When Harrison College closed its doors last Friday, September 14th with very little warning, more than 1,300 students were displaced at the school’s nine campuses across Indiana, with three campuses in downtown Indianapolis alone. Kenzie Academy, an education and apprenticeship program with its first campus in Indianapolis, is offering to come to the rescue.
This week, Kenzie announced it has raised a $4.2 million seed round led by ReThink Education, with participation from LearnStart, Gratitude Railroad, Kelly Services’ Innovation Fund, and Butler University. Matt Greenfield, managing partner at ReThink Education, will also join the Kenzie Academy board.
Indianapolis-based tech apprenticeship academy Kenzie Academy announced today that it has raised $4.2 million in seed funding. The funding was led by existing investor, edtech VC firm ReThink Ventures. Butler University, also located in Indianapolis, joined the round.
Tech Training and Apprenticeship Startup Kenzie Academy Raises $4.2M
Kenzie Academy, a tech training and apprenticeship program, wants to usher in a new era of skills training programs—and has raised a $4.2 million seed round to attempt to so. Kenzie has also teamed up with Butler University, which is an investor in Kenzie. As part of the partnership, students who complete Kenzie Academy’s front-end web development, full-stack web development, and software engineering programs will receive a joint certificate from Kenzie Academy and Butler Executive Education.
Kenzie Academy scores $4.2 million, plans to expand school
Tech apprenticeship and coding school Kenzie Academy on Wednesday announced it has secured $4.2 million in seed funding—money it plans to use to expand its tech-focused educational offerings and grow its enrollment dramatically. Kenzie Academy’s college-alternative model combines one year of immersive learning with one year of paid work in Kenzie Studio, the company’s tech-consulting subsidiary. Since its opening here, Kenzie has offered training in software engineering, but this fall also will begin offering “intensive” course work in digital marketing and user experience—UX—design.
Butler University and Kenzie Academy announces partnership to offer joint-certificates for Kenzie students in the software development programs.
Kenzie Academy partners with Nextech’s Catapult program to offer summer design thinking and software development training to students from various Indianapolis high schools, developing future tech workers for the State of Indiana.
Indianapolis-based Kenzie Academy is working with Purdue Polytechnic High School on high-tech skills training.Purdue Polytechnic Head of School Scott Bess discussed working with Kenzie Institute on a summer coding initiative. He says their philosophies line up well. "(When) Kenzie announced that they were coming to town and with the philosophy they had on real-world problems, starting with the projects, but also the idea that it was all competency-based and not necessarily just a prescribed classroom basis, we knew these were people we wanted to partner with," Bess said.
A new college alternative in Indiana aims to bring tech education and fill jobs in the Midwest.
Kenzie Academy is housed in a downtown coworking space, and offers courses on software development, design and marketing.
The school’s founder, Chok Ooi, says the school works to train students in practical skills and match them with employers.