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The Virginia Tech Roanoke Center presents a Data Analytics short course designed by Tarun Sen, Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus of Accounting Information Systems. The course is offered as a hybrid (in-person and online) to those in the Roanoke area or offered fully via the Zoom platform online to anyone, anywhere. Data Analytics consists of six modules that take a deep dive into Python, data management, predictive analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, clustering methods and big data. We will focus on applications of these concepts and complete hands-on course project.

Matt Ratliff
Software Engineer & Data Science Practitioner,
Senior Consultant, Excella

Reza Barkhi
Professor and Department Head,
Accounting & Information Systems, Virginia Tech

Ali Habibnia
Assistant Professor,
Department of Economics, Virginia Tech

Dewey Houck
Vice President & Chief Data Analytics Officer (retired), Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Python - Pre-session:  Friday, Mar. 6th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Module 1:  Data Management - Friday & Saturday, Mar. 13-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Review Session:  Saturday, Mar. 28 – 9-11 a.m. [online]

Module 2:  Predictive Analytics - Friday & Saturday, Apr. 17-18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Review Session:  Saturday, Apr. 25, 9-11 a.m. [online]
Project Review Session:  Saturday, May 2, 9-11 a.m. [online]

Module 3:  Machine Learning and AI - Friday & Saturday, May 15-16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Review Session:  Saturday, May 30, 9-11 a.m. [online]
Project I (Predictive Analytics) due:  Sunday, May 31


Module 4:  Classification and Clustering - Friday & Saturday, June 19-20 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Review Session:  Saturday, June 27, 9-11 a.m. [online]
Project Review Session:  Saturday, July 11, 9-11 a.m. [online]


Module 5:  Big Data - Friday & Saturday, July 17-18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Review Session:  Saturday, July 25, 9-11 a.m. [online]
Project II (Machine Learning) due:  Friday, July 31
Capstone Review Session:  Saturday, Aug. 1, 9-11 a.m. [online]

Module 6:  Machine Learning and AI Applications - Friday & Saturday, Aug. 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]
Capstone Review Session:  Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [online]

Final Capstone Project Presentations:  Saturday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. [hybrid]

  • Anyone who wants to get into the Data Analytics field
  • Anyone already in Data Analytics who wants to advance their career and keep up with current knowledge trends
  • Anyone who wants to build their portfolio, giving future employers a tangible example of skills
  • Virginia Tech certificate for completion of the Data Analytics short course, with Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Hands-on, practical experience for use in the career world
  • Portfolio-building projects
  • Emerging technology knowledge in the industry, including predictive analytics, machine learning, AI, Python and more!

A similar program was implemented in Newport News. See the video below to hear what Tarun Sen has to say about the importance of data analytics knowledge.

Exploring Blockchain is a two-hour interactive online Zoom workshop. Come take a look at the economic, business and social implications of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.



Taught by David Bieri, Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics at Virginia Tech, the webinar will examine the basics of blockchain, along with the potential for blockchain to improve business and government operations. We'll focus on applications such as

  • finance
  • social media
  • voting mechanisms
  • digital identity

Looking at blockchain at a practical level, you will be able to learn how blockchain can benefit you and your organization. You can attend this webinar from the comfort of your own home or office.



Blockchain is the technology we are on track to use for digital identity security and more. Learn about it now to be ahead of the curve.


Makerspaces are gaining traction as an environment that challenges students to create and learn through hands-on, personalized experiences.  Join us for a highly-interactive two-day workshop where you'll learn how to plan, deploy and evaluate a makerspace and how collaborations enrich learning and extend it beyond your space.

Join us in the summer for a Cyber & Robotics Summer Camp! Camp participants will explore programming, cybersecurity, cryptography and robotics.