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Massasoit Community College Opens Data Science Center

(l -r): Janet Brown-Sederberg, Massasoit computer science professor; Dr. Michael Roggow, dean of Massasoit’s Business & Technology Department; Ray DiPasquale, Massasoit president; James Dunphy; Chris McGowan; and Ann Sullivan, Massasoit Trustee

Brockton, MA – Massasoit Community College is celebrating the opening of the new South Shore Bank Center for Data Science and Analytics. The new center will serve as a resource for the college’s new data science transfer program, providing a dedicated space for the study of data science and the technology resources needed for in-person classes, lectures, student study, and research. The center was made possible by South Shore Bank to make data science study accessible to community college students and to replenish the workforce with new talent.

The South Shore Bank Center for Data Science and Analytics at Massasoit is designed to provide students with state-of-the-art technology to enhance study and student collaboration. It features a new 75-inch interactive touchscreen display and a new 43-inch display panel in the student workshop area. Students will be using the Python language and the IDLE and Anaconda navigator integrated development environments. Students in the data science transfer program will take classes in data science, Python programming language, data visualization, data structures, and algorithms. The center provides the environment and resources for Massasoit students to complete the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in data science, which saves them considerable costs when compared to enrolling in a four-year program.

“South Shore Bank is proud to help provide access to valuable data science and analytics training to Massasoit’s students,” said South Shore Bank CEO James Dunphy. “We are supporting those interested in earning degrees and pursuing careers with opportunity while helping our industry attract the brightest and best-trained workers for the future.”

“The knowledge and experience Massasoit’s students will gain in this classroom are readily transferable to real world use. There’s a need for trained data science and analytics professionals, not only at South Shore Bank, but it’s also a growing field,” added Chris McGowan, chief data and robotics automation officer, South Shore Bank.