There was a time a single computer used to occupy an entire room, a time soon after that where the uneven, piercing tones of dial-up were an optimistic tune; and now we’re inventing new languages and teaching machines how to learn. It goes without saying that the demand for skilled programmers is higher than ever. Fortunately, there is one company making programming education more accessible for everyone.
LEARN Academy was the first coding school in San Diego. They offer an intensive three-month bootcamp with a guaranteed one-month internship to give students the practical experience they need to score a job. “I want to make sure that they succeed and that I do everything that I can to help them. In addition, I want them to know that they’re coming into a community,” CEO, Chelsea Kaufman said.
Chelsea comes from a background in nonprofits and building education programs for various organizations, while her husband and co-founder, Rob brings in over 20 years of programming experience. “This was the perfect mashup of our skills. We’re one of those couples who always knew we were going to be in business together and we were just waiting for the right opportunity,” Chelsea said.
Next to their three core offerings at the beginner level, committed bootcamp and higher education, LEARN Academy has a second mission, focused on reaching the communities that wouldn’t otherwise see programming as a feasible option. “We want to be able to go into more underserved populations and show them that this is a new opportunity for them – that four months is much different than two or four years,” Chelsea said.
Surprisingly, the average student at LEARN is between the ages of 25 and 35, college-educated and has experienced the workforce. “Often times they aren’t doing what they wanted or aren’t in a career. They come here to shift from working jobs to committing to a career,” Chelsea said. LEARN Academy is on par with the cutting edge in curriculum and technique. “Our teachers are really good at recognizing the group that’s in front of them and shaping the curriculum that they need,” Chelsea said.
LEARN Academy understands programming is not for everyone, but they provide individuals with the tools to test the waters. A career in programming requires commitment and dedication, but a willingness to branch out is the first step in the process.