Data Analytics – Certificate
Data is the best weapon against climate change
With a renewed emphasis on combating global climate change, the data analytics field is expected to grow at a rate of 20% over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Much of the climate change research and mitigation strategies rely on adequate and accurate data and data interpretation. Climate change is the biggest threat facing the planet for current and future generations. Climate change impacts everything from marine biology to food systems to human health. One of the most powerful tools in the fight against climate change is data. Data Analytics uses a variety of tools — from machine learning to data visualization — to present an accurate picture of the current health of the planet and predict the future.
In addition to the certificate program at the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions, we also offer a full Associate of Applied Science in Data Analytics. Both our Data Analytics programs are unique in Maine – delivered in a highly flexible (HyFlex) format, leveraging both live in-person and online options, from our brand-new high-tech classrooms in New Gloucester, Maine.
How you will learn
We at TIEP believe that we have taken all the best features of in-person learning and combined them with the best parts of online learning to create an innovative experience designed to meet the needs of a modern learner. Our brand new HyFlex classrooms are located at the Unity College campus on Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. 100% of the courses taught at TIEP are leveraging the HyFlex model designed for busy learners. In a HyFlex class, all courses start with an “in-person” class where you decide if you are attending face-to-face or virtually. These live classes, supported with cutting-edge technology, enable learners to ask questions (live or in chat), participate in classroom discussions and group work, as well as participate in “hands-on” labs and projects. Flexibility doesn’t end there; our state-of-the-art video recording and curating technology means that even if you must miss class (life happens) you can log in on your time and see what you missed. If you are struggling to grasp a particular subject being discussed in class, simply go back on your own time and re-watch. After viewing the recording, questions may come up; for this our subject matter experts (or professors) are there to help you get answers through both virtual and in-person support hours.
What (competencies) you learn
One of our guiding principles is that knowledge is what learners gain from the materials presented in the course, but competency is the ability to apply that knowledge through a task in a simulated work setting. A competency is a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Below are a few of the many program competencies outlined within both the Data Analytics certificate and degree programs.
- Articulate the connection between data and the environmental professions and the importance of data in the field
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically in making decisions based on data and deep analytics
- Demonstrate the ability to use data analysis tools such as Python, APIs, JSON, Numpy, MathPlotLib, Beautiful Soup, and more
- Visualize data into graphics using packages such as Tableau
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate the result of the data analysis to relevant stakeholders
- Organize and retrieve data using tools such as MongoDB, SQL, Postgre SQL
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this an online program?
Yes and no because it’s up to you. Classes are taught on a specific day and time like a traditional course, but students are free to attend in-person or online from wherever they are. Learners, who cannot attend a particular class in person because of work, childcare, or life can access the LIVE course they missed online once the class ends. Every course will have virtual “drop-in” times for learners to get help from a content expert. Often the content expert is the faculty member teaching the course.
How and where will I study?
Our classrooms are located at our brand-new building at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, with classes happening in real-time (synchronous), either in person or online. Since all our courses are taught from campus you are attending a live class regardless of your location and will be able to ask questions, participate in discussions, engage with classmates, and experience learning in the labs.
Do I have to come to the classroom at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine to attend?
No, but you’re always welcome. Some learners may opt to attend every class in person and others may never step foot on campus and both are okay! The Technical Institute is designed with this premise in mind and all our learners received a high-quality education regardless of location. You should, however, plan to attend as many classes as possible during course times, as the classes are taught in real-time (synchronously) and have an expectation of participation unlike “fully online” programs.
How much does it cost?
Our cost per credit is $250, we have no additional fees! Even at this price, most learners are eligible for Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Learn more about Paying for College.
How many classes do I need to take to get Financial Aid?
Our classes start every five weeks, so learners only need to take one class to be eligible for financial aid, but some learners may opt to accelerate their study and take two courses at a time.
- How do I find out if I’m eligible for Financial Aid?
Do I have to take classes all eight terms a year?
No, you can stop out for two terms at a time and still complete your degree. It will just take you longer to do so. Many students find it helpful to take a term or two off for work, vacation, care for a family member, or just take a well-deserved break. We built the Technical Institute with your needs in mind.
- When do classes start?
What if I just want to take a class, is that an option?
Of course! Maybe you just want to dip your toe back into school, looking for a refresher, or are just interested in a course, you are welcome here. Your Career Coach will understand your needs and make sure you get what you need without having to enroll as a full-time learner.
What am I going to learn?
The competencies and skills needed to be prepared and career ready, when entering or progressing in your industry.
How many hours a day do I need to spend in class and studying?
Learners on average spend 1-2 hours outside of the class reading, studying, or doing homework for every hour they spend in a course.
How do I apply?
As we prepare for our launch in Spring 2022, we have opened our inquiry form. Please fill out this form to add your name to our contact list and be the first to receive updates and be notified when our official application is launched. We also recommend all learners submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at FAFSA.ed.gov. Applying will be easy, free, and accessible from almost any device once made available.
How long does it take to graduate?
The Associate degrees and Certificates are flexible meaning that you can “graduate” with a certificate in as little as 6 months but also go at a slower pace and spread your degree over a few years. There is no one size fits all and our career coaches work with you to ensure your path meets your needs and timeline. On average associate degrees take about two years and a certificate about one year to complete.