For students recently completing Gainesville Dev Academy’s summer program, the school held a culminating ceremony at Gainesvilles’ Santa Fe College CIED, welcoming local civic leaders and announcing a global partnership.
The University of Florida’s assistant VP David Day, who directs its office of technology licensing, spoke at the event which recognized 13 web development students: Patrice Fletcher, Tariq Darwish, Jonathan Church, Matthew Howland, Devin Flickinger, Rigoberto Hernandez, Andrew Day, Jacob Greenberg, Mike Wohl, Sandeep Bedadala, Daniel Parra, Ashish Aggarwal and Lahari Manchikanti.
Also in attendance were Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Susan Davenport; Santa Fe College CIED’s Dug Jones, associate VP of economic development; and Angela Pate, representing Workforce Information Advisory Council, CareerSource North Central Florida; Focused Management Solutions and Startup Quest, and OwnForce.
The Academy also announced a new partnership with Sierra Leone’s Young Peace Builders (YPB), whose founder Herbert Bangura introduced his organization at the event. YPB comprises activists, professionals, journalists and students striving to overcome civic conflict and is currently developing a technical training center.
Gainesville Dev Academy allows developers to improve proficiency at creating web, mobile and desktop applications alongside “real-world dev skills.” Its program offerings are tailored to both students and businesses, with flexible scheduling, customized individual learning plans, and thorough assessments to evaluate areas of strength and need.
To afford students potential professional links, the institute partners with various local tech businesses, with established connections to the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Santa Fe College and the University of Florida’s engineering school.