One Boot Camp, Two Passions, and Two Promotions Later — Here’s Roger Albarran’s Story
Before Roger Albarran enrolled in University of Arizona Data Analytics Boot Camp, he took a moment to check in with his wife and make sure she was on board. “They ask if you can commit to twenty hours a week when you’re signing up,” said Roger. “That was a big decision. Twenty hours is pretty much like another part-time job.”
After thinking about it for a while, and imagining all the opportunities that could be around the corner, they decided Roger should go for it. Today, after earning his second promotion since completing the program, he can happily say the decision paid off. Here’s how Roger’s dedication to his family and a passion for higher education led him to the boot camp — and everything that followed.
Finding inspiration in a long-time passion
Roger had several years of experience working in higher education upon joining the boot camp. He had previously worked at Grand Canyon University and, afterward, as a clinical placement coordinator at United States University. In this position, Roger helped healthcare students find clinical experiences, and he eventually began working on a database project. As he assumed additional responsibilities involving data, he was eager to learn more. “I started looking for courses I could take and started doing a lot of research into what would prepare me the best,” he said.
Eventually, Roger’s research led him to the boot camp, where his background working at universities came in handy during one of the class projects. He and his teammates created an interactive map for graduate school rankings, blending data from U.S. World News & Reports’ rankings with Google Maps.
Providing his family and university students with a brighter future
Around the same time, Roger received a promotion to an affiliate coordinator position at the university, where he developed the user experience (UX) of the database. Less than a year after completing the boot camp, he received another promotion to field experience manager — an accomplishment he credits to skills learned in the boot camp.
“It’s a really young team and they needed someone that could leverage data to help us grow,” he said. “My background and experience was really able to help me out and separate me from the other candidates.”
Roger doesn’t plan to let his passion for higher education stop here. He currently serves on a committee that looks at student retention, analyzing data for insights that may help university students succeed academically — even when they have other responsibilities that make it difficult to focus on their studies.
“I know how challenging it is to balance your commitments and your family. But at the same time, you’re making the commitment to study each week to give you and your family a better life,” said Roger.
He navigated this balancing act firsthand while in the boot camp — managing his full-time job, completing assignments, and raising a family. For others in similar circumstances, Roger has some advice: “I would definitely recommend including your loved ones, or your support system, in the boot camp experience. They’re going to be as much a part of it. It’s their success, it’s their accomplishment, as well.”