ILLINOIS REBOOT 2.0: Python Project Course

Illinois Reboot

Illinois Reboot 2.0: Python Project Course

The University of Illinois Research Park, University of Illinois School of Information Sciences and American Family Insurance have partnered together for Illinois Reboot 2.0: Python Project Course, which will run in winter 2022.

This FREE technical training course is an extension of Illinois Reboot: A Coding Pre-Academy. Reboot 2.0 expects to take past Illinois Reboot participants and provide them more advanced programming instruction and project work in Python.

All Reboot 2.0 participants will be expected to complete their own programming project related to data processing. This individual project will give participants valuable experience working with data sets, which can be highlighted to potential employers while aspiring to transition into a data science career.

Reboot 2.0 will be taught primarily by Elizabeth Wickes, Lecturer in the University of Illinois iSchool. Wickes developed the class curriculum and has been national recognized for her community and educational work in teaching Python.

Illinois Reboot was developed to encourage a more diverse and inclusive tech community in Central Illinois, and benefit those who have been adversely affected by the economic factors of COVID-19. Women, people of color, veterans, and others who are underrepresented in the tech sector are particularly encouraged to apply.

If you have questions about Reboot 2.0, please email Emily Neal at ewick@illinois.edu.

Reboot 2.0 Application Process

Applications for Reboot 2.0 are now open, and will be accepted through Dec. 20, 2021. Participants will be notified in early January 2022 of their acceptance into the program.

It is not a requirement for Reboot 2.0 applicants to have completed a previous Reboot training cohort. However, an understanding of Python and an aptitude for programming must be demonstrated in the application.

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Program Schedule

Reboot 2.0 will begin on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 and run until Wednesday, April 6, 2022. All classes will be held virtually via Zoom, on Mondays and Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. CT. Note that there will be no classes on March 14 and 16 due to University of Illinois Spring Break.

  • Monday evening sessions will consist of live instruction with technical demonstrations.
  • Wednesday evenings will be project work sessions, with a teaching assistant available to assist participants with challenges related to their individual data project.

Minimum Tech Requirements

Participants must have access to:

  • Internet-capable computer with a major operating system. Tablets, phones, and Chromebooks are not feasible for the training.
  • Reliable WiFi connection. The EnterpriseWorks incubator will also be an option for onsite use for participants who need dedicated internet.
  • Ability to download and install software in advance.
  • Must have technical aptitude and previous experience in Python.