Galvanize Expands Coding School, Co-working Space Into Austin

Galvanize, the Denver-based startup that provides programming training, venture funding, and co-working space for the tech world, is opening a 25,000-foot Austin location in February that will have classrooms, private and public working spaces, and event areas.

The three-year-old company intends to offer courses for programmers and data scientists at the Austin location, the newest addition to Galvanize’s campuses in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Seattle, and San Francisco. Galvanize is also working with Google to offer classes in London—a partnership that CEO Jim Deters noted to Xconomy in June will help ensure the quality of its classes in its first ex-U.S. program.

Galvanize has had a longstanding relationship with Google, dating back to in 2013 when Galvanize was selected as the Denver outpost in Google’s “tech hub network.” The Austin location will be housed downtown, in a building across the street from Google, according to the Austin Business Journal.

Galvanize’s interest in Austin is due to the countless tech companies—from IBM and Dell to HomeAway and SpareFoot—that have a high demand for new tech talent, the company said in a statement. Galvanize says its students have a 96 percent placement rate for full-time work within six months of graduating.

Last July, the company closed a $10 million venture fund to make early and seed-stage investments throughout the country. A month earlier, Galvanize raised an $18 million Series A round led by University Ventures, money it is using to expand its education program to new cities like Austin, while also hiring faculty and adding to its curriculum.

Dubbed “gSchool,” the program offers full-time programs that typically last 24 weeks, as well as part-time workshops and night classes. The full-time courses cost between $20,000 and $23,000.

David Holley is Xconomy's national correspondent based in Austin, TX. You can reach him at dholley@xconomy.com Follow @xconholley

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