Testimonials

Joe Keepers
Joe Keepers
This course was a masterpiece. Derek Darves the instructor, quickly brought us to competency with the R programming language. Then he expanded the course by introducing the packages used for analysis and visualization, progressing through introductory use to somewhat elegant and sophisticated programming challenges. Ultimately Derek brought us to a self-sufficiency level for continuing our R education. The course was a pleasure as Derek is clearly an R expert and aficionado weaving many practical tips and historical insights into the lectures. His programming experience, statistical insights and extensions of the course materials gave it a graduate level feel, while never ignoring the fundamental skills being taught. I highly recommend it.
Carlos S.
Carlos S.
I attended NYCDSA 5-week course (5 full-time days, one per week) in 4Q16 as part of my preparation to start the same school bootcamp. This was a great introductory start to learn R due to the comprehensive syllabus and dedicated teacher effort. About the syllabus, you will learn Base R syntax and principal data structures identification and manipulation plus a bunch of other packages (e.g. DPLYR) that will make your life easier when treating data sets. The instructor was a Sr. Data Scientist that really gave us two sides: theoretical and hands-on day-to-day professional experience views. This was very helpful. I found that there're lots of courses out there but most of the times taught by recently-graduated teachers that haven't applied a lot of the syllabus to real-life professional situations. This for me was a plus. The only soft point of the course was that I would have liked to go more deeper into web scrapping, yet it's true this course name is 'data analysis and visualization in R' and not 'Web scrapping using R'. One advice only for prospect students: block your agendas during five weeks since you will need a lot of time to review the materials and deliver exercises, which after all it's not a bad thing as it makes you feel good as you feel you have learned a lot. Highly recommended.
Vinod Shekar
Vinod Shekar
This was a great class that I truly enjoyed attending every Saturday for 5 weeks. The class had a pretty steep learning curve but the slides and the homeworks did a good job of teaching the material. Our instructor, Derek, was an R guru and could answer any question we threw at him. I definitely plan to continue learning R and I can attribute my enthusiasm to having taken this class.
Sandra Barral
Sandra Barral
Great course to get started with R programming. Convenient location in the city, nice classroom mates with very different backgrounds, and an amazing instructor, Derek has an impressive deep knowledge of R and he is a very talented and dynamic teacher Totally recommended to gain beginner understanding of this language.
Ethan Weber
Ethan Weber
In October, I signed up for the 12 week bootcamp which starts in January. They recommended I take this course (free of charge) in preparation for the bootcamp to prepare myself in the language (I'm already comfortable in Python). I'm giving this course 5 stars because, for the format, I think they did a perfect job. The instructor, Derek Darves, was definitely qualified and a nice guy in general. They gave the tools to learn the basics of data analysis, manipulation and visualization.
Bernard Ong
Bernard Ong
AVP, Data Science & Application Architecture
Lincoln Financial
I would highly recommend the NYC Data Science Academy bootcamp. I have been an IT Executive for many years and wanted to supplant and round out my experience with skills in data science and machine learning, as it is my belief that these are one of the most critical technologies of our times. While I did try lots of the online courses, the academy brought a more organized, regimented, and immersive track that allowed me to not only learn and absorb the materials quickly, but also engage in real world projects and applications that would elegantly blend theory and practice.

The quality of both the instructors and course materials is high. It has been an amazing learning experience for me and definitely worth the investment that helped me get to my next stage of career growth. Regardless if you are trying to supplant your post-graduate degree, thinking of doing a career switch to data science, or wanting to supplant your skills, the bootcamp offers that opportunity to push yourself to reach your maximum potential.

That said, this bootcamp requires that you bring your A-game into the arena. This is not an easy course to take, and for good reasons. The bootcamp will stretch you to surpass what you think your limitations are and push you to be at your best at all times. This requires 100% commitment from your part. Anything less will not be good enough. If you fully commit yourself, you will emerge from this course with a renewed sense of passion in this exciting field. If there is one regret, it would be that I should have done this bootcamp sooner.

The job opportunities for data science and machine learning specialists are just amazing. Since getting the certification (even before then), the contacts and network I have made in the data science community have accelerated at a rapid pace. The reachout from recruiters have also increased significantly. The demand for data scientists continues to climb. In hindsight, it was a great decision for me to have made the jump to go through the bootcamp, as I am now working on numerous opportunities that allow me to be more creative and innovative.

The academy is managed and run by an amazing team of people who have helped me through the many months of learning and growth. They have been such a strong support system for me as I take the next journey through my career as a Data Scientist. The academy has also opened my eyes to so many wonderful experiences and allowed me to validate the opportunities and potential of this exciting field I am in. I have learned so much and the real skills I have acquired will be of tremendous value as I embark on pursuing my passions.

As the saying goes... "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." I pursued mine and living it, now it's up to you to pursue yours.