Holberton New Haven

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Changing the Face of Education, Holberton School Bringing Silicon Valley Skills to Connecticut, Expecting to Double Connecticut Software Engineer Graduates

 

Initiative supported by Comcast, CT Next, District Innovation & Venture Center, Indra and Raj Nooyi, Seedlings Foundation, State of Connecticut, and The Community Foundation

 

 

New Haven, CT, September 4, 2018 — Holberton School, the two-year San Francisco-based college alternative for software engineers, has announced plans with District Innovation and Venture Center (DIVC), a new nonprofit started by District New Haven, to bring the school’s innovative, award-winning software engineering training to Connecticut. This venture will enable Connecticut to double the number of locally-based software engineer graduates in just a few years, bringing experienced, qualified, and diverse talent to the fastest growing field in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor. The school is currently in the approval process to operate in the State of Connecticut with the intention of opening in January 2019.

 

“Connecticut is a leader in innovation, and with the guidance and support of the District Innovation and Venture Center, today’s announcement is another step forward in cultivating the tech workforce talent of tomorrow,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. “Holberton brings a unique, proven learning experience to Connecticut to drive the digital transformation revolution and make Connecticut the place for businesses in the 21st century.”

 

According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, 67 percent of computing jobs are now outside the technology sector and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for software developers alone will increase 24 percent nationally by 2026.   Connecticut’s business landscape includes leaders in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, finance, healthcare, insurance, and education, all now going through digital transformations with a need to hire local, qualified talent to create and execute in order to grow.

 

“Today’s universities need to do more to attract students from all walks of life. Everyone from the post-graduate who hasn’t found fulfillment in their current career, to the high school student who never thought receiving the high-quality education needed to land their dream job — let alone without amassing considerable debt,” said Julien Barbier, co-founder and CEO, Holberton. “With no upfront tuition, a blind admissions process, and an educational method relying on collaboration and self-learning, Holberton is taking a different, more effective path. We are excited to partner with local leadership here in Connecticut to open doors to high-wage software engineering jobs.”

 

“According to the Computing Technology Industry Association, Connecticut’s technology industry contributed $16.2 billion to the state’s economy in 2017. With Holberton’s innovative teaching methods, we can significantly grow that figure and attract more highly-paid STEM jobs,” said Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo and, along with husband Raj, both school supporters. “As companies in traditional industries increasingly rely on software to transform their businesses, Holberton school will be training talented local students to become

world-class software engineers, ready to contribute from their first day on the job.”

 

Holberton School New Haven is in the process of becoming a reality with support from local and regional Connecticut community leaders – among them, District New Haven, the Nooyi family, CT Next, Comcast Business, The Community Foundation Mission Investments Company, Seedlings Foundation, and the State of Connecticut Department of Economic Community and Development. In addition, Holberton School New Haven has already signed on corporate partners iDevices, See Click Fix, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, and Cognizant. Many more have expressed interest in becoming partners to mentor and create jobs for this new generation of students. A recent partnership between Comcast, CTNext, District Innovation and Venture Center and Elm City Innovation Collaborative put resources behind educational programming efforts to enhance District New Haven’s ability to use shared resources and space in a way that moves the New Haven region forward.

 

“A recent tech talent survey issued by the State of Connecticut found that 91 percent of Connecticut corporation respondents admitted it was challenging to locate and hire tech talent. So challenging that they needed to go outside of the state to find the most qualified talent,” said David Salinas, founder and CEO, District Innovation and Venture Center. “Both Holberton School and DIVC have found that this challenge is not reserved solely for Connecticut but is a national issue. We believe that by identifying, engaging and training world-class software engineers regionally we’re providing the tools and innovation necessary to ensure the best talent stays in the local business ecosystem.”

 

Planning to open in January 2019, Holberton New Haven will train world-class software engineers in only two years without charging upfront tuition. Students only pay once they get a job. They will acquire practical skills and an understanding of theory through hands-on learning and development of actual systems and applications with current curriculum developed by the school and a network of mentors and industry leaders. Students from the Holberton San Francisco campus are regularly employed at top-tier employers Apple, NASA, LinkedIn, Facebook, Dropbox, Tesla and more.

 

Holberton has been in operation for nearly three years and recently expanded their San Francisco location to a campus capable of housing up to 1,000 students through a $8.2M series A round of funding. Holberton students have the financial and mentoring support of innovators in industry, professional sports, and entertainment, including Grammy-award winner recording artist NE-YO, New York Jets star lineman Kelvin Beachum; and technology visionaries such as LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Docker founder Solomon Hykes and Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel.

 

The school will not judge applicants by their previous education, work experience, gender or age. The blind application process uses technology to identify smart, motivated people with a will to succeed. Current students’ ages range from 18 to 58 and more than half of the students are people of color, and 35 percent are women.

 

Here’s what others are saying about Holberton.

 

For further information on attending Holberton School New Haven, register to join the open house on November 14, 2018, at District New Haven, 470 James St, New Haven, CT 06513 or go directly to the application.

  

About District Innovation and Venture Center

District Innovation and Venture Center (DIVC), a nonprofit started by District New Haven, creates workforce development and educational programs around technology talent development and provides entrepreneurial support all to improve the outcome of the regions business ecosystem.

 

About Holberton School

With a campus in San Francisco and a new campus pending approval New Haven, CT, Holberton trains software engineers using a revolutionary teaching method based on project-based and peer learning. The college alternative is free until students find a job. Graduates have earned high-impact engineering positions at companies like Apple, Tesla, Facebook and LinkedIn. Students are supported by mentors and investors who are leaders in technology, sports, and entertainment, including Grammy-award winner NE-YO, New York Jets standout Kelvin Beachum; and technology visionaries Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn CEO), Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Docker founder Solomon Hykes and Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel. Go to www.holbertonschool.com to learn more.

 

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Editorial Contacts

Joe Eckert for Holberton School

jeckert@holbertonschool.com

 

Allyson McKenney for District Innovation and Venture Center

allyson@districtnhv.com

 

 

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Holberton In The News

Holberton story, with article excerpts

Holberton is a revolutionary new type of software engineering school that “has no teachers, no lectures, and no tuition” (Fast Company) and “helps inexperienced programmers land jobs at Apple” (CNN). It is not only disrupting the education landscape; it is literally changing the face of Silicon Valley. While the rest of the technology ecosystem struggles with diversity, Holberton students are 40 percent female and 53 percent minority (New York Times).

Our innovative project-based, hands-on educational model is supported by tech leaders Jeff Weiner (CEO of LinkedIn), Jerry Yang (founder of Yahoo!), and Solomon Hykes (founder of Docker). Students learn while tackling relevant real-world projects, supported by tech industry mentors. Our approach works: Holberton graduates land software engineering jobs at the most-competitive tech companies in the world – not just Apple, but also Tesla, LinkedIn, and Facebook – complete with high starting salaries and an incredible network of tech leaders and peers.

Holberton opens up these coveted positions to a diverse set of high-potential students insufficiently served by traditional high schools and colleges and/or lacking the resources to attend pricey prestigious schools. R&B singer Ne-YO is so enthusiastic about our potential to bring more minorities into the tech sector that he joined the board of trustees (Business Insider).

Holberton raises $8M for its full-stack engineering school

by Frederic Lardinois, on April 9, 2018

Everyone deserves a first-rate education. Students at Holberton come from all walks of life, from cashiers to musicians to poker players (as well as right out of high school) without the money, background and education needed to be ‘Ivy League material

and also

forbes

Holberton School Raises $8.2 Million To Expand Its Engineer-Training Program

by Alex Konrad, on April 9, 2018

Peer into the elite technical ranks of companies like Apple, IBM and Tesla, and you’ll find a small but growing group of engineers who come from backgrounds far from the typical recruitment hubs of Stanford or MIT. You wouldn’t tell it from their work. But their résumés would say cashier, barista and Uber driver.

and also

Google and Friends Help Students at This Elite Tech School Defray Costs

by Barb Darrow, on September 25, 2017

Vint Cerf, chief internet evangelist for Google, also known as “the father of the internet” for his work on the internet’s TCP/IP protocol, is a fan of the school and its use of industry internships. The program is impressive and helpful to students and vendor partners alike, Cerf told Fortune in an interview. “In their internships, students end up getting exposed to a pretty broad range of stuff at Google and that helps reinforce why they learned what they learned and why it’s important,” he noted.

and also

Holberton, a Two-Year Tech School, Emphasizes Diversity

by Katie Benner, on June 8, 2017

“The main thing we’re learning is how to learn,” said Ms. Korpar.  

Quotes

After trying a traditional college education, including the traditional mountain of student debt, Holberton gave me my future back,” said Mason Fish, student, now with Docker. “Holberton took me in, didn’t charge me a dime, and gave me not just an education, not just a job, but a roadmap for the rest of my life. They taught me how to learn on my own, something I’ll do forever.

Holberton gave me another path after my goals were no longer served by traditional education, despite leaving me with a mountain of debt,” said Kristen Loyd, 26, of Brentwood, CA. Loyd holds a BA in Liberal and Civic Studies and Education from Saint Mary’s College of California and is a former account relationship manager at an investment firm. “My only challenge was making ends meet until I could find a job and now Accenture has stepped in and relieved me of a great burden, for which I thank them.

Holberton is producing remarkable, Ivy League-caliber graduates, without the costs, the time or the prerequisites. I should know, we hired two of them before they even graduated,” said Weiner, LinkedIn CEO. “Talent is everywhere, but with our education system stuck in a centuries-old training format, many are not even given the chance to try. And a lot of graduates are having a hard time keeping up with the rate of change once they become professionals. Holberton’s education model is attracting students from all walks of life, and is providing them with the skills they need to take on a job after graduation, and more importantly to be able to continually retrain their entire life to take on new opportunities.

The internet has proven to be the great equalizer in many ways, but we need a diverse group of people to ensure it continues to be that. And to do that we need to remove as many barriers as we can for anyone seeking quality education,” said Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, and a ‘father of the internet’ spearheading the grant gifted by Google. “Holberton is enabling students from all walks of life to prepare for future careers, without loans and without debt. And now, Google, Accenture, CloudNOW and Scality are stepping up to help them too.

You’ve got the need — there are a quarter-million job openings for software developers in the US, half a million unfilled jobs that require tech skills, and forecasted growth of more than one million in the next decade, and you’ve got the untapped talent of millions of women and people like me who have not been able to break into the insular tech industry,” said NE-YO. “Holberton is challenging the norms, stretching the boundaries, giving the often disenfranchised a path to a great professional life. Businesses are recognizing this and helping tear down the walls for these students.

I believe that a major key to success in life is the presence of opportunity. Tech is an ever-growing, evolving industry, and I want to assist in opening doors for people across the country,” said NE-YO. “Holberton School is in a unique position to train people of all backgrounds to lead in the digital age. I couldn’t be more excited about Holberton’s mission and model.

From Students

“After trying a traditional college education, including the traditional mountain of student debt, Holberton gave me my future back,” said Mason Fish, student, now with Docker. “Holberton took me in, didn’t charge me a dime, and gave me not just an education, not just a job, but a roadmap for the rest of my life. They taught me how to learn on my own, something I’ll do forever.”

“Holberton gave me another path after my goals were no longer served by traditional education, despite leaving me with a mountain of debt,” said Kristen Loyd, 26, of Brentwood, CA. Loyd holds a BA in Liberal and Civic Studies and Education from Saint Mary’s College of California and is a former account relationship manager at an investment firm. “My only challenge was making ends meet until I could find a job and now Accenture has stepped in and relieved me of a great burden, for which I thank them.”

From industry leaders & celebrities:

“Holberton is producing remarkable, Ivy League-caliber graduates, without the costs, the time or the prerequisites. I should know, we hired two of them before they even graduated,” said Weiner, LinkedIn CEO. “Talent is everywhere, but with our education system stuck in a centuries-old training format, many are not even given the chance to try. And a lot of graduates are having a hard time keeping up with the rate of change once they become professionals. Holberton’s education model is attracting students from all walks of life, and is providing them with the skills they need to take on a job after graduation, and more importantly to be able to continually retrain their entire life to take on new opportunities.”

“The internet has proven to be the great equalizer in many ways, but we need a diverse group of people to ensure it continues to be that. And to do that we need to remove as many barriers as we can for anyone seeking quality education,” said Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, and a ‘father of the internet’ spearheading the grant gifted by Google. “Holberton is enabling students from all walks of life to prepare for future careers, without loans and without debt. And now, Google, Accenture, CloudNOW and Scality are stepping up to help them too.”

“You’ve got the need — there are a quarter-million job openings for software developers in the US, half a million unfilled jobs that require tech skills, and forecasted growth of more than one million in the next decade, and you’ve got the untapped talent of millions of women and people like me who have not been able to break into the insular tech industry,” said NE-YO. “Holberton is challenging the norms, stretching the boundaries, giving the often disenfranchised a path to a great professional life. Businesses are recognizing this and helping tear down the walls for these students.”

“I believe that a major key to success in life is the presence of opportunity. Tech is an ever-growing, evolving industry, and I want to assist in opening doors for people across the country,” said NE-YO. “Holberton School is in a unique position to train people of all backgrounds to lead in the digital age. I couldn’t be more excited about Holberton’s mission and model.”

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