Holberton School, which teaches software development with hands-on experience, has opened its second campus in Colombia, and which will join forces with several government agencies.
The expansion of Holberton to Medellín has been good news for the Colombian IT services industry, training people who are now working for the likes of Google and Tesla.
Holberton’s co-founder Sylvain Kalache gave a detailed presentation at Nearshore Americas’ 2018 Nexus conference on how the institute is molding young graduates into budding software developers in a matter of months.
Holberton launched its first Colombian campus in Bogotá, where the region’s popular delivery app Rappi is one of its partners.
Kalache said in a statement that the school will pave the way for Colombia to launch the fourth industrial revolution, enabling talented young people to find jobs in the prospective technology industry.
He also said that the talent pool for the Colombian software services industry is already seeing shortages.
Holberton has put into place an automated system of choosing people for its training program, and does not require students to pay tuition fees upfront.
In many countries across the Americas, aspiring software engineers spend years studying in colleges, with many of them accumulating large debts, while Holberton allows them to pick up the skills in a short period of time and at little expense, according to the company’s website.