Holberton School Brings Silicon Valley Caliber Software Engineering Education to France

Leading college alternative to provide over €1,000,000 in tuition scholarships

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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Holberton School, the project-based college alternative educating the next generation of digital workers, announced today the opening of its first European location: France. This opening brings Holberton’s total campus count to 13 worldwide, spanning 5 continents and 7 countries. The opening has been fast-tracked as Holberton founders, both French, wanted to help their country. Unemployment rates in France rose to 22 percent due to COVID-19, and one of the biggest software engineering schools, SUPINFO, is in liquidation.

Holberton co-founder Sylvain Kalache and director of operations Julien Cyr are both alumni of SUPINFO, one of the largest software engineering schools in France. Due to SUPINFO’s liquidation, a thousand students who already paid for their education – some of whom already paid for several years of school in advance of completing it – may suddenly find themselves out of school and unable to recoup their costs, beginning in September. To support their community, Holberton School France will cover the cost of the first year of their program for any SUPINFO students who wish to enroll, making the first year completely tuition-free. Holberton has also made an offer to take over SUPINFO’s operations, but whether or not they are selected, the offer of a waived first year of tuition to the impacted students remains.

“These students are being detrimentally impacted at a moment in their lives that will have huge ramifications in determining how successfully they begin their tech industry careers,” said Sylvain Kalache, co-founder and president of Holberton. “As an alumnus of SUPINFO and founder of a software engineering school, it was obvious for me to help.”

Holberton provides Silicon Valley-grade software engineering training through its full-time one and two-year programs. Students acquire practical skills and an understanding of theory through hands-on peer-to-peer and project-based learning. Students, who come from all walks of life, have gone on to secure engineering jobs at top-tier employers, including Apple, Google, and Tesla. In addition to helping SUPINFO students, the school also wanted to help people impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic and resulting unemployment rate. As such, Holberton School France will cover the first-year tuition–valued at €6,120–for the first 165 admitted students, the equivalent of €1,000,000 of scholarship value.

“We were already thinking about opening in France, but the dual issues–the closing of one of the country’s largest software engineering schools and the sky-high unemployment rate of 22 percent–dramatically accelerated our decision to open this campus,” said Julien Barbier, Holberton co-founder, and CEO. “France empowered me to succeed in my professional career. I love my country, and I want to help make sure that future software engineers will be able to enjoy the same opportunities and success that have benefitted me.”

Holberton School France’s first student cohort will begin on September 7th in synchronization with Holberton’s 12 other campuses spanning 6 additional countries. Applications to Holberton France are open to applicants above the age of 18 coming from any educational background or gender. To learn more about Holberton School enrollment and opportunities, visit www.holbertonschool.fr.

About Holberton School
A world-class education should be available to everyone–regardless of background, gender or ethnicity. That’s why Holberton’s college alternative program is free until students find a job. Graduates have gone on to earn six-figure salaries as engineers at leading employers, including Apple, Tesla, NASA, Google and LinkedIn. Holberton trains software engineers in both practical knowledge and theory utilizing project-based and peer learning. Students learn how to become lifelong learners and leaders in their fields. Holberton is supported by professional advisors and investors from the technology and entertainment industries, including Grammy award-winner NE-YO; actor and social activist Priyanka Chopra; acclaimed author, journalist, and educator Esther Wojcicki; and technology visionaries LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Docker founder Solomon Hykes, and Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel. Holberton has campuses in the United States, Colombia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Uruguay, and Mexico. Go to www.holbertonschool.com to learn more.

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