Homegrown Entrepreneurs Use Passion for Coding to Train Workforce and Fuel Tech Community
Vermont Business Magazine To help meet the dual demands for tech talent and job-based skills training, the founders of Burlington Code Academy (BCA) are rolling out the state’s first 12-week immersive coding bootcamp in June. The founding team of Benny Boas, Alex Horner and Alex Chaffee united their skills and experience in tech and teaching to develop a 12-week intensive coding camp specifically designed to train participants in coding for the job.
“BCA emerged from our shared vision around keeping tech jobs in Vermont, growing tech jobs in Vermont, and providing the critical training without needing to leave Vermont,” said Boas, co-founder of BCA. “Our bootcamp is different from others available locally today in that it is job-based training, meaning our curriculum is based more on practice than theory, and on what employers are looking for in potential employees. Our classroom setting and lessons are matched with 1:1 mentoring, real-world projects, team building exercises and networking opportunities. We are proud and excited about the launch of our first bootcamp, and the possibilities it will bring to the Vermont tech community.”
BCA began forming in June 2017 with the support of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). The BCA team leveraged the services VCET offers, such as a coworking space, access to venture capital, and mentoring to entrepreneurs, and was able to open its own doors at 182 Main St. in Burlington last fall.
“We have had the pleasure of working with, advising and mentoring the BCA team since day 1 when they first came to us with a vision for bringing bootcamps to Burlington,” said David Bradbury, president of VCET. “Between Benny, Alex Horner and Alex Chaffee, they have assembled a great team of experts that each bring unique experiences and talents to the table that will ultimately help nurture our community with a talented workforce.”
The first bootcamp launches on June 4 and runs through August 24, followed by a second session beginning September 17. Space is limited in order to provide an optimal hands-on learning experience, and those interested are encouraged to register early. Participants can expect daily lessons to include classroom lectures, coding practice on front end and back end programming applications, communication and teamwork soft skills training, and coworking onsite at VCET within the Consolidated Communications Hub in downtown Burlington.
Chaffee, Co-Founder and CTO, will be heading instruction for the bootcamp along with the help of local industry experts and additional teaching staff. Chaffee has over 20 years of coding and teaching experience, having trained programming teams at companies large and small, such as Google and Ebay. Co-Founders Horner and Boas oversee operations, admissions, marketing and partnerships.
For more information and to register for the BCA bootcamps, please visit www.burlingtoncodeacademy.com.