The Fortress Academy

The Fortress Academy

The Fortress Academy is Central Pennsylvania's FIRST and ONLY licensed computer coding bootcamp. The demand for new technical talent has increased at such a rapid rate that traditional educational models have had a hard time adapting.

The Fortress Academy is a licensed higher education institution that offers accelerated (program length is 12 weeks), intensive, code training programs. Our training courses cover multiple languages and frameworks with the aim of creating at minimum “Junior Level” computer programmers for a variety of positions or advancing technical skills of students with a CS or Engineering Degree.

Our graduates will be ready to dive into any project or team, adding immediate value as a Junior Level Programmer. Many projects require the basics of programming with a growth or “learn to learn” mindset rather than the traditional Computer Science or Engineering Degree. With more and more companies building their own in house technology the need for a middle layer of technology worker is emerging. Rather than looking for a “Blue Collar” employee, companies are looking for a “Code Collared” worker.

Code schools have been gaining traction for one simple reason…they work. The gap in the current job market is huge and continuing to grow. Programs like The Fortress Academy Computer Programming Diploma can serve as a catalyst for not only local business but as an opportunity for more minorities, woman and veterans to enter the field of STEM as a career.

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The world is changing at an exponential rate. From self driving cars, to huge advancements in Artificial Intelligence, technology is beginning to disrupt every industry, regardless of age, type or location. Our communities will no longer remain immune to these changes, able to sit on the sidelines as other, larger cities take the lead. With organizations from the White House to Economic Experts predicting future job losses in the millions, the time to act is now.

Inspired by the York Plan of 1940, The Fortress Initiative was formed as a way to help strengthen our communities for this coming change and bring access to technology to every citizen, regardless of age, race or socio-economic background.

As a first step, The Fortress Initiative has taken control of the western National bank in downtown York PA and is creating the regions first “Disruption Center”. Focused on exponential technology, awareness and education, the Fortress of York will be an 8000 square foot, STEM, Robotics and computer programming center. With space for Start ups, Established Technology companies, Individual Technologists and Accelerated Education and Training Providers, The Fortress of York will serve as a hub for the regions Disruptive Thinkers.

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Why Now

There is an incredible shift happening in our world today. Every industry is struggling to find a solid footing, the world is indeed being disrupted. Our mission at The Fortress Initiative is to prepare communities just like ours for this uncertain future. But it’s not only our mission, it’s our passion. We’ve had the chance to bring this message to communities, companies and CEO’s all across the nation.  Watch “Embracing Disruption” as delivered by our President, John McElligott.

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“Over six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and work, which represents a significant untapped resource of productivity and talent for the country.” President Obama, March 2015

 
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My Brother's Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is an initiative to counteract opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color and to help youth reach their full potential. Focuses of the initiative includes getting a healthy start on entering school, and graduating from high school ready for college or a career. Its’ goal it to keep young minds on track. MBK just passed its’ two year anniversary in which it noted over 50 new communities across seven states accepting the MBK Community Challenge. According the White House, the challenge is a call to action for cities, towns, and counties to build and execute robust plans to ensure that all young people can achieve their full potential.

“The Fortress Initiative will open its first Disruptive Technology center in York, PA by the end of 2016, and centers in four additional cities across the central PA region by 2021. Through these centers, the Fortress Initiative and its partners, including MANTEC and SCPa Works, will engage 1,000 employers and provide technical skills training to 300 17 to 29-year-olds of all backgrounds, with a focus on young people of color, veterans, and women...” (Fact Sheet Page 12, My Brother’s Keeper)

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