Operation Spark is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that teaches at-risk youth computer software skills. The organization has partnered with a premiere code school out of San Francisco, Hack Reactor, which offers students a computer science degree for the 21st century. The partnership will offer an education model that will help increase technical talent in New Orleans.
Both organizations work to provide software development skills that lead to a career in software development. Hack Reactor has a track record of bringing individuals with no coding experience the the level of full-stack engineer in four months through an immersive training program.
“The partnership with Hack Reactor gives Operation Spark the ability to offer an unprecedented education model to New Orleans youth that will give them the job skills needed to enter into lucrative careers in tech,” says Operation Spark CEO John Fraboni.
Operation Spark is offering students a one-month, 60 hour coding bootcamp to prepare students for Hack Reactor. Entry is free for low-income students through additional partners with workforce development agencies in the area such as the Cowen Institute, Youth Empowerment Project, and Urban League of Greater New Orleans.
“These groups are doing amazing work to re-engage Opportunity Youth and prep students with the grit required to succeed with Operation Spark,” says COO Max Gaudin.