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    Tech Elevator : Feeding the IT Pipeline


    Tech Elevator is a Cleveland-based coding Bootcamp that offers a 14-week immersive program teaching the foundational skills of software development. Two different coding tracks are offered, .NET or Java, which are the most prevalent platforms being used in software development and offering the most job openings. 

    The school operates currently on the second floor of the Health-Tech Corridor’s Baker Electric Building.

    Code.org predicts by 2020 that without intervention the US will see over 1 million software developer positions go unfilled in the US alone.  

    Coding Bootcamps have emerged as an alternative to traditional educational institutions to meet the demand for software developers. Tech Elevator is the brainchild of Anthony Hughes and the founder of JumpStart’s entrepreneurial mentoring program. Anthyony Hughes, who is also  President of Akron-based Software Craftsmanship Guild, plans to graduate over 1500 software developers by 2020.

    Tech Elevator has designed a curriculum which helps students who possess a natural aptitude, but have no prior experience, gain practical skills that make them highly desirable to IT hiring managers.

    Tech Elevator is differentiating itself with its trademarked Pathway Program™ which couples the hard skill development with soft skill development and training to better match students with employers upon graduation. 

    By the Numbers

    Tech Elevator has graduated 27 students in their first two cohorts, 6 and 21 respectively, since launch, and 23 of the 27 are employed as developers. 21% of the graduates accepted positions in the City and increased their annual pay by 95%. Minorities and women combined make up 29.5% of the classes. 85% of the graduates had job offers within 2 weeks of graduation, and increased their average salary of $36,684 to $61,150 as Junior Software Developers.

    Currently, Tech Elevator has 32 students participating in their 3rd cohort, and is projecting to graduate approximately 112 developers in 2016, growing annually to 652 in 2019.