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TULSA, Okla. — Holberton School-Tulsa, a tuition-deferred college alternative for training software engineers, and Urban Coders Guild, a Tulsa-based non-profit organization, founded by Booker T. Washington alum — Mikeal Vaughn, that teaches coding to middle and high school students from historically underserved communities, are teaming up to welcome UGC’s 2020-2021 cohort.

Students will come to Holberton’s socially distanced campus to receive their new devices and will be given the resources they’ll need to be successful throughout the program by special guest and leaders from the North Tulsa community 

Urban Coders is a Tulsa-based non-profit organization that teaches coding to middle and high school students from historically underserved and underrepresented communities. We are dedicated to providing equitable access to STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Our overarching goal is to build a more diverse, more inclusive tech ecosystem that includes people of color and women as software developers, engineers, project managers, product developers, and entrepreneurs. Upon completion of the programs, students will build websites and create iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android mobile apps. UGC will also connect them with internship and mentorship opportunities with local tech companies. 

With campuses in San Francisco, New Haven, CT, Tulsa, OK, Medellin, Bogota and Cali, Colombia, and Tunis, Tunisia, on three continents, Holberton trains software engineers using a revolutionary teaching method utilizing project-based and peer learning. Holberton’s college alternative program is free until students find a job. Graduates have been placed in high-impact engineering positions at companies like Apple, Tesla, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The school is supported by professional advisors and investors who are leaders in technology, sports, and entertainment, including Grammy-Award winner NE-YO, actor and social activist Priyanka Chopra, New York Jets standout Kelvin Beachum; and technology visionaries LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang, Docker founder Solomon Hykes, and Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel. Go to to learn more.

Cohort tracks:

Web development

iOS app development

Android app development

Cohort size: 15 students per cohort


Web development -Middle and High School (6-12 grades)

Mobile app development –  High School (9-12 grades) 

Duration: Week of October 5 – Week of May 31

Meeting time/place: Virtual with weekly live instruction


Strong interest in STEM and coding

1-hour time commitment each week

Cost: FREE

Go to to learn more.

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