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Holberton Moves Fully Online Amid The Global Pandemic Needs

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The successful transition for 9 worldwide campuses to help educational and training programs

Holberton School, the tuition-deferred college alternative educating the next generation of digital workers, has announced the successful migration of its 9 global campuses into fully distributed online learning institutions. The smooth digital transformation of both its software modules and community engagement initiatives provides a fundamental template for other educational, vocational and training institutions seeking to move their programs online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future of work is distributed and borderless

Without relying on teachers, Holberton’s proprietary training software delivers assignments, instant feedback and ongoing guidance to students. As they work, students receive detailed analysis and corrections as needed. The program analyzes more than 10 million lines of code per week, thus giving the school the capacity to teach thousands of students at scale.

Since Holberton trains students not only on technical skills but also on soft-skills such as teamwork, public speaking, networking and interviewing, the school has moved quickly to transition its community engagement processes online. Students, alumni, staff, and professional advisors working for the world’s leading employers are engaged in structured and unstructured interactions via video meetings, webinars, live-coding sessions, Slack groups, and other online tools.

Driving free education

Holberton charges no upfront tuition. Instead, graduates are asked to contribute a percentage of their salaries to the school for the first three and a half years of their post-Holberton employment, giving back to the next generation of software engineers.

Holberton co-founder and CEO Julien Barbier said, “The silver lining from this pandemic is that our students will be more prepared than ever to succeed in the modern professional workforce, which will operate in a largely distributed fashion across offices and nations. Our students will emerge from this pandemic with the highly sought-after technical and soft skills the world’s leading employers demand.”

Founded in 2015 by Julien Barbier and Sylvain Kalache, Holberton provides Silicon Valley-grade peer-learning and project-based software engineering training that combines high-demand, hands-on practical skills with a deep knowledge of theory. Students have gone on to earn six-figure engineering jobs at top-tier employers including Apple, LinkedIn, Google, Amazon, and Tesla.

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The Educational landscape is changing dynamically. The new generation of students thus faces the daunting task to choose an institution that would guide them towards a lucrative career.

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