TROY, MI — A computer science education provider is opening in Troy and is now offering coding classes in an attempt to grow the technology industry in Metro Detroit.
iCode, a national computer science education franchise, recently announced that it is opening a new location in Troy. The location is currently offering online courses for students K-12. A brick-and-mortar location is expected to open in spring 2021.
“I am so excited to bring technology-based education courses to the students of metro Detroit,” said Pratheep Sevanthinathan, owner of iCode in Troy. “I believe coding is an essential skill for the future. Our classes offer a unique skillset that is not taught on a fundamental level in traditional schools.”
The company said Sevanthinathan’s background in engineering, business ownership and experience as a lawyer makes him well equipped to operate the Troy location.
The business will offer STEAM-based computer science education through proprietary curricula and a signature BELT program. The progressive BELT program graduates students to more advanced levels of coding and is built to keep students motivated to continue developing their skills similar to how belts function in the martial arts. With a convenient class schedule catering to any family’s schedule, after-school, online, summer and holiday programs will all be held at iCode Troy, according to a news release.
“We’re thrilled that Pratheep and Andrea have opened their online classes to students in the Troy area,” said Abid Abedi, founder and CEO of iCode. “Now, students can have the opportunity to learn often overlooked skills that can benefit them for a future in tech. With custom programs built for every experience level, we’re looking forward to seeing how the kids and teens at Pratheep and Andrea’s location develop their skills.”
iCode offers programs that teach students how to build games, apps, websites and work with robotics. It also offers the iSports professional gaming league with competitions taking place after school, once per week for a five-week period.