In Silicon Prairie, Kenzie Academy’s Apprenticeship Program Trains Students for High-Paid Tech Jobs of Tomorrow—Without College or Debt
Brendan Lowe, The 74
Dylan Fields is a high school senior who has long known what he wants to do for a career. But like many students, he had no idea how to get there.
Fields found an answer at Kenzie Academy, a tech-focused apprenticeship school in downtown Indianapolis. With its flipped classroom model, much of Kenzie’s formal content learning takes place after-hours or in the first part of the morning. Students then spend the rest of the day working with their coach, instructor, and classmates to try out new skills.
After Fields graduates high school this spring, he will forgo college and instead enroll in a two-year program at Kenzie. The program's unique funding model will permit Fields to start the program without taking out a loan, and its apprenticeship model will provide him with real-world experience before graduating.