Databricks announced on Monday a free global program that gives college students the opportunity to enhance their degrees with classes in data science and machine learning.

Ryan Boyd, head of developer relations at Databricks, said exposing “students to the online tools and cloud platforms that enable highly scalable data science and machine learning,” provides them critical knowledge and experience needed to drive innovation as they join data teams across the global workforce.

The fate of university life in general is under question, as schools grapple with the idea of a full in-person fall semester (and beyond), or a wholly virtual one, driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

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