What we do
Operation Spark is a software engineering school on a mission to prepare low-opportunity individuals for employment in the technology sector in the Greater New Orleans area. Through immersive programming bootcamps, we train those who lack well-paying job skills to enter into the high wage, high demand tech industry.
While various organizations train for workforce skills in the Greater New Orleans area, only Operation Spark provides a proven path to true financial freedom that a well-paying software engineering career affords. Nationally, there are dozens of code schools, but very few provide these skills to people with less opportunity.
Beyond Immersion, Operation Spark offers its High School to High Wage (HS2HW) program to help underserved high schoolers begin to prepare for and aspired towards careers in software engineering. Currently more than 180 students from 25 public schools are enrolled in HS2HW, earning school credit and Industry Based Credentials - a set of skills deemed in-demand by regional industry.
85% of these students qualify for free and reduced lunch. We’re on track to double enrollment next semester. Many students are considering software careers and will matriculate into Immersion. We often hear that their time at Operation Spark is the favorite part of their week.
Here are 2 reasons to support Operation Spark today:
1. Taking a full-time class requires funds to cover living costs. Students in the Immersion program are not able to keep a part or full-time job so they must cover their basic living costs during the program in other ways. We’re raising funds specifically for students who fall under the low-income bracket as well as single mothers. MORE for the 504 recently committed $7,500 to a fund for single mothers and we want to see that grow.
2. Transportation for students in the high school program. Our high school classes run after school and navigating the public transit system in NOLA at night can be tough for young adults. With some funding already committed for bus transportation next semester, we’re looking for more support.
We now have 10 people on staff, recently formed a partnership with GE Digital to hire our grads, and have piloted a class offered remotely with 30 home-schooled high school students all around Louisiana. We’ve surpassed 50% of our budget being earned revenue so we don’t have to ask foundations and corporations for as much funding but there’s still a gap. Please help us grow and spread the word.