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May 06, 2014 11:12 AM EDT

Capella University Offers New Online Programs For Data Professionals

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Capella University in Minnesota is offering three new online programs for data professionals, school officials announced.

The for-profit university announced new educational options to help address the demand for analytical talent, which is projected to outpace supply by 60 percent in the next few years. They include Bachelor of Science in Information Technology minors in Data Analytics, and Data Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Business minor in Business Intelligence. Capella University (http://www.capella.edu) is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers.

"We've designed the minors to provide a well-rounded, foundational education in data as well as a 'deep dive' into the specific skill areas of the chosen minor," Sue Talley, dean of technology for Capella's School of Business and Technology, said in a statement. "Capella's minors also feature an interactive, collaborative learning environment that blends theory with practical application, including sophisticated software tools they can access from their desktop."

The school's Business Intelligence minor develops the knowledge to locate, collect, conform, analyze, and effectively present key information that will support the development of operational, tactical, and strategic solutions. Students build the skills and knowledge required to leverage their organizations' data assets and warehouses and learn to articulate the story in the data. Capella's Business Intelligence minor-along with relevant work experience-also helps students prepare for the Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) exams.

The Data Analytics minor addresses data analytics process and workflow concepts and activities, with a specific focus on data identification and collection, data cleansing, data conforming, and quality measurement.

The Data Management minor focuses on data governance, architecture, design, and integration, as well as other skills needed to organize and store data so it can be efficiently found and effectively communicated. It was developed in conjunction with the experts who helped create the Data Management Association International (DAMA) Guide to the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) and provides the foundational knowledge required for the Certified Data Management Professional (CMDP) certification offered by DAMA.

School officials said that from these programs students can gain knowledge that will prepare them with the high demand competencies needed to address the nation's skills gap.

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