Techtonic Academy Recognized by the United States Department of Labor as First Technology Apprenticeship Program in Colorado

Program provides underserved communities with a path to a technology

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Techtonic Academy, a division of Boulder-based Techtonic Group, has been
registered by the United States Department of Labor as part of the
national apprenticeship system, becoming the first government-recognized
technology apprenticeship program in Colorado.

Techtonic Academy provides underprivileged youth, minorities and
veterans both technical training and mentorship to become entry-level
software engineers and pursue a robust career in the technology field.
Techtonic Group builds custom software ranging from mobile applications
and content-managed websites to new software, and all Techtonic Academy
apprentices work side-by-side with Techtonic Group senior developers to
gain coding experience on real client projects under careful guidance
and supervision while earning a livable salary.

“We developed Tectonic Academy to develop a unique approach to address
the shortage of entry-level software developers facing many businesses
while providing a path to a technology career for many underserved
populations. The continuing positive response we have is overwhelming,”
said Heather Terenzio, co-founder, CEO and president of Techtonic
Academy. “This is an incredible honor and confirms our mission and
apprenticeship model are viable.”

The Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, known as
ApprenticeshipUSA, offers employers across all industries the tools to
develop a highly skilled workforce for their business. Currently,
ApprenticeshipUSA has a network of over 150,000 employers in more than
1,000 occupations nationwide. Techtonic Academy becomes the first
Colorado technology company to join the ranks.

“Colorado has emerged as one of the most innovative business communities
in the U.S., and this designation from the Department of Labor — the
first in Colorado — is yet another example of the leadership of Colorado
entrepreneurs,” said Sumana (Suma) Nallapati, Colorado’s Secretary of
Technology and State CIO. “I could not be more proud of Heather and
Techtonic Academy.”

“Heather’s determination to develop junior programmers sets the bar,
modeling the magical impact business experiential learning can have on
talent development,” said Wendy Nkomo, COO and Interim CEO, Colorado
Technology Association. “I believe more Colorado companies will mirror
Techtonic Academy, roll up their sleeves and enjoy the results of
leading tech apprenticeship programs within their businesses.”

The Governor launched the Business Experiential Learning (BEL)
Commission last fall to dramatically increase the number of business-led
experiential learning opportunities to better develop our local talent

About Techtonic Academy

Techtonic Academy is a division of Techtonic Group, which was founded in
2000 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. The company provides
custom, web-based software and mobile application development to a
diverse customer base — from healthcare to financial services and from
Fortune 1000 to startup organizations. The company’s Techtonic Academy
is a unique training program that equips underprivileged youth and
military veterans with software development skills and new career paths
through training, mentoring and hands-on project work. For more, please


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