In exciting news for the state of Indiana today, Eleven Fifty Academy has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as a software development apprenticeship program. It’s the first one designated in Indiana and will officially launch in 2019.

The nonprofit coding bootcamp is headquartered in Fishers (read a little more about Eleven Fifty Academy and the national coding bootcamp model in this BizVoice story from last year) and was created by Indianapolis entrepreneur Scott Jones. (Jones was recently featured on an episode of the Indiana Chamber’s EchoChamber podcast.)

The apprenticeship program guarantees apprenticeships for graduates of Eleven Fifty Academy through employer partners, translating to guaranteed jobs.

A joint press release from Eleven Fifty Academy and the DOL has more details:

Eleven Fifty Academy (EFA) has consistently been named by CourseReport as one of the Best Coding Bootcamps since its inception 4 and a half years ago and has graduated hundreds of students, helping to fill the demand for tech jobs in Indiana. The creation of EFA’s Apprenticeship Program is timely for Indiana’s Next Level Jobs campaign.

“With upwards of a million tech jobs that we need to fill across the country and with tens of thousands open in Indiana, Eleven Fifty Academy is doing its part to skill up a workforce,” says Scott Jones, founder of Eleven Fifty Academy. “We are transforming lives in the process.”

EFA’s Apprenticeship Program was made possible by a grant made from to JFF, an organization driving the American workforce and educational systems. The Eleven Fifty Academy Apprenticeship Program helps employers find the right person and the right on-boarding process, facilitating success for everyone.

“Work-based learning is one of, if not the most effective means of helping to skill up a workforce,” says Darrel Zeck, Executive Director of Indiana’s Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship with the State of Indiana. “Tech jobs are critical for Indiana’s future and Eleven Fifty Academy is well positioned to assist in this effort with these programs.”

Eleven Fifty Academy recently helped Knowledge Services with a customized course in C+ from fundamentals to enterprise level application basics.

“Partnering with Eleven Fifty Academy for a customized course gave our talented team members at Knowledge Services a tremendous boost in their skills and confidence,” says Knowledge Services CEO Julie Bielawki.

“We are overjoyed at EFA’s recognition as an Apprenticeship Program by the Department of Labor and see this designation as a true testament to EFA’s commitment to developing a strong workforce.”

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Charlee Beasor is the communications & PR manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for eight years.