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Interapt Skills To Train High School Seniors in Coding, Entrepreneurship, Before Graduation

Innovative program brings business, education and philanthropy together to prepare students for technology careers

LOUISVILLE, KY, November 17,  2017 – Interapt, an innovation and software development firm in Louisville, and Transform Education Kentucky, a nonprofit focused on innovating in education, announced today that they are accepting applications for a training program called Interapt Skills, which is scheduled to begin on January 8, 2017.

Interapt Skills is an intensive education program, which has been adapted for high school seniors to develop digital, business, and life skills that can set them on a path to a successful career in technology.

Students from three districts are eligible to apply to the program:  Jefferson County, Eminence Independent, and Shelby County. The districts will be providing transportation to the program, which will be held in Louisville Monday through Friday.

“In their final semester of high school, students will learn fundamental coding skills for Apple and Android mobile apps. These are valuable skills that will not only prepare them for a potential career path as a software developer, but also introduce them to multiple career paths within the software development life cycle,” said Ankur Gopal, founder and CEO of Interapt. “We believe our immersive and industry-centric training can help address our country’s technology skills gap, while simultaneously creating skills, jobs, and new opportunity for students and companies in our Commonwealth. Those that complete the program will be extremely well prepared to enter into a 2-year degree, a 4 year degree, or an apprenticeship program; leading to a job.”

Interapt is a Registered Apprenticeship Program with the United States Department of Labor and the State Of Kentucky Department of Labor. Earlier this year, Interapt used its specialized training program to successfully train and place 35 Eastern Kentuckians in technology careers. Average salaries of those individuals went from $17,000 to $40,000 per year. Some also went on to continue their education at 2-year and 4-year colleges.  “Our team took on a very hard task in Eastern Kentucky, and positively changed a lot of lives in the process. We learned a lot during our initial pilot in Paintsville, and have taken those lessons and used the feedback to improve our program. We found great value and impact in work we were doing, and are very pleased to expand it throughout Kentucky.”

“This program won’t be easy,” said Alex Hughes, a graduate of Interapt’s Eastern Kentucky program. “It will take great persistence and dedication. Sometimes you might struggle to keep up, but there will be mentors to support you and help you stay on track. At the end of the program, you’ll be ahead of many of your peers and on track to fill one of these critical positions.”

Barbara Bellissimo, CEO of Transform Education Kentucky said, “By the year 2020, there will be over 10,000 open technology jobs in the Louisville metro area. Many businesses are already struggling to find skilled software developers. That is why we are teaming with local investors, schools, and businesses to provide this training free of charge to students who could land a job in just a few months. By starting them on a path to fill positions needed by local business, we improve business, keep taxpayers local, and most importantly set students up for a viable career.”

Students should complete their applications online by November 30, 2017 at www.InteraptSkills.com.

About Interapt, LLC

Interapt, LLC is an award-winning technology firm that delivers Innovation and Opportunity as a Service, with a focus on workforce engagement and social impact through technology skills training and mobile software development. For more information, visit www.interapt.com.

About Transform Education Kentucky

Transform Education Kentucky transforms education by identifying and piloting innovations. They do this by: connecting innovators and capital and evaluating ROI; providing support to scale innovations; and creating opportunities for collaboration and learning among stakeholders. Find out more at www.transformedky.org.

The Fund receives grant to explore innovative school model in Jefferson County

The Fund School on FIRE LogoThe Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky (The Fund) has received a $125,000 grant from The Gheens Foundation to investigate the feasibility of bringing an alternative school model to the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) district.

The school model, known as School on FIRE, was created and successfully implemented by Superintendent Buddy Berry at the Eminence Independent School (EIS) system in Henry County, Kentucky. Berry realized early into his tenure at EIS, that in order to improve the district’s and students’ outcomes, he needed to make learning a more personalized, authentic experience. Utilizing the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) Six Critical Attributes for Innovative Learning Systems, Berry created the School on FIRE Model (Framework of Innovation for Re-Inventing Education – FIRE).

Barbara Bellissimo, CEO of The Fund, expressed excitement for the possibilities the project holds.

“What Buddy and his team have accomplished at Eminence is nothing short of amazing. Every child deserves the opportunity to grow and learn in the type of environment Eminence has created. We want to see that opportunity open up, right here in Jefferson County.”

The project will be a collaboration between The Fund, EIS, JCPS, the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation (JCPEF), and the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA). Throughout  the duration of the project, these partners will meet regularly to  discuss the feasibility of implementing a School on FIRE, with The Fund serving as facilitator and project manager.

For more information about the School on FIRE model, please see the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).