By Chloe Kline
According to founder and CEO Scott Jones, Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit “code academy and coding bootcamp,” offers cybersecurity and information technology courses at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university.
Jones said he founded the nonprofit academy 12175 Visionary Way, Fishers, to provide people with an easier, more affordable way to gain skills in the technology industry, including coding fundamentals, cybersecurity, and full-stack software development.
Eleven Fifty Academy offers full-time and part-time courses for undergraduates. The nonprofit organization, according to its website, is “an award-winning coding and cybersecurity bootcamp that gives people the technical and essential skills to transform careers quickly.
“You don’t have to be good at math, but you do need problem-solving skills,” Jones said. “Eleven Fifty does not replace college, but provides students with an additional education that will help them succeed.”
In July 2021, Eleven Fifty Academy received a $5 million Lilly Endowment Grant to make a difference in underserved communities.
Jones said he designed the academy to ensure anyone with a passion for problem solving and a desire to succeed in the technical field could enroll in courses. He said Eleven Fifty courses can be completed 16 times faster than a traditional four-year college degree.
“We’re radically cheaper than a college degree,” he said. “No one understands that the true cost of college is making money for four years.”
Eleven Fifty does not receive traditional government educational grants such as B. Pell Grants. Jones played a central role in creating the Accelerate Indiana program, which according to his website is a “new federally funded program designed to help Indiana residents accelerate their careers through rapid training programs for high-paying, high-demand jobs. Only vetted training programs that show very successful student results are allowed to participate.”
Anyone age 18 and older can apply for up to $10,000 in higher education through Accelerate Indiana. Visit AccelerateIndiana.org for information about the move.
“Because of the groundbreaking programs at Eleven Fifty Academy, the Indiana Legislature last year allocated over $75 million in funding for all Hoosiers to tuition at a variety of institutions that can offer training programs that can be completed within three to six months be completed and then get quality employment within a few months,” Jones said. “This program is transformative and life-changing for the individuals who participate.”
Eleven Fifty recently received the Talent Impact Mira Award for his success in helping graduates find jobs. According to its website, “TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth accelerator for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, recognized the achievements and innovations of Indiana’s people, companies, and products.”
Learn more about courses at elffifty.org.