Student Showcase and Industry Meet & Greet: A Huge Success
On November 9th, 2015, the Business Analytics department hosted its second annual Student Showcase Industry Meet and Greet event at WTCC Main Campus. Selected Business Analytics and Global Logistics students shared individual presentations. To view the presentations, click here to view the list of students who presented at the event.
Taking advantage of the online BAS courses, Si was able to complete two certificates, received a raise in pay and was accepted into an MBA program. Si Wong stated that “a lot of the things I learned in the program I was able to apply right into what I was doing everyday at work. It provided me a lot of insights and reinforced what I had learned and what I was doing.”
Click here, to read more about Si Wong student profile.
Kate Pattison is the Director of Grant Projects and Planning at Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) and helped develop and write the Business Analytics (BAS) grant.
Ms. Pattison describes the BAS program as “pretty outstanding.” She believes the program is rigorous and comparable to competitive programs in other schools because it is accelerated and the courses are compressed into short periods of time.
Ms. Pattison utilizes the skills she is learning in her current position as Director of Grants: “you learn some Python and you learn R and you learn SAS. By the time you get into the advanced certificate, you can kinda choose your own adventure.”
Click here to learn more about Kate Pattison and the project she submitted that won her First Place at the Data4Decisions Conference in Raleigh this past March.
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Donald Webb is committed to continuing his pursuit of learning in practical ways by remaining focused on his long range goals, understanding the value of the courses that Business Analytics program currently offers, and his willingness to share his 30+ years of advice both as an educator and student with his fellow classmates.
Click here, to read more about Donald “Don” Webb student profile.
“I think this program, no matter what I did, is the right thing to do.”
Aaron White received his Business Intelligence certificate from the Business Analytics program in Spring 2015. Currently, he is working on his next certificate. The courses he attended, while at Wake Tech, has offered real-time learning experiences in regressions and modeling that has helped him within the political nonprofit organization where he is currently employed.
“I have the international affairs background, but I knew this would enhance by experience and resume. Again, it is something that is becoming increasingly important in my field. I sought this program out — it fits very well with being able to work a pretty demanding job. It’s a flexible program, but also challenging.”
Click here to read more about Aaron White’s profile.
Preparing for his career in analytics, Greg Ganzel has taken full advantage of every opportunity to prepare for his new career pathway. Since his he transitioned to North Carolina in 2013, he has been a full-time student within the Business Analytics program, completed an internship program, enrolled in his last semester and spent countless hours with his professors here at the Western Wake Campus. This doesn’t include all of his special projects that he has contributed countless hours on completing. For example, the Data4Decisions Student Poster competition in March 2015.
“I’ve been really happy about being able to come in to office hours here. I don’t know that anyone has come in more than me. . . Having an actual PhD professor in there for hours for three-four days a week is something you don’t see frequently at the undergraduate level. I’ve been taking advantage of that.”
Alavia Yahya joins us with a degree in biological sciences. She brings with her a solid understanding statistics and how to use information to predict actions and the importance of improving things based on the information that is currently available.
“It’s been a good experience. I would recommend [the BAS program] to anyone who is thinking about whether this is something they may be interested in. This is a good starting point for that.”
Bob Schaaf, is currently seeking a degree in Wake Technical Community College Business Analytics Program while working full-time. He shares his journey as he attends classes, gains valuable programming skills, and learns the value of becoming well versed in understanding the importance and value of data within business and how to strategically intertwine his understanding of analytics with his mastery of logistics. Take a few moments to learn more about Bob and how Wake Tech’s Business Analytics program can help you become ready for a career in analytics.