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Driven & Co. Ep: 31 – Reforming Software Engineering Education

This week’s Driven & Co. podcast features Sylvain Kalache, an entrepreneur and software engineer who has worked in the tech industry for more than a decade. Sylvain’s most recent endeavor is co-founding Holberton School, a two-year programming school in San Francisco training highly skilled full stack software engineers.

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In this episode, host Justin Gray and Sylvain discuss different types of learning methods from around the world, the lack of project-based education in the United States and the importance of learning by doing.

“If you teach skills to someone, you get them a job,” Sylvain said. “If you teach them how to learn, you give them a career.”

Other podcast highlights include:

  • What inspired Sylvain to quit his job and start the Holberton School
  • The benefits of peer-based and project-based learning
  • Providing a different path for learners who don’t want to go through traditional channels
  • The importance for entrepreneurs to have a trusted co-founder when tackling a huge problems
  • The exciting next chapter for Sylvain and the Hoberton School

Plus, tune into other episodes to learn about the zigs and zags entrepreneurs take to succeed.

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