
  • Cullen O’Neill, Director of Business Intelligence, Vimeo
  • Liz Walton, Vice President of Marketing, Yext
  • Nate Christian, Director of Marketing Analytics and Affiliate Marketing, Vimeo
  • Rita Ku, Chief Intelligence Officer, Rauxa
  • Shelby Ahern, Director of Email Marketing, SmartAsset 
  • Talgat Mussin, Measurement Lead, Google
  • Vishwa Bhuta, Data Scientist (Analytics), Etsy

For more information on DATA, visit .

“We are excited to partner with SBS and New York City on this partnership to fulfill a current need that will only grow in New York,” said Harsh Patel, CEO, Galvanize. “Galvanize is dedicated to closing the skills gap that exists in technology today, and we’re thrilled that the City of New York not only recognizes this need as well, but has dedicated resources toward equipping New Yorkers with the tools they need to participate in the city’s growing technology economy today and in the future.”

“I believe the Data Analyst Training Accelerator (DATA) program will not only uplift underrepresented individuals, but also provide alternatives for those who may not necessarily thrive in a conventional education system,” said Council Member Mark Gjonaj, Small Business Committee Chair. “This is a great opportunity, particularly during this technological era. I am eager to see the talent that unfolds from this program.”

About the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline
Launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is the City's tech Industry Partnership, designed to support the inclusive growth of the NYC tech sector by delivering quality jobs for New Yorkers and qualified talent for the City’s businesses. The Tech Talent Pipeline works with 275 companies, 17 local colleges, and additional public and private partners to define employer needs, develop training and education models to meet these needs, and scale solutions throughout the City, delivering quality talent for the City's businesses and quality jobs for New Yorkers. The NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is a public-private partnership between the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Workforce Funders, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

About NYC Department of Small Business Services’ Industry Partnerships
The NYC Tech Talent Pipeline is one of SBS's five industry partnerships that work with employers, industry and trade organizations, organized labor, non-profits, training providers and educational institutions, private philanthropy, and workforce organizations to build a sustainable and robust pipeline of local talent to fill New York City's jobs, create formal career paths to good jobs, reduce barriers to employment and sustain or increase middle-class jobs. Other industry partnerships include the construction, healthcare, hospitality, and industrial fields.

About the Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
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