New Western New York Tech Boot Camp: 'A Shining Example of the Power of Diversity'

Written by: Natalie Brophy
Published on: Jun 17, 2022

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Namita Acharya and JahJah Quarles likely would never have crossed paths if they didn't share a common goal of breaking into Buffalo's fast-growing tech industry.

Acharya, a 52-year-old from Williamsville who worked in admissions at the University at Buffalo, and Quarles, a 30-year-old correctional officer who grew up on the East Side of Buffalo, both wanted to learn new skills and were looking for a career change when they heard about Buffalo's Tech Academy Data Analytics Bootcamp.

After 12 weeks of intensive learning, Acharya and Quarles are among the first 19 graduates of the boot camp, a first of its kind in Western New York. Both have jobs lined up that they started at the end of May – Acharya as a data analyst at ACV and Quarles as an enterprise data specialist with M&T Bank. 

Through the program, Acharya, Quarles and their classmates learned the skills to become entry-level data analysts who can transform data into compelling stories and actionable insights to help organizations make informed decisions. It's a skill set in high demand not only in Buffalo but across the country as more and more companies integrate technology and data into their everyday operations.

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