By Nancy Dahlberg
Since the beginning of the year, 4Geeks Academy has been working with the government of Costa Rica and the Inter-Development Bank. The goal of the partnership is now realized: A coding school that offers 100% scholarships to Costa Ricans who wish to learn coding or upskill in various areas of technology.
Once the new scholarship program ends, 4Geeks Academy will continue to run the location in Costa Rica. In addition to its Miami headquarters, 4Geeks also has locations in Chile, Venezuela and Madrid and offers online courses.
According to the IDB, by 2025 the software industry in Latin America will need 1.2 million coders, which is why Costa Rica’s government is stepping up with the full scholarships. This comes at a time when the country’s economy, like most, is still reeling from job losses resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the need for reskilling and upskilling in tech is widespread.
“4Geeks Academy has the objective to execute a program that establishes itself as a reference in Costa Rica and the region, supporting hundreds of people who decide to improve their professional careers,” said Lou Stadler, 4Geeks’ country manager.
Started as an internal project to train developers, 4Geeks Academy was founded in 2015 by Marcelo Ricigliano, CEO, and Alejandro Sanchez, director of education. Although its courses are offered full-time as well, they are all also offered part-time to make it more affordable and accessible for students. Courses are also available online. 4Geeks goal is to be able to offer programs in all the major Latin America tech hubs.
Above: 4Geeks co-founders Marcelo Ricigliano and Alejandro Sanchez. Photos provided by 4Geeks Academy.
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