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Python instructor Dr Jin Yao

Dr. Jin Yao Uses Python and Data Analysis to Support Decisions Impacting Johnson County Government Resources

March 9, 2022

5 Questions With Dr. Jin Yao, a senior data analyst with the government of Johnson County, Kansas, who teaches Python Boot Camp.

Demand Remains Strong for Project Managers. Here’s How to Prepare For a Project Management Career.

March 8, 2022

UMKC TalentLink commissioned research on professional development and learning among large employers and executives in the Kansas City region. Findings indicated that project management and data analytics are two of the top priorities that people seek to develop career skills.

Dr. Alex Francisco leads data analysis courses for UMKC TalentLink

5 Questions With Dr. Alex Francisco, Instructor of Introduction to Data Analytics

February 24, 2022

Demand for data analysts isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Hiring of data analysts and operations analysts is projected to grow 25 percent through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts play a vital role in banking, insurance, healthcare, and industries that rely on data to forecast growth and interpret trends.

Tuan Tran

Gaining Data Analytics Skills Helped Tuan Tran Earn Promotion

February 16, 2022

Work experience alone isn’t always enough to advance your career in a changing industry. Tuan Tran has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for nearly twelve years. He knew he needed to acquire data analysis skills as part of his professional growth. Tran earned a promotion to a data analyst position on the operations team at his employer after completing several courses at UMKC.

Professional Development Improves Employee Retention. Here’s Why.

February 14, 2022

Companies continue to struggle with hiring and retaining quality employees during the Great Resignation. More than ever, retaining employees is critical for companies to maintain smooth operations, stay competitive, and plan for growth. UMKC TalentLink provides professional development that helps business invest in their people and retain employees. It’s a critical strategy for a challenging time.

UMKC TalentLink executive director Jake Akehurst at Greater KC Veterans Career Fair

In The Community – Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair

February 8, 2022

UMKC TalentLink and UMKC Student Veteran Support Services attended the Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair on February 4, 2022, at Union Station. We met with a wide range of veterans and service members from the region.

Dr. Alex Francisco leads data analysis courses for UMKC TalentLink

Dr. Alex Francisco Leads Introduction to Data Analytics

February 2, 2022

Real-world experience meets practical knowledge in the upcoming course Introduction to Data Analytics. Dr. Alex Francisco (PhD, University of Missouri Kansas City), senior population health scientist and statistician at the Kansas City Health Department, leads the non-degree course.

UMKC TalentLink

Visit UMKC TalentLink at Fifth Annual Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair

February 1, 2022

UMKC TalentLink is a proud co-sponsor of the 5th Annual Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair on Friday, February 4, 1-4 pm, located at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.