SAN FRANCISCO, August 6, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Holberton School, the alternative school based on projects to train the next generation of digital workers, today announced the opening of its first European site: France. This opening brings the total number of Holberton campuses to 13 worldwide, spanning 5 continents and 7 countries. The opening was speeded up because the founders of Holberton, both French, wanted to help their country. The unemployment rate in France has risen to 22% due to COVID-19, and one of the largest schools of software engineers, SUPINFO, is in liquidation.
The co-founder of Holberton, Sylvain Kalache, and the director of operations Julien Cyr are both alumni of SUPINFO, one of the largest schools of software engineers in France. Due to the liquidation of SUPINFO, a thousand students who have already paid for their studies – some of whom have already paid for several years of school before completing them – risk finding themselves suddenly out of school and unable to recover their fees, from September. To support their community, Holberton School France will cover the cost of the first year of their program for any SUPINFO student who wishes to register, making the first year completely free. Holberton has also made an offer to take over the operations of SUPINFO, but whether or not they are selected, the offer of a first year of courses given to the students concerned remains.
“These students experience a negative impact at some point in their lives that will have huge ramifications in determining how successfully they start their careers in the tech industry,” said Sylvain Kalache, Co-Founder and President of Holberton. “As a former SUPINFO student and founder of a software engineering school, it was obvious for me to help.
Holberton offers Silicon Valley-level software engineering training through its one- and two-year full-time programs. Students gain practical skills and an understanding of theory through hands-on, peer-to-peer and project-based learning. The students, who come from all walks of life, have secured engineering jobs with top employers including Apple, Google and Tesla. In addition to helping SUPINFO students, the school also wanted to help people impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic and the resulting unemployment rate. As such, Holberton School France will cover the first year tuition fees – worth € 6,120 – for the first 165 students admitted, ie the equivalent of € 1,000,000 in scholarship.
“We were already thinking of opening in France, but the double problem – the closure of one of the country’s largest software engineering schools and the extremely high unemployment rate of 22% – significantly accelerated our decision to open this campus, ”said Julien Barbier. , Co-founder and CEO of Holberton. “France gave me the means to succeed in my professional career. I love my country and want to help ensure that future software engineers can enjoy the same opportunities and successes that have been beneficial to me.
The first cohort of students from Holberton School France will start on September 7 in synchronization with the 12 other Holberton campuses in 6 additional countries. Applications to Holberton France are open to applicants over the age of 18, from any training or gender. To learn more about enrollment and opportunities at Holberton School, visit www.holbertonschool.fr.
About Holberton School
World-class education should be available to everyone, regardless of their background, gender or ethnicity. This is why Holberton’s alternative university program is free until students find employment. Graduates went on to earn six-figure salaries as engineers at large employers, including Apple, Tesla, NASA, Google and LinkedIn. Holberton trains software engineers in both practical knowledge and theory using project and peer learning. Students learn to become lifelong learners and leaders in their field. Holberton is backed by professional advisors and investors from the technology and entertainment industries, including NE-YO, Grammy Award Winner; actor and social activist Priyanka chopra; renowned author, journalist and educator Esther Wojcicki; and tech visionaries LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, founder of Docker Solomon Hykes, and CEO of Upwork Stephane Kasriel. Holberton has campuses in the United States, Colombia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Mexico. Go to www.holbertonschool.com to learn more.