Prime Digital Academy’s Inaugural Class Of 20 Will Graduate Today


Via News Release

“After 18 code-cramming weeks of intense study and accelerated learning, the 20 students in Prime Digital Academy’s first cohort will graduate July 2. Prime Digital Academy was created by The Nerdery to re-engineer software development education; Prime is supported by nearly 50 employers and organizations who serve as student mentors, curriculum advisors and the school’s hiring network.”

Prime’s graduation ceremony will feature remarks from students, instructors and faculty.  This brief (3:42) video has comments from Prime’s first-cohort of students on their experience:

Graduation, when and where:

Thursday, July 2nd, 3-5:pm (program 3-4, followed by social hour)

9401 James Ave S, suite 152, Bloomington MN 55431

  • Three students have already accepted full-time positions
  • Prime hosted 300+ introductory interviews between students and potential employers during three “career days”

Last week Prime earned Biz Journal’s 2015 Eureka! Award in the Education category. Up next at Prime:

Cohort 2 Launch Day: July 12th, 4:30

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges welcomes 2nd cohort on their first day of class. Mayor Hodges and Prime President Mark Hurlburt in March traveled to DC for the launch of President Obama’s TechHire initiative, which Prime is a part of.

50% of students from the second cohort are supported by public and private grants. In Prime’s first two cohorts, 48 percent of students are female – well above industry standard of between 8-16 percent of female applicants for software engineer positions. Prime continues to offer scholarships for women and veterans.

Demo Night: July 15th, 6:00-8:00pm

Demo Night is a chance for Prime graduates to showcase their work to Prime Mentors, hiring partners, family/friends, new students and the industry in general. Demos include 1st-cohort students presenting proof-of-concept projects they developed in teams working with local startups Yoxo, U-Swap, Prep Hoops Network, ILOS, as well as one project developed for classroom use at Prime. Some students will also demo solo projects that run the gamut from a mobile-optimized website to remember where you parked your car to a command-line encrypted diary application to a system that allows guests at a wedding to send song requests to the DJ from their phone without leaving the dance floor.