Colaberry School Of Data Analytics

“The smartest person can be outdone by someone with the strongest passion to succeed”

-Alex Gibson

We all had a future planned out and an idea of the way life would pan out. Your plan may have been to go to college, military, or a tech school. As many of you know, life rarely goes as planned and I discuss this in a prior blog that discusses the Evolution of Success. I am a huge supporter of getting an education but realize everyone does not feel the same way. I was a first generation college kid and know the struggles that come with trying to complete an education program while working and juggling what life sends your way. Well folks… One of my high school buddies, Ali Muwwakkil, just happens to be leadership at a wonderful school that I believe isn’t getting the attention that it is due. I was so glad when we were able to catch up and to only find there are more of our high school friends that are involved with this operation.

If you have been looking for something that is affordable, offers different ways to gain knowledge around your busy schedule, and a way to gain experience that will always be useful… I hope you will continue reading. Colaberry School of Data Analytics is a school that is ran by people that have been in the field and started a school to assist others. It was started in 2005 and has been thriving since. I spent time this past weekend at this school to see what all the hype was about. I met with the two running the program here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and heard some from the leadership in Boston.

Education Provided

The school offers the students a chance to learn data analytics. Data analytics allows companies to run data based on what is being bought, what times, and what locations is product is being bought at the most. Business Intelligence is also another term that you may hear in reference to this as well. This allows companies to figure out where and how to market to certain areas.

Students are in a classroom setting or in an online setting for about 4 months. They have homework and real life applications. The classes are all taught by people that have been in the field for years and some have come through this program themselves and others have come through other programs and assisted in putting this curriculum together. If students commit to the program fulltime for 4 to 6 months they can complete the program and start to building their future. The program does require a lot of hard work and dedication. The classes are made up of people of diverse backgrounds. They have 40% of students that have a bachelor’s degree and 20% of them have Masters degrees, but have completed the program successfully even with no post high school education. It is taught in a way that anyone can learn this program if you are willing to learn the material.

After the program is completed

As the program gets most of the way through, students are offered an option to complete interview preparation. This area is ran by someone that is a great communicator and has a background in communication. Interview preparation not only focuses on going over ideas of questions that they may be faced with but many other variables. They work with students on body language, revising their resume for this type of field, eye contact, and structured answers. As part of the program, it is not an additional cost. The school offers mock interviews as well. This is a priceless part of the program. As the students come from all walks of life and this is a way to help the students be able to focus on their interview versus just solely on how to prepare on their own. I went to a traditional college and they did not offer this, but wish they would have. As time nears for them to complete their certification, they help place students in jobs. Students can be placed in jobs for six months as contract workers to gain experience and start to meet people and team up with companies in the industry. I was stoked about this as well as that is one of the hardest things for college students is trying to get a job in the industry. In college if you are able to complete and internship, this may not be so rough but many do not have that opportunity. They offer free lifetime ongoing training as things change with the industry. Please reread that sentence… this is something that most people are paying hundreds of dollars per year or over a few years to keep up with the times in their industry. As well as the ability to email their instructors and be a part of Google groups after certification. This allows current students, prior students, and instructors to discuss what other concerns are coming up in the workforce as well as providing the prior student with one more resource. Students are making $60,000-$65,000 a year coming out of the program and are placed with companies that have performance reviews yearly for raises.

If you are wondering as I was, is this something that will be obsolete in a few years. One of the statics I was given was that for every dollar spent on business intelligence a data analyst makes on average $10.00. What a way to put it in perspective.

Cost of the Program

I know this is always a concern for most. Many of us that have completed other programs are still paying off that debit. This program is offered at $1,199.00 and can be paid out over the course of the program. They have set up for payments to be paid via Paypal. They also have scholarships available and during this past weekends event, two people won money off their total price of the program if they decided to enroll for just joining and watching the outreach event for Veterans this past Saturday. Oh and there is no interest on payments. I think I have rarely heard of this with any kind of program that offers a payment plan.

All the students I visited with had similar information to share at different levels of the program. They felt the way the school is set up is in a way that sets them up for success. Many of them heard about it because someone they knew had been through the program and is now in the workforce in this field and grateful for the opportunity. One thing that didn’t change per person was that this program is not easy by any means, but if you use the resources available it is doable and the school offers a lot of support from the teachers and leadership. One student that started the program on Saturday named Wassem Sabri said, “He has no technical or data running experience, but is excited as his cousin has already completed the program and is doing well.” Another student, Mechale McDonald, completed the program a few months back and said she had started programs at Richland and DeVry prior and was ex military. She felt this program truly provided her with the tools and preparation to be able to be competitive in the field. She seemed a little shy and felt that the interview preparation was an additional plus as she had never worked in the field prior. The assistance of job placement was another big point she mentioned as helping streamline the stress of getting out in the field and searching for a position.

If you find yourself wondering if this maybe for you, then I would say take some time to review their information on their site. They have a wealth of information on their site. They discuss community involvement, how to get started, courses offered, FAQs, videos and contacts for questions. The website is http://www.colaberry.com/. Here is what I will say folks, if where you are is not working for you and you are open to working hard for a program that will be paid off within the time of the program as well as a decent salary, check it out. Colaberry can also be reached via Facebook and Twitter.

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F.L.O.W.

I recall a day in January that I fell in love with spoken word. I was at a spoken word event at Ten Eleven Grill for maybe the fifth time and I just found myself indulged in the content. I am not a poet, but loved the way the words spoke to me. These artists are able to connect to you in such a way through their talent. I would find myself in amazement in how the poetry came together and made a story. The poet’s content ranged from Christian poetry to erotic poetry.

MasterPiece

I recall seeing one poet, MasterPiece. She was always polite, stayed smiling, and never let the crowd down with her performances. She is a Dallas native and has had a love for poetry from a young age. This young lady is not only beautiful, but ambitious. She is a mom, a recognized poet, has her own fragrances, she has her poetry in book and cd format. She travels the world currently to perform. She is always dressed to kill in a sexy, but classy outfit with heels.

F.L.O.W

She has started her own event called F.L.O.W., which stands For Love of Words. She has put on this event successfully for over a year now and it brings out a diverse crowd. She not only performs but brings in feature poets from all over the world. The event runs from approximately 8 PM to 11 or midnight. The event is generally sponsored by Universal Purpose. She has a host or two that educate the crowd on the poets prior to their performance. DD Ingram, the host of Fishbowl Radio and Andy Brown, motivational speaker and host of the Online Happy Hour on dfwiradio.com, hosted the event this month. They were in suits, well spoken, and funny as well. They kept the energy going as well between performances. The best part about her shows is that no matter how many times I attend, I have never been disappointed in the talent. The talent ranges from poets, singers, mimes, comedians, dancers, etc. The event is one that most don’t want to miss. She puts on the event once a month and tickets are available online. It is a dress to impress event and tends to have a crowd of gorgeous women and handsome men. Her event offers raffles for free giveaways to the guest. She has a band onsite that plays during intermission, which allows the guest time to get up mix and mingle as well as have time to groove a little. I have spoken to many people during and after these events, I haven’t heard anyone let down to date. The crowd smiles, snaps, hollers REWIND (which is where the poet will repeat that line or verse), and stays very involved in the show. Every time I have been at this event, there are people that are there for the first time. I have only heard praises from the crowd and asking how to find out when and where she will be next or when the next F.L.O.W. will be. She has t-shirts available for purchase at the event and through the web.

The Venue

The event is held at Ten Eleven Grill at 1011 Corinth in Dallas. This location is easily accessed from people coming from all over the DFW area. This venue is a homegrown business ran by the Bryant’s, a wife and husband team. They have a wonderfully friendly staff, a menu that offers multiple options, a bar, valet parking, and an intimate place. Ten Eleven has housed this event for over a year and the event tends to pack the house outf. They have customers that tend to frequent this event throughout the year. They fix all food fresh to order and is flavorful. I personally am not a wing person but love the wings there. They have items from cheese fries, jumbo shrimp, fish combos, and turkey burgers. The food is reasonably priced and comes with plenty of food.

The Band

The band she brings in is named Enfuzion Band. They have a singer that has soul and power and a band that plays an array of music. The songs make you want to get up and move while pending the show to start back. The band is also friendly and mingles with the crowd between sets.

If you missed this event or have missed it, you will want to come out when you can. Her next event is December 20th at the venue listed above and tickets will be available for purchase soon.

You can follow MasterPiece on Facebook, Twitter, at masterpiecepoetry.com, and masterpiece25.bandcamp.com

Hats Off to the Ladies of HardCore Beauty

HardCore Beauty is made up of a team of two women that both offer something different to the team. Bridgette is a stay at home mom and came to Texas due to her husband’s job. She goes by eccentric beauty as she was always the different one in the crowd with a creative spirit and out of the box thinking. In 2010 she started a line of natural hair products and body products. She also manages the Pridgen and Scott agency. Khadijah is in the corporate world and goes by overlooked beauty. She grew up tall and shapely and felt that her beauty was not considered the norm in society and therefore overlooked. She cut her hair off 5 years ago to start her natural hair journey and saw firsthand how some people did not find the appreciation in her natural hair. Overlooked beauty decided to let her voice be heard through blogging about natural hair. The two met and realized they both had a passion to educate people and share their voice about universal love. They are reaching the masses through their show Hardcore Beauty on TMIradio.com on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 2 PM. The show focuses on love for hair, fashion, jobs, health, etc. They hope to continue to pull the community together through their show, blogs, and events.

The ladies first health fair was Saturday, November 8th. The fair was held at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Dallas from 9AM to 2 PM. The location was in the heart of South Dallas and was a prime location in my opinion. What better way to draw people in, but to have it in an area where so many people have access to the location.

The ladies did a wonderful job creating an inviting atmosphere. The area that the fair was held in had music, a slide show, water, coffee, fruit, and multiple vendors. The slide show showed photos of the two hostesses, their logo, and other supporters of their cause. The health fair encompassed a blood drive, a free Zumba class, a dentist, a nurse, a young lady that offered natural hair tips, a young lady with hair wraps, a fitness trainer, and a blogger. The area was open and spacious so you didn’t feel crowded. You had room to walk freely and to visit with the parties that interested you. I had a chance to speak with all vendors and they were all pleasant and ready to share their knowledge with handouts and discussion. Bags with water and other items in it were provided to the visitors. The ladies went around to the vendors and did a clipping with them to show what they were offering at the fair.

The nurse had her blood pressure cuff and was offering to take blood pressure and her handouts discussed blood pressure, diabetes, men cancer, women cancer, and healthy eating. The plethora of information she had to offer was colorful and had stats and warning signs on them, which helped to draw people’s attention to them. They had a room separate to give blood, which is nice as some people have concerns with needles or giving blood and this gave them a sense of privacy.

The hygienist, Adrian, had information on oral care, the imprint of a mouth, toothbrushes and toothpaste to give away. She also brought a prescription stregnth toothpaste and mouthwash that was available for purchase. She had information to give away about gum disease, oral care, and photos to view on oral health. She said their dental office focuses on offering a relaxing office and great customer service as they know some of us have anxiety over visiting the dentist.

The Zumba class was rocking. I have always heard that Zumba can be so much fun depending on the instructor. The instructor was Sarang Douglas and teaches in Arlington. I spoke with her after the class and she mentioned her Zumba style is more of an Afro-Caribbean style of the class. The class brought all races and types of women together for a common goal of wanting to learn something new to get healthy or taking part in something they enjoy. The music for the class was very uplifting and the moves did not make you think about the amount of time it was taking to get through the class. Zumba offers a workout that works your arms, legs, and abs. I saw many women smiling through the class and enjoying themselves. The class offered times of cool down but in such a way that the heart rate would not drop too much. This was definitely a big hit for the audience.

HardCore Beauty had a table with their products on them as well. They had water bottles with their labels, candles made out of signature scents, and t shirts. A raffle was held throughout the fair for giveaways to the guest. The ladies broadcast their show from this location on Saturday as well.

Hats off to these two women!!! They did a superb job of offering an informative but welcoming atmosphere. I love the fact that with the health fair, they not only focused on physical health, but also mental health. Health is so much more than just physical. We definitely want to stay healthy physically, but your mental state is important as well. I know many people say if you look the way you want, you can be mentally balanced as well. I do believe that it does take both for your soul to be at peace and to be able to share your universal love as the ladies focus on. I can speak for most women, if their physical and mental health is inline; their confidence is at an entirely different level. They are more open to trying new things. The mental and physical health of a person can directly impact if a person maybe willing to step out of the box and try to reach other goals as well. I have witnessed more people that were happy with themselves attempt to try and reach goals that were harder to obtain. It all comes down to mindset, which normally stems from how a person feels about themselves. This may not always be true, but just from what I have witnessed.

Thank you to all the people that came out to support and made this event a success for these two beautiful and friendly spirits. Thank you ladies for allowing me to cover such an important event and I look forward to what you ladies will do next.

Don’t forget to tune into their show on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 2 PM by logging onto tmiradio.com