This fall, Base 11 kicks off a data analytics course for high school students at two U.S. locations. The course, which lasts the full academic year, will give students the skills to use technology to help solve complex business problems, and develop analytical skills in data-based decision-making and data visualization — skills that are increasingly in demand.

The new curriculum was made possible with a grant from Deloitte Foundation, which supports education through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation and was developed in consultation with University of California, Irvine.

“We believe it’s critical to expose students from diverse backgrounds to the range of opportunities in the fast-growing field of information automation and data analytics at a time in the academic career when it’s still early enough for them to choose computer science as a college major,” says Tonie Leatherberry, President of the Deloitte Foundation. “Our collaboration with Base 11 is an investment in the future — not only the future of these students, but the future of the 21st century workforce.”

At the end of the school year, student teams will present their final capstone project to an audience of their peers, academic leadership, and invited guests.

“What differentiates the Base 11 Data Analytics course is the integration with industry leaders from Deloitte, to create curriculum that is highly relevant to current and future career opportunities in the industry,” says Ingrid Ellerbe, Executive Director of Base 11. “And to encourage students to look at data analytics with an eye toward contemporary issues and data collection tools they use in everyday life.”

The course is also designed to integrate the nationally recognized STEM 2.0 framework, developed by STEMconnector, a consortium of institutions including Base 11 and Deloitte.

The schools piloting the program this year are Cristo Rey Cleveland and Cristo Rey Philadelphia — which previously piloted Base 11’s Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy. Learn more about the STEM Career Accelerator Model that Base 11 and Deloitte established at Cristo Rey Philadelphia to help drive greater student awareness about and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.