Local coding school offers free courses to Hoosiers to try coding

Kenzie Academy launches Kenzie Free – a series of free online mini-courses that teach coding 

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INDIANAPOLISMay 1, 2019 – Kenzie Academy, a cutting-edge tech and coding school that is training a new pool of Hoosier talent with the necessary skills needed to launch a rewarding career in technology, today launched Kenzie Free, a tuition-free series of virtual mini-courses in computer programming.

“We are thrilled to launch Kenzie Free and introduce computer programming to students throughout Indiana” said Chok Ooi, CEO at Kenzie Academy. “The tech industry needs more highly-skilled coders to fill thousands of high-paying, in-demand jobs. Kenzie Free helps start that conversation.”

The Kenzie Free platform is housed on the Kenzie Academy website. Courses, created by industry practitioners, are completed at a student’s own pace, in the comfort of their home and require no technical or education background to sign up. Mini-courses last around two to three hours and include HTML and CSS – with a JavaScript course slated for later this month.  

At completion, students have a basic understanding of the programming languages. The courses also help answer three basic questions. First, is coding something I can do? If so, is it something that I think is fun? Lastly, is a career in coding right for me?

“The tech scene in Indianapolis is thriving and, as a result, we are seeing a high demand for qualified Hoosier programmers,” said Ooi. “One question in the minds of prospective Kenzie Academy students is if computer programming is a career where they will excel. Kenzie Free introduces students to programming languages and problem solving which in turn helps determine if a career in the tech industry is worth pursuing.”

If it is, Kenzie Free students can apply for a full-time program at Kenzie Academy in Indianapolis where they will delve deeper into the Software Engineering or UX Engineering curriculum developed by industry experts with prior experience at companies like Google, Zillow and LinkedIn - as well as other leading technology companies.

Although Kenzie Academy is not tuition-free like Kenzie Free, students enrolling in the full-time program have several affordable financing options.

Several scholarships specific to Kenzie Academy are available to students as well as an Earn-and-Learn program, which enables students to earn a paycheck with remote, part-time jobs that fit around their class schedule. Students can expect to pay approximately $24,000 for the program, before any scholarships or aid, which can be covered up-front, in a payment plan or through the unique income share agreement (ISA). With the Kenzie Academy ISA, students are only responsible for $100 upfront and don’t pay any tuition until they land a job earning at least $40k.  

“We understand that finances are often a deterrent behind achieving a skill or education,” said Ooi. “At Kenzie, we deliver an accessible, affordable and high-quality experience to all students – regardless of their financial background.”

Those interested in enrolling in the virtual mini-courses, can start Kenzie Free at any time by visiting https://online.kenzie.academy/.

About Kenzie Academy

Kenzie Academy is an innovative tech and coding school where students can develop the skills and expertise employers want to hire. Through immersive learning and a cutting-edge curriculum adapted in real time by industry professionals, Kenzie Academy delivers project-based training in person or online to prepare students with the skills and professional experience needed for high-demand tech jobs. Based in Indianapolis, Kenzie is paving the way for people from diverse backgrounds to access these opportunities by removing financial barriers and expediting the pathway to a meaningful career. For more information, visit https://www.kenzie.academy/.