Byte Academy’s Data Science is a profiled program in the Plugging In Report.
Who is served: Adults
Number of participants served annually: 100
Frequency/Duration: Immersives: 14 weeks, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Part-Time: 4–24 weeks, 2 days per week, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Eligibility Criteria: No technical experience necessary
Application process: Completion of a coding challenge and a technical interview is required to assess how students work through problems
Partnerships: Employers help Byte Academy tweak their curriculum to meet hiring needs. Byte Academy has teamed up with schools and universities for events, workshops, and the launch of new initiatives.
Skill level: Advanced
Outcomes: Increased salary, job placement
Sources of funding: Primarily privately funded
What makes this program stand out? Byte Academy was one of the first programs to offer a Python-focused coding bootcamp curriculum and intimate classes with roughly 5 students per instructor. Byte Academy’s small class sizes help create a collaborative, seminar style environment. It also pioneered specializations in FinTech and Blockchain.
Students also receive dedicated career coaching including resume and interview prep to help with job placement.
What do participants need to succeed? Students don’t need to have technical experience before submitting an application. Once admitted, students complete 20 hours of pre work before the first day of class. Byte also has a Python foundations prep course; which students can complete and gain automatic admission into the full-time program. Byte Academy immersive courses demand a major time commitment: during the immersive program, students report spending an additional 20–40 hours per week outside the classroom in addition to the 40 in-class hours.
What does the organization need? Strategize around delivering high quality education at scale. The organization has a need to ensure that the curriculum is always up to date and aligned with industry standards.