Data Analytics Program

Get ready to jumpstart a career with impact. Earn credit while learning in-demand data analytics skills including Excel and Tableau.


Enrollment for Summer 2021 is now open!

Enhance your resume by tackling real-world projects from global companies including:

Our World Runs On Data

Data is everywhere. From helping schools expand equal education access to allowing Silicon Valley startups to make advancements in alternative energy, data continuously transforms our lives.


We want to better equip you – the next generation of changemakers – with the tools and skills needed to successfully interpret the stories data tells and make the bold, data-driven decisions that will better our tomorrow.

Earn Credits & Real-World Skills

Two Courses. Four Credits. One Data Analytics Program.

Course 1: June 1, 2021 – July 2, 2021
Course 2: July 6, 2021 - August 6, 2021

COURSE 1

Intro to Applied Data Analytics with Excel

ENROLLMENT FOR SUMMER 2021 NOW OPEN!

This isn’t your typical intro course. Starting Day 1, you’ll learn how to utilize tools like Excel to analyze real-world datasets and solve real-world problems. Data-driven decision making is the future — be a part of it.


After this course, you’ll:

  • Accelerate your career with in-demand data analytics skills
  • Build your resume with real-world data analytics experience
  • Receive an Excel Specialist Certification & badge for your LinkedIn

PLUS 287

COURSE 2

Data Visualization with Tableau

ENROLLMENT FOR SUMMER 2021 NOW OPEN!

Picking up where Intro left off, you’ll utilize tools like Tableau to become a data storyteller. You will learn to apply key design principles and create digestible and dynamic data visualizations to impact the world around you. 


After this course, you’ll:

  • Accelerate your career with in-demand data visualization skills
  • Build your resume with real-world data visualization experience
  • Receive a Tableau Specialist Certification & badge for your LinkedIn

PLUS 288

How It Works

Take everything you know about online courses and throw it away. Applying the best of both worlds, this program blends the structured familiarity of in-person classes with the ease and convenience of virtual learning, delivering you the tools and resources you need to succeed. Experience high-quality content, engaging group discussions and develop relevant, applicable skills from the moment you log in.

No Tests,
No Quizzes

Flexible,
Online Learning

Interactive,
Online Sessions

One-On-One,
Guided Support

Instead of being graded on learning theories and memorizing formulas, this course will be open-world, where you can use all the resources around you to solve real problems.


Skill Builders and Portfolio Projects will help you apply relevant concepts to real data sets and demonstrate your skills to potential employers.

Whether you prefer to work at your desk at 2 PM or on your couch at 2 AM, our 100% online program gives you the flexibility to learn your way, every day. 


Each week, you’ll complete online modules containing Hollywood-produced Video Lectures and tangible exercises, set to a schedule that works best for you.

Once you’ve tackled the modules on your own, meet with your peers weekly in LiveLab, a virtual classroom conducted over Zoom.


During these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to work with your peers and instructor to deepen your understanding and get additional hands-on practice.

You're going to feel confident and fully supported every step of the way.


If a specific assignment has you stumped, reach out to our 1:1 on-demand Tutoring Center or attend weekly group Study Halls! Need help catching up or have questions? Your dedicated Program Advisor is here to be your personal success coach.

What You'll Learn

Each module in this course is designed to make you career-ready. Using relevant case studies and a learn-by-doing approach, you'll analyze data, translate technical details into business needs, and begin confidently communicating the stories behind the numbers.

Dr. Robert Alvarez

PROFESSOR

Robert Really Loves Data

He'll make you love it, too.

A rare blend of profound, real-world experiences and a passion for upskilling students, Robert will be both your fearless leader and #1 cheerleader throughout the course. By devoting his professional life to studying and using data to champion holistic changes in a wide array of fields, Robert has the industry experience to best prepare you for your future data-driven career.

He’ll also attempt to be funny along the way – we apologize in advance.

Artificial Intelligence advisor at NASA’s Frontier Development Lab

Former Supply Chain
Data Scientist at Intel

Former Professor of Machine Learning & Data Science at Santa Clara University

Rum Judge &
Avid Traveler

I love being able to share my knowledge and passion about data, critical thinking and problem solving with everyone. This class is not a math class. It’s a data class, and we can do so much more by giving students the right tools.

HEY! I'M ANDREW.

Every week, I’ll assist any way I can during our virtual LiveLabs to make sure you’re properly retaining the info from the Video Lectures.

ANDREW
LiveLab Instructor

Personalized Support

Right At Your Fingertips

We know you got this. But for the times you need a helping hand, we’ve compiled a slew of resources to make sure you achieve the best results.

NATALIE HERE!

Missed a class? Having some issues submitting assignments? LMK! Together, we’ll troubleshoot any hiccups that get in the way of you having a smooth learning experience.

NATALIE
Program Advisor

Don't Just Take Our Word For It ...

The lessons taught in this class apply to the real world, and the instructors are passionate about what they're teaching.

SOPHOMORE | History

Great course! One of my favorite courses I've taken in college so far.

SENIOR | Finance

This has been the best class I've taken in college because I felt like I learned something useful for once.

JUNIOR | Comms

It’s such a great class, with understanding teachers that explain things step-by-step and will go the extra mile to help anyone with anything.


Also, the jokes are funny!

JUNIOR | MIS

I must say I ENJOYED this class, and I actually retained knowledge from it.

What I liked most is how practical it is.

FRESHMAN | Poli-Sci

This course has been great! I am already using my data analysis skills for vendor management at a financial institution.

ALUM | Marketing

FAQs

The PLU Data Analytics Program will be offered during the Summer 2021 term from June 1 to August 6.

Class will be broken up into two parts:

  1. The Video Lectures are high-quality, recorded online videos and can be completed any time — day or night — but you will need to stay on track with your PLU peers.

  2. The virtual classrooms, LiveLabs, are twice a week conducted over Zoom video chat with your classmates.
    • LiveLabs for the Summer Term will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. PT

You are required to attend LiveLabs with your classmates.

Twice a week, you will participate in a face-to-face, online session with your instructor and classmates to discuss project work and provide Q&A on previous lectures.

You will have access to an on-demand online tutor, a coach to make sure you stay on track, a peer pod for group work, and weekly live discussions.

No, these courses are designed for all backgrounds and majors. Rather than starting your courses in theory, your courses will start with a focus on real world application, using tools that remove complexity. These courses are not just "open note"; they are "open everything", just like the real world.

These courses will require you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer (Chromebooks and tablets are NOT compatible), stable high-speed internet and a webcam.

  • For Windows, a computer with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or later is required.
  • For Macs, a model from 2009 or newer is required.

You will receive all other course materials and software licensing.

  • For current PLU students, the total cost for the four- (4) credit program is $750/ credit hour .
  • For non-current PLU students, the cost for each two- (2) credit course is $1,350 or $2,250 for the four- (4) credit program.

Yes, visiting students may take the course. After reserving your seat, you'll receive instructions with next steps to complete your visiting student application.

Current PLU students are eligible to receive four (4) credits upon completion of the bootcamp. Consult your program advisor for more details.

Visiting students may be eligible to apply the program to a future PLU degree program. Consult your program advisor for more details.

No, you can attend these courses from anywhere.

The PLU Tech Programs are offered in partnership with Podium Education, the leader in developing online programs that empower universities to prepare students for high-growth careers in the digital economy.

This program is offered through Pacific Lutheran University

Contact the PLU Tech Team at (253) 753-2153.

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