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BLOG: New Full Stack+ Web & Mobile Development Program Launches at ELEVATE


·             Opportunity for Locals to Double, Triple their Salary with a New Career in Tech

·             Open House for the Full Stack+ Program Will be Held 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19

FRISCO, Colo. – April, 2016 – A new career path in tech could help locals in Summit County double or triple their salary.

A new Full Stack+ web and mobile development program could be the solution, say Amy Kemp and Wendy Basey of ELEVATE coworking space in Frisco.

The ELEVATE team has partnered with Regis University to launch the first Full Stack+ web and mobile development program in the mountains. The 16-week accelerated software engineering and web development graduate-level program will begin in August and offers more than just the typical full stack program of back-end and front-end web development. In addition, the program will include web visualizations and mobile development.

Full stack developers, sometimes called the “Jack of all trades for developers,” are in demand by tech companies and startups around the world and typically make $89,000+ in the U.S.( That compares to Summit County’s per capita income of $33,052. (Northwest Council of Governments)

“There’s no question that we need to diversify our economy in Summit County and create higher paying jobs,” says long-time local Kemp. “We’re too reliant on tourism, construction and real estate. We have one of the most highly educated communities in the state, but we have one of the lowest per capita incomes. We are shockingly underemployed and underpaid. It’s time to change that.”

According to Kemp and Basey, creating more tech jobs would give Summit County locals an opportunity to afford to live here and to contribute to an even more vibrant community.

“It’s time for us to forge our own future and build a hub for innovation and creativity right here in Summit County,” adds Kemp.

The Full Stack+ program is an opportunity to create a high tech workforce of remote workers or local startup founders or skilled employees to be hired by local tech companies like Dave Knell’s TeleNg and Fathom VR (virtual reality). Knell is a Breck-based entrepreneur and programmer who has struggled with hiring talented, experienced developers and programmers in Summit County.

He recently partnered with Kemp and fellow entrepreneur James Lee to open ELEVATE Breck, ELEVATE coworking’s second location in Breckenridge. ELEVATE Breck is set to open this spring.

“I’ve been surprised at how small the pool of developer talent is in Summit County,” says Knell. “As a result, I’ve become an effective outsourcer. I would much rather employ people here – it’s easier for me to work with someone in the same office rather than on a different continent and I’d prefer to keep money in this neck of the woods.  Elevate’s Full Stack+ program has the potential to make a real difference to its graduates, to local employers and to our community, and I’m excited to see it happening here.”

The 16-week Full Stack+ program aims to teach people to code and develop the “full stack” of back-end and front-end web and mobile skills.

It’s more than the typical full stack program, that’s why we’re calling it Full Stack+, says Rob Sjodin, lead instructor for the Full Stack+ program with Regis University. It includes four modules:

·             MSSE 661, Web Software Development

·             MSSE 663, Web Frameworks

·             MSSE 665, Web Visualization Frameworks

·             MSSE 667, Web Mobile Frameworks

Each module is four weeks and in-person classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. at ELEVATE Frisco. At the end of the 16 weeks, students will receive a graduate-level certificate in web development and have 12 credit hours that can be applied towards a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree.

It’s an accelerated program that offers more than just the standard full stack web development program, says Sjodin. This Full Stack+ program offers twice as much content as most of the other full stack programs at half the cost.

Tuition start at $8,700-ish for the 16-week program that starts in August, 2016. An open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at ELEVATE Frisco to educate the community about the program and to help them with financial aid and the application process.

In tech, it’s more important to have the skills and the portfolio vs. a degree. The Full Stack+ program does that.

The Full Stack+ program is designed for anyone who is interested in learning to build and develop web and mobile. A fundamental knowledge of HTML and CSS is preferred and students should have a bachelor’s degree.

The Full Stack+ Program open house is set for 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at ELEVATE Frisco. Representatives from Regis University’s admissions program and Full Stack instructors wil be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, visit or contact 970-368-6139.

BLOG: What is Your Purpose?

By Claudine Norden

Have you seen Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, Hugo?  It is about an orphaned boy who embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton clock and find a place he can call home. I was inspired by the deep message of the quest for purpose.


Hugo: Everything has a purpose, even machines. Clocks tell the time, trains take you places. They do what they’re meant to do, like Monsieur Labisse. Maybe that’s why broken machines make me so sad, they can’t do what they’re meant to do. Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose, it’s like you’re broken.

[Hugo takes Isabelle to the back of the giant train station clock where they watch the beauty of Paris at night]

Hugo: Right after my father died, I would come up here a lot. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.

In my line of work as a LifePlan™ Facilitator, people are inspired to come to me because they are at a period of life transition, life is out of balance in some way or they are searching for a greater sense of purpose and meaning.  I invite them to reflect and dream.

Dreams give us vitality.  The pursuit of dreams creates passion and energy.  At different points in our life journey, we get caught up in surviving versus thriving.  Purpose is living the life you were meant to live.  Dreaming starts the journey.

I invite you to dream and begin the journey of self-exploration with us at Elevate CoSpace on Tuesday, April 19 from Noon-1:00pm for a brown bag Dream Workshop.


Claudine Norden

Certified LifePlan™ Facilitator, Ascent Planning, LLC