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Teaching Digital Economy Skills

Published Wednesday Jul 22, 2020

Teaching Digital Economy Skills

With more people working from home and thinking about ways to become a more valuable and efficient employee, Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth will be offering a suite of new foundational courses for the digital economy.

“This is a great opportunity to recession-proof yourself,” says instructor Nicholas Marcus, who will teach people to become proficient with a new easy-to-use data software program. “If you are working from home or on quarantine, this is a chance to get relevant skills so you will come out of this, or any downturn, with a complementary skillset that will help you meet the demand of the job market going forward.”

Marcus will teach three successive non-credit online courses, beginning in September, on the use of the data visualization software Tableau, a program that many companies are using to help understand and present data in visual formats. The course is designed for people who are already employed and seeking to add to their skills to make themselves more valuable to their employer, as well as those who simply want to learn how to use and present data effectively, for any purpose.

Many data programs require a high level of skill to operate effectively. While some companies invest in statisticians and mathematicians to process data, others are investing in software like Tableau and recruiting people who know how to master it. 

Marcus describes the software as transformative. “The visual storytelling ability of Tableau is unsurpassed,” he said. “Individuals who can help organizations see new relationships between different aspects of their business and make good decisions based on those key insights will be more valuable than ever.”

By some estimates, the world will generate 50 times more data in 2020 than in 2011. Within that data are opportunities for businesses who know how to use it, Marcus says.

Great Bay’s Business and Training Center will offer the courses in Tableau, with discounts for those who sign up for all three. All will be taught remotely, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

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