Hack Reactor Pilots TechHire Initiative with New Orleans Non-Profit Operation Spark

Hack Reactor is embarking on an exciting partnership that will combine the unique power and mobility of our Remote Beta course with the local reach and resources of the New Orleans-based nonprofit, Operation Spark. Operation Spark teaches beginning and intermediate coding to low-income students and young adults. Starting in August, they will host a hybrid course using the curriculum and teaching tools from our immersive, online course. This new course is part of our commitment to TechHire, a federal initiative to bring in-demand skills training to communities across the U.S.

“By teaming up with Hack Reactor, we’re creating a completely unique program that brings the best coding education out there to the people that need it most. This program will turn motivated youth into engineers primed for success in the 21st century economy,” says Operation Spark CEO John Fraboni.

In addition to partnering with Remote Beta, Operation Spark offers a one-month on-ramp course, which will allow students to go from a novice to a full-stack Software Engineer in four months. Due to the huge market for skilled developers, this four-month sequence creates an accelerated path to having highly flexible, marketable skills. This is exactly the sort of arrangement envisioned by the TechHire program, which seeks to fill tens of thousands of jobs by training Americans in new-economy skills. This is Hack Reactor’s latest contribution to this ambitious program, following the launch of partner school Telegraph Academy and the founding of the New Economy Skills Training Association (NESTA).

Students will experience Remote Beta in Operation Spark's New Orleans location to fully prepare for a career as a Software Engineer.

Students will experience Remote Beta in Operation Spark's New Orleans location to fully prepare for a career as a Software Engineer.

"We have worked hard to make Remote Beta as flexible and powerful as it is, and now we are able to integrate with programs like Operation Spark, where the match makes perfect sense for everyone involved, says Hack Reactor Remote Beta Strategist Adrian Khoo.

The Remote Beta course combines pre-recorded lectures with live mentorship, enabling students to customize their experience based on their own needs. The video component allows students to repeat sections of a lecture, or to watch them at double speed. For the first time, this course will be offered in a hybrid form with students using our digital classroom from a physical location (our normal Remote Beta course will continue apace).

Remote Beta mirrors our onsite course in intensity--students are required to be present six days a week for 11 hours a day. With five cohorts already graduated, we have found that students learn at least as well in the digital classroom environment as they do onsite. Having established this proof of concept, we are actively exploring partnerships that bring this unique educational model to more communities. If you or your organization is interested in such a partnership, learn more at our TechHire page.

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