Software is changing the world. Individuals with the skills to design and build it are now essential in every industry but there aren’t enough of these professionals to go around. Prime is proving that Minnesota has an untapped army of smart, passionate problem solvers ready to change the world through software—we’re here to get them ready.
Working directly with Twin Cities tech employers, we’ve created programs that equip emerging engineers and designers with the skills they need to make immediate contributions. Prime students learn modern technologies, practical methodologies and critical behavioral skills through carefully crafted curriculum and hands-on work on real world projects. Prime’s immersive programs empower learners from diverse backgrounds to begin their new careers in months, not years.
Prime’s full stack engineering course arms students with the skills and hands-on experience to develop complex software to solve the real world businesses problems.View Program Details
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Prime’s user experience design curriculum provides students with the practice in research, design and prototype software that is usable and meaningful.View Program Details
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Prime is taking a wonderfully balanced approach to molding excellent junior developers that I can see making great contributions from Day 1 on the job. I was majorly impressed.
We are always looking for smart people who’ve taken the initiative to learn to program. A traditional computer science background is a lot less important to us than a passion for problem solving and the ability to do the work.
What excites us about Prime is their passion for truly preparing new developers for the realities of the tech industry. The disciplines and expectations that Prime instills with graduates is what's been missing from traditional academic tech programs.
Software engineers are at the heart of GovDelivery’s business, and Prime’s program is an innovative solution to developing more of them the Minnesota way—by tapping the amazing talent pool we already have. We believe Prime can connect hundreds of new people with rewarding careers in technology and that it will be a competitive asset to our business and the State of Minnesota.
The students from Prime are immersed in real-world software development experience. These are the type of students you should be looking at having within your organization. Employees who are agile, think differently and bring a diverse background of experiences to their job.
Prime teaches students how to think like a developer in ways that can't ever be taught in a traditional classroom. The methods of collaboration they learn is incredibly well aligned with a professional position and with those skills, they can quickly come up to speed on any technology they may appear 'light' in.
Seeing so many folks truly interested in development because of what it allows them to do and how it allows them to solve problems is a refreshing change to the average 4-year program candidate.
Minnesota was recently named the fastest growing state for tech jobs in America. The Department of Employment and Economic Development predicts that more than 200,000 new tech jobs will be created in Minnesota in the next decade. Competition for talent is already at or near all-time highs with negative unemployment in some areas. This environment has encouraged employers to embrace non-traditional sources for talent and discover the benefits of building a team with more diverse backgrounds. Prime is part of the innovative MSP TechHire coalition that is working to help Minnesota develop the talent businesses need while creating opportunities for groups underrepresented in our tech economy.
“Minnesota is a leader in technology innovation and education, and Prime Digital Academy melds these worthy pursuits as one” - Mayor Betsy Hodges from her proclamation of Prime Digital Academy Day in Minneapolis.
The rapid advancement of technology means that designers and developers are constantly asked to tackle problems they’ve never seen before. Accordingly, continuous learning in the face of ambiguous problems is a critical skill. Prime tackles this head on by engaging students on real-world projects within the curriculum. Alumni leave Prime with actual client projects in their portfolios and the confidence they can tackle the demands of the job.
Prime was born right here in Minnesota’s software industry and is focused on helping developers who want to build a career here. Launched by powerhouse custom software design and development company The Nerdery in close partnership with dozens of local employers hungry for tech talent, Prime leverages these connections to ensure our curriculum keeps up with the rapid changes in our local industry.
Success as a software professional demands a lot more than technical know-how. Prime has become known for its dedication to a human-centered educational philosophy which values communication, collaboration, problem solving and peer interactions as much as technologies and methodologies. Prime graduates fly in the face of industry stereotypes by wielding technology and empathy with equal acumen.
We’re extremely proud of the strong community at Prime and we love highlighting our culture for prospective students and interested people from the community. If you’re curious about what student life at Prime is like, sign up for a campus tour and see for yourself!Sign Up For a Campus Tour