Launchpad is an apprenticeship program for students interested in programming, app design (UI/UX) and product design (maker movement). The 10-week program takes place at local software companies and tech start-ups and is guided by industry experts who are as passionate about their crafts as they are about teaching.
Each 10-week session focuses on a specific topic (e.g. mobile development, design, etc) and set of technologies (e.g. Xcode, Illustrator, etc.). The company hosting the launchpad determines which topic they will teach. When applying for Launchpad, students select which topic(s) they want to focus on. If accepted, students are assigned to the company teaching the desired topic.
This fall 23 students in Utah County and 22 in Washington county participated in Launchpads hosted in St. Geroge by, Rocketmade, Busy Busy, and Y-Draw Marketing, and in Utah County, by Izeni, Verisage, and Rocketship. Following the 10 weeks of instruction and hands on learning the Launchies got together for some food, fun and to demonstrate what they learned to one another.
The next Launchpad will begin on January 19th 2016. Applications are being accepted now at http://www.golaunchpad.org/.