ABOUT THE TECH ACADEMY


A NEW APPROACH TO TRAINING IN TECHNOLOGY

The Tech Academy is a code school co-founded by Jack Stanley and Erik Gross. Their program, the Software Developer Boot Camp, can be taken online from anywhere in the world.

Erik has been involved in technology since the 1980s. He worked in the Navy as a nuclear reactor operator and taught classes there in computer science, nuclear physics, advanced mathematics, and other subjects. It was during his tenure in the service that he discovered his love for teaching others.

Several years ago, Erik established his own software development company called Prosper I.T. Consulting. As he began obtaining more and more contracts, he discovered a need for junior-level programmers to assist him on these projects. Erik observed a lack of available talent and so began personally training individuals on the side to work with him.

In 2012, Erik discovered programming boot camps that were beginning to crop up in the California Bay Area. It was then that Erik decided to turn his side activity (of training software developers) into a formal activity; and so “Prosper I.T. Academy” was formed.

Between 2012 and the end of 2013, Erik trained entry-level developers at Prosper I.T. Academy. During that time, the boot camp was basically a tutoring service with small classes. Erik did this simultaneously to software development.

Erik then decided to devote his full attention to the code school and recognized that taking the venture to the next level would take business acumen and managerial experience. He then approached his long-time friend, and seasoned executive, Jack Stanley.

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Tech Academy Co-founders

Jack had experience in running successful companies, and he and Erik had worked together on several successful projects in the past. On top of training and years of exposure in marketing, legal, sales, personnel and the myriad of skills it takes to run a business, Jack also had experience as an educator and in curriculum development (albeit not in the coding realm).

Erik’s and Jack’s skills complemented each other and so, at the end of 2013, Jack and Erik became business partners. For several months Jack and Erik worked to create a curriculum and fully establish the school.

The curriculum Jack and Erik created was contributed to and reviewed by many people, including individuals with degrees in Computer Science. In fact, Professor Brent Wilson is a curriculum advisor of the school.

Jack and Erik surveyed various potential school names and in the beginning of 2014, the name with the most votes won. And so, Prosper I.T. Academy then became “The Tech Academy”.

Since then the school has grown to a small class with four students in Beaverton, Oregon, to what it is today: A successful code school based in downtown Portland with hundreds of students and a program that can be taken online from anywhere in the world.

The Tech Academy’s Mission Statement is:

TO GRADUATE JUNIOR DEVELOPERS THAT EXCEL IN THE BASICS OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND THEREAFTER HAVE SUCCESSFUL CAREERS IN THE I.T. FIELD, AND WHOSE ACTIONS RAISE INDUSTRY STANDARDS AND SURPASS CLIENT EXPECTATIONS.


Here is a video that covers The Tech Academy and its program in detail:


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