Dataquest Launches New Microsoft Power BI Certification Fellowship: Improving Representation in Data

Dataquest Launches Microsoft Power BI Certification Fellowship

“We are delighted to work with Dataquest on these exchanges. By combining Microsoft expertise with the Dataquest interactive learning platform, learners will gain the skills needed to pass the PL-300 exam and prepare for a career in data science. —Geoff Hirsch, Senior Director at Microsoft

Dataquest is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Microsoft to offer 500 scholarships to applicants from underrepresented groups looking to start a career in data.

The scholarship application period runs from April 25 to June 25, 2022 and is open to anyone who is underrepresented in data. Gender, ethnic origin, level of education and income are all axes of diversity that will be taken into consideration.

After completing the Dataquest Power BI training program, recipients will receive a free opportunity to take the PL-300 Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst exam.

A scholarship to improve representation in the field of data

Significant equity gaps exist in data roles.

  • Only 15-22% of all professionals in data science roles were women in 2020 (BCG).
  • Only 5.2% of data scientists were LatinX, and only 1% were African American in 2021 (Zappia).
  • 94% of data scientists had at least a university degree in 2021 (General Assembly).

“My goal when I started Dataquest was to help millions of people get into the data business. As a self-taught data scientist, I know how difficult it can be to get your foot in the door. C That’s why I’m excited to partner with Microsoft – Power BI is a key skill that helps people start new analytics roles Our scholarship initiatives help us further our mission and improve access to education —Vik Paruchuri, Founder of Dataquest

An interactive training initiative

Dataquest and Microsoft have partnered to deliver the first interactive Power BI courses. These courses teach Power BI through a project-based, browser-integrated approach. This prepares learners for applying the skills in the real world, increasing understanding and confidence. After completing the 12-week program, learners will be well-prepared to pass the Microsoft Power BI PL-300 Data Analyst exam and continue advancing their data careers.

Microsoft Power BI is the industry leader in analytics and business intelligence platforms. Proficiency in Power BI is also one of the most common demands in data job descriptions.

“We are very happy to work with Dataquest on these exchanges. This initiative supports our strategy to help every person and every organization on the planet achieve more. By combining Microsoft expertise with the Dataquest interactive learning platform, learners will gain the digital skills needed to pass the PL-300 exam and prepare for a career in data science. —Geoff Hirsch, Principal at Microsoft.

Learn more about the scholarship and how to apply here.

About DataQuest

Dataquest was founded in 2015 to help anyone learn data science and advance their careers. With Dataquest Career Paths, learners get everything they need to start a new job in 3-9 months. Learners can build a portfolio as they progress through the program and earn career path certification by completing a capstone project.

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