The Academy Celebrates Two Decades of Tech Excellence: South Florida’s Premier IT Training Hub Hits 20-Year Milestone
From humble beginnings to a leading technology career accelerator, The Academy marks 20 years of empowering and upskilling the next generation of IT experts.
MIAMI, August 20, 2023 – This year marks an important milestone for The Academy, as the leading technology career accelerator celebrates 20 years of empowering South Floridians to succeed in IT. Since founding The Academy in 2003, Christopher Perez set out with a vision to provide best-in-class certification and training programs that have helped thousands launch and advance careers in the high-demand technology sector.
Over the past two decades, The Academy has expanded from Perez’s early vision into a premier destination for IT career training. Today, the school has the capacity to serve over 2,000 professionals and developers annually through comprehensive on-campus and online programs.
As technology has rapidly transformed industries and the job market, The Academy has evolved as well, building a robust catalog of cutting-edge courses aligned to current industry needs and standards. Programs focus on high-demand skills like cybersecurity, ethical hacking, cloud computing, AWS, Azure, networking, programming, project management, and more.
Even students with no prior IT background can rapidly gain career-relevant skills through accelerated programs like the immersive 4-month coding bootcamp or the cybersecurity vocational program. The Academy is uniquely positioned to launch students into thriving tech careers quickly.
This distinctive hands-on approach, along with expert instructors, sets The Academy apart. Students master practical, real-world skills using industry-standard software, networking gear, servers, and more. The Academy provides everything needed for a robust, hands-on learning experience.
The Academy maintains close relationships with vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, EC-Council, and more to align its programs to their latest certification standards. Its instructors complete rigorous training and certification processes with these vendors to stay current on new technologies, tools, and platforms as they are released. This ensures students have training in the most up-to-date, relevant technologies to succeed in the real world.
There are options for students at every experience level. Experienced IT professionals can build additional skills through new certifications, specializations, bootcamps, and continuing education to advance their careers. Seasoned cybersecurity analysts, network engineers, and programmers regularly upgrade their skills at The Academy through new courses in cutting-edge topics such as cloud migration, automation, blockchain, and quantum computing.
At the same time, complete beginners can have their first foray into IT through The Academy’s introductory training, foundational courses, and flexible financing options including deferred tuition plans. Qualified students in need can also enroll through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grants that provide eligible adults and dislocated workers free IT career training.
The Academy founder Perez himself was able to launch his successful IT career after discovering his passion for technology and receiving critical training and certification. Now through The Academy, Perez has spent decades paying that opportunity forward by empowering South Florida residents with career-relevant tech skills.
“We not only provide students with necessary lectures and hands-on building activities, but we prepare them to pass the IT certification exams to help them actually land jobs,” Perez shared.
Whether upskilling experienced professionals or launching novice students on entirely new career paths, The Academy offers personalized career guidance and placement support. Dedicated career advisors polish resumes, perfect LinkedIn profiles, prep for interviews, and guide students through the job search process.
As The Academy embarks on the next 20 years, the school remains committed to evolving technical education and empowering South Florida residents with career-relevant skills that transform lives. By taking a forward-thinking approach, the school aims to equip students with digital skills that drive progress and allow them to thrive as new technologies reshape industries.
With continued vigilance and evolution of the curriculum, The Academy is poised to prepare students not just for today’s tech landscape, but also for the careers of the future, like those related to artificial intelligence. The school wants to provide in-demand skills that empower students to drive innovation in the world of tomorrow.
Learn more about The Academy’s offerings by visiting www.academyflorida.com.
About The Academy
The Academy is South Florida’s premier source for IT training programs and certifications. With over 20 years of experience in training and supporting individuals, The Academy is a trusted Premier Education Partner, providing first-class education with hands-on experience, real-world experts, and internationally recognized qualifications for all students.
The Academy offers courses in cloud computing, cybersecurity, web development, and many more fields. We have worked with some of the country’s highest-profile companies, including the FBI, the Department of Defense, the Air Force, the Space Force, and multiple financial firms.
Its IT certifications are aligned with industry certifications that are internationally recognized, such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CompTIA Security+, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Cisco CCNA, and more. We are trusted by some of the world’s largest tech firms, including Cisco, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, VMware, Citrix, and EC-Council.