Big Sky Code Academy™ Launches Comprehensive Technology Boot Camps Statewide

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Adult and youth programs ensure a robust talent pipeline for today and for the future of Montana's technology sector.

We are training the technology workforce for today's companies and for entrepreneurs in the future.

America Campaign™ is excited to announce the launch of its newest initiative, the Big Sky Code Academy™. Big Sky Code Academy is a state-wide effort, with classes starting in the summer of 2016, to increase today’s technology talent pipeline while also training the future generations of talent in the state of Montana.

Guided by the vision to train both adults to enter the workforce today as well as youth to pursue academic and professional careers in technology in the future, Montana’s technology sector will be poised for success for generations to come. Big Sky Code Academy provides intensive, accelerated, boot camp style 12 week full-time and 8 month part-time software development and technology training programs.

“As the only technology boot camp in Montana with both full-time and part-time programs, we are creating the opportunity for Montanans to enter the technology workforce without having to quit their current jobs,” said Devin B. Holmes, founder of the Big Sky Code Academy. “By providing the most comprehensive boot camp training program in the state, the Academy can recruit individuals who live in state as well as create the opportunity for Montanans who left the state to come home and pursue high-paying careers in Montana. This approach solves the talent pipeline problem for today’s companies and for technology entrepreneurs in the future.”

Big Sky Code Academy is now accepting applications for part-time classes starting this summer in Bozeman and Missoula as well as applications for their full-time classes starting this fall in Bozeman, Billings and Missoula. A women’s only full time class is also planned for a fall start in Bozeman. Tuition starts at $5,000 with scholarships available for women, veterans and Native Americans as well as financing options for those students who need financial assistance.

Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to pursue high-paying career opportunities with Montana businesses for an attractive return on investment. According to a profile of Montana’s High Tech Industries compiled by the Montana High Tech Alliance in February 2015, high tech and manufacturing wages are twice the median earning per Montana worker.

The Big Sky Code Academy is an initiative of the America Campaign, a national non-profit working to improve the lives of all Americans through technology, education and the arts founded in 2015 by serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Devin B. Holmes. In January 2016, the America Campaign also launched the Montana Code Girls™ program to provide technology training for young women in Montana ages 9 to 19. The goal is to have young women learn how to build mobile apps that address a social problem in their community. The program teaches participants how to write code and also how to create a business plan and solution pitch. Montana Code Girls participants are encouraged to compete in the annual Technovation Challenge, a global technology competition for young women. So far in 2016, 28 young women from Missoula have participated and created 7 different Technovation teams. Montana Code Girls training programs are provided by the Big Sky Code Academy.

Prior to launching the Big Sky Code Academy, Devin founded the America Campaign,® and Warrior Gateway®, a national non-profit that connected the military community with members of its G.I. Network®, a collaborative of over 220,000 trusted and reliable local service organizations, programs, educators and employers.

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