INCubatoredu is a collaborative learning experience for high school students. The program provides the curriculum for our 11th and 12th grade entrepreneurship classes, as well as training for our entrepreneurship teachers and community partners who serve as mentors.
INCubatoredu’s key points of distinction include:
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Every student at our school takes basic coding and programming classes at the campus from a Geekwise instructor. Students who perform well and want to continue their education as technologists have the opportunity to take more advanced programming course as the Geekwise campus during their 11th and 12th grade years.
Geekwise Academy is an accelerated training program for current and aspiring technologists. Geekwise Academy teaches trainees hard skills in the technology industry. Each course is fast-paced, rigorous, and narrowly focused on a hard skill that is presently in-demand in the technology industry.
It’s no secret that software and information technology are among the fastest growing industries on the planet. Despite that truth, there simply aren’t enough technologists to keep up with the demand. Not to mention that these industries offer promising careers and have mountains of jobs that are available today. Geekwise Academy exists to fill that demand by rapidly producing high quality technologists and then connecting those same technologists to real world opportunities.
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The Lyles Center provides our students access to entrepreneurship mentors who are going through the process of launching a company themselves. The Lyles Center provides curriculum and training for our teachers from entrepreneurship educators at the college level. Additionally, our work with the Lyles Center allows students to see what entrepreneurship programs and opportunities exist at Fresno State and connect directly with college students who can share their experiences.
The Lyles Center uses its strategic position to leverage resources from the entire university to assist innovators and entrepreneurs in the development of their ideas into a business. The Lyles Center acts as a bridge for the campus and community, linking resources of both to achieve success in the marketplace. In an effort to achieve these goals the Lyles Center has a wide expanse of programs aimed at four specific entrepreneurship targets: youth, collegiate, university, and community.
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Part of our educational program is to connect students with industry professionals who serve as mentors as students launch their companies. Bitwise Industries is a hub for technology companies in Fresno. Through the collaborative facilities of their company known as Hashtag, students will be exposed to a startup technology culture. And working with some of the founders of the companies housed there, students will have real industry professionals as mentors for their work.
Bitwise Industries is the mothership of technological education, collaboration and innovation in Fresno. What happened in the Silicon Valley, Austin, and Portland that didn’t happen in Fresno? The founders of Bitwise Industries started asking that question in 2012 and concluded that Fresno’s tech scene was falling short in three key areas: place, education, and execution. Fresno has both the people and potential to become a global hub.
Bitwise Industries fills the gap of place through Hashtag, their collaborative office space, education through Geekwise Academy, and execution through Shift3 Technologies, a technology company.
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