About Level Education from Northeastern University

Level is a bootcamp created by New Ventures, a Northeastern University incubator whose

primary goal is to develop new business ideas, revenue streams, and educational models

to promote industry-aligned and experiential learning opportunities. New Ventures

realized the need to provide training for data analytics programming after noting that

the number of job openings including the phrase “data analytics” had increased by 372%

since 2011. Level is designed as a two-month, full-time program where students can

learn high-tech skills in a high-demand industry from a major research university with

numerous employer partnerships. Students choose from various levels including “Level

Set,” an introductory program on data analytics; “Level Core,” which builds intermediate

skills in programming languages; and a “Focused” offering in development, specializing

in Marketing Analytics. Students finish the program by partnering with an employer on a

capstone project to apply their skills in real-world situations.

Northeastern’s Level bootcamp started in October 2015 as a non-credit, 9am–5pm,

in-person program that graduated 12 students in December 2015. Less than a year later, it

offered data analytics programming in a blended format in four cities across the country,

including Charlotte, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and had graduated over 100

students. Level is continuing to develop bootcamps in cloud computing, internet of things,

and entrepreneurship. By spring 2017, Level graduates will be able to articulate their

coursework into credits toward a Bachelor’s or graduate degree at Northeastern.

Northeastern’s Level bootcamp is one of the first bootcamps created by a traditional

four-year institution that focus specifically on the broader field of data analytics rather than

data science and is not part of a partnership with a stand-alone coding bootcamp. The

rapid growth and continued expansion of their program is largely due to the deliberate

decision to place New Ventures within the University’s Global Network, providing the New

Ventures staff with autonomy to make quick decisions, but housed close enough to the

university to leverage its prestige, partnerships, and physical spaces.

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