Co-founders Mike McGhee and Neil Stem founded the Starter League to help people learn how to make websites and apps. (Google Images)
Co-founders Mike McGhee and Neil Stem founded the Starter League to help people learn how to make websites and apps. (Google Images)  is reporting that Mike McGee and Neil Stem, co-founders of the Starter League, a programming school in Chicago, founded the school to teach people how to build websites and applications. The article states that in the past two years, more than 500 people from 30 states and 15 countries have traveled to Chicago to take classes, generating between $1 and $2million in revenue for the school.

Founded in 2011 by McGee and Stem, both Northwestern University graduates, the Starter League teaches Rails, Ruby, HTML/CSS, and User Experience Design. The classes are intensive, three months long, one to three days a week, and taught in person.

Starter League will introduce coding to 16 Chicago Public School teachers, next summer, who will then offer classes to their students. For the last year, they’ve been mentoring students at Chicago Tech Academy, a charter school.

Chicago Tech Academy’s executive director, Matt Hancock said, “They’re not making music videos, they’re not playing sports. We’ve got many African-American role models in those fields.” He went on to say, “But to see it happen in technology is really important for our young people, who I hope, will follow in their foot steps.”


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