Kenzie Academy, a San Francisco, CA-based apprenticeship program that develops modern tech workers, closed a $4.2m seed funding.
The round was led by ReThink Education with participation from a follow-on investment from Learn Start, a fund affiliated with Learn Capital, as well as new investments from Gratitude Railroad, Kelly Services, and Butler University. In conjunction with the funding, Matt Greenfield, Managing Partner at ReThink Education, will join the Kenzie Academy’s board.
The company intends to use the funds to expand its course offerings.
Led by Chok Leang Ooi, co-founder and CEO, Kenzie Academy provides a college-alternative model that combines one year of immersive learning with one year of paid work in Kenzie Studio, the company’s tech consulting subsidiary, providing students real work experience before they graduate. Kenzie Academy’s curriculum launched with software engineering courses and will soon expand to include offerings in digital marketing and user experience (UX) design.
Its first campus launched in Indianapolis in January 2018.