Mills College to Pilot Google’s New Applied Machine Learning Intensive to Prepare Students for Future Workforce

Oakland, CA—November 7, 2018

Mills College is proud to announce that it is the first of five colleges in the nation that will offer a new future-focused pilot program in machine learning in partnership with Google. In this free, 10-week immersion experience, students will learn the fundamentals of machine learning and how it intersects with the computer and data sciences. Mills is the perfect partner to launch this intensive course as we already offer cutting-edge computer and data science education. Now in collaboration with Google, we are taking data science to the next level to better prepare our future workforce.

The field of data science is rapidly growing. Workforce projections show that there isn’t enough new talent to meet increasing demand for these roles, especially in machine learning. In essence, machine learning is when computer scientists provide computers with data and information so that computers learn and think like humans.

“We project that by 2020 the number of positions for data and analytics talent in the United States will increase by 364,000,” states a study by IBM, Burning Glass, and Business-Higher Education Forum.

Google’s Applied Machine Learning Intensive will help college students learn how to use the best available tools to understand data and then solve critical real-world problems. This knowledge can be used across industries—from healthcare to business to investment banking and insurance. There is a growing need for a workforce that understands how to apply machine learning strategically. Students will be immersed in project-based teams dedicated to exploring and solving data problems based on their own professional aspirations.

Participating students will:

  • Work with Google engineers to learn the fundamentals of machine learning.
  • Learn different machine learning tools and models.
  • Develop skills to assess when machine learning is the right solution to a given problem.

“We are delighted to be working with Google on our shared goal of increasing and broadening access to data science and engineering education, which we believe will benefit not just the participants in the program and their employers but also society at large, as they ensure that machine learning is applied in ways that challenge, rather than enforce, existing inequalities, ” said Dr. Ellen Spertus, Kilgore-Snyder Professor of Computer Science at Mills College. Dr. Spertus also praised Google for “providing free room and board to participants, recognizing the difficulties faced by students who do not have outside financial support.”

Google’s Applied Machine Learning Intensive starts in February 2019 at Mills College. Google is accepting applications now for this highly coveted free training. The application deadline is November 18 and only 20 seats are available. Anyone can apply as long as they have completed the prerequisites required by Google. Learn more here.

About Mills College

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women and self-identified women with graduate programs for all genders. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 384 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers and leaders, who take and inspire action. For more information, visit