The City of Durham’s Data Academy, managed by Technology Solutions’ Data Analytics Services division, provides training for City and County employees hoping to advance their data analytics skills. Established three years ago, the Data Academy has grown to offer seven in-person trainings and a dozens of online trainings. (Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic our in-person trainings were offered over videoconferencing technologies.)
The in-person trainings are aimed at beginner and intermediate level data users. They include basic data literacy and critical thinking trainings as well as tool specific trainings on Power BI and WebGIS. Our online offerings, delivered through DataCamp, allow high level data users to receive advanced training in a wide array of tools, languages, and methods. Combined, our in-person and online trainings have attracted over 500 (and counting) City and County participants.