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Jan. 2, 2014 9:00 am

22 students signed up for first run of classes at Betamore incubator

Over the course of 10 weeks, Betamore Academy students spent three hours in classes twice a week on such topics as front-end web development and digital marketing.

Betamore will host a class on market research this week.

(Photo courtesy of Betamore)

Full disclosure: Betamore cofounder Mike Brenner is a partner with Technical.ly Baltimore, which works on occasion from the Federal Hill incubator.

Since opening its doors a little more than a year ago, it has been the position of Federal Hill incubator Betamore that training a computer-savvy workforce can happen outside a college campus.

As Technical.ly Baltimore highlighted in its year-end review, Hampden-based startup Staq went so far as to pay people to learn Ruby programming if they worked for the startup for three to six months.

Betamore took a different approach, thinking that people interested in learning programming skills would pay $3,000 for courses that focused on certain topics, such as front-end web development using JavaScript. There was some interest: 22 students total enrolled in the first run of four classes in web development and digital marketing called the Betamore Academy, according to a year-end review from Betamore.

The incubator and coworking space kicked off classes in fall 2013. Over the course of 10 weeks, Betamore Academy students spent three hours in classes twice a week.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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