The demand for developers and coders is always high, especially here in Bloomington. We have a tech community who has the desire to learn and improve coding skills but no means of a structured program to teach these skills. That is until June 23rd when Bloomington Code School opens!

Bloomington will be one of only a handful of communities in the country to take the challenge of workforce training in the tech industry at a community level. The Bloomington Tech Partnership recently announced Bloomington Code School will teach computer coding skills to Monroe County residents at no cost. Bloomington Code School will offer evening classes led by mentors from local tech companies and will use Treehouse as the curriculum. Treehouse is available to anyone, not just participants in the coding school, who has a valid Monroe County Public Library card at no cost. Graduates of the school are expected to have gained the skills that are in high demand from local tech companies. This is a great way to get ahead of the game when you’re searching for that next great job!

Bloomington Code School is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, along with the hard work of some great partners and local companies:

Bloomington Code School participants can expect some of the first courses to cover Front End Web Development, Web Design, PHP Development and Rails Development.

Interested in this great opportunity to learn, improve, and expand your coding skills? Apply to the Bloomington Code School! Apply!

For more information regarding the program: Bloomington Code School

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Posted by Kacey on June 5, 2014 SproutBox No Comments

PathWrangler announced a new exciting partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association! PathWrangler has a collaborative web tool that makes the trip planning easy for adventurous excursions.  The Adventure Travel Trade Association is delighted to be able to offer the type of software PathWrangler provides as a benefit to their members.

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) was established in 1990 and serves over 900 members across 80 countries. Through their new partnership with PathWrangler, ATTA members will receive a 15% discount on PathWrangler software. This is great for PathWrangler since most of the ATTA members are tour operators, tourism boards, and specialty agents that are involved with adventure tourism.

PathWrangler has been active in the ATTA since 2008. The partnership will provide ATTA members with an entirely cloud-based solution when organizing group adventure travel expeditions and guided tours.

We are really excited for the great opportunities this partnership with provide for both PathWrangler and the ATTA.

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Posted by Kacey on December 12, 2013 SproutBox No Comments

54 hours to develop a company from an idea. Does that sound crazy? Maybe, but it has been done. You could do it by signing up for Startup Weekend Bloomington!

What exactly is Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, biz devs, and startup enthusiasts come together and share their startup ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Startup Weekend is a global event that happens throughout the year. We’re very lucky to have one right here in Bloomington!

Startup Weekend Bloomington will take place November 15th-17th at City Hall-Showers Building. The event kicks off Friday at 5:30pm with a pitch session, followed by team formation, and then it’s time to get to work for the rest of the weekend. Sunday, the event concludes with all teams presenting their final product to a panel of judges.

This is a great way to get your startup idea out in the open, have extra hands, eyes, and minds all working together to make it a reality.

Register now for a great weekend where you could potentially find that co-founder you’ve been searching for, plug-in to the startup scene here in Bloomington, find valuable resources and make great connections, while not worrying about finding a time to eat, because Startup Weekend Bloomington will provide SEVEN meals for you!

When you register use promo code COMMUNITY for $15 off. For all students- email using your .edu address to receive a promo code for $50 off.

Start brainstorming ideas for the next great startup. In the meantime, follow Startup Weekend Bloomington on Twitter and Like them on Facebook for updates and announcements!

We’ll see you next weekend!

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Posted by Kacey on November 11, 2013 SproutBox No Comments