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Congratulations Gainesville Dev Academy Summer Web Development Graduates

Congratulations Gainesville Dev Academy Summer Web Development Graduates

The Gainesville Dev Academy recently had a graduation ceremony for participants in its Summer Web Development Course at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) in downtown Gainesville. Attendees heard from special guest speaker David Day, Asst. Vice President and Director of the University of Florida’s Office of Technology Licensing. The event also featured Susan Davenport, President and CEO, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce; Dug Jones, Associate Vice President, Economic Development, Santa Fe College CIED; Angela Pate, Training Service Provider Representative for Workforce Information Advisory Council, CIO for CareerSource North Central Florida, President & CEO of Focused Management Solutions and Startup Quest, and Chair of the Board of Directors at OwnForce.

Congratulations to the Gainesville Dev Academy Summer Web Development graduates:

  1. Patrice Fletcher  
  2. Tariq Darwish  
  3. Jonathan Church  
  4. Matthew Howland  
  5. Devin Flickinger  
  6. Rigoberto Hernandez  
  7. Andrew Day  
  8. Jacob Greenberg  
  9. Mike Wohl
  10. Sandeep Bedadala  
  11. Daniel Parra  
  12. Ashish Aggarwal  
  13. Lahari Manchikanti  

Additionally, Gainesville Dev Academy announces a partnership with Young Peace Builders (YPB), an organization based in the west African Republic of Sierra Leone. YPB is made up of activists, students, young professionals and journalists committed to preventing conflict. Young Peace Builders’ current initiative is to establish a Youth Leadership, Media and ICT training center for young women in one of the most deprived, under-served communities in Sierra Leone. The center’s strategy is to provide relevant digital skills to expand opportunity and empower impoverished women to make educated choices in a culture of domestic violence, forced marriage and sexual discrimination.

The organization’s founder, Mr. Herbert Bangura, will be present at the graduation event to introduce his initiative. Bangura was awarded a Community Solutions Program (CSP) fellowship and is working with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding here in Gainesville. As a child, Bangura suffered as a refugee and lost family members and friends in the civil wars that ravaged Sierra Leone from 1991 until 2002. These immense challenges shaped Bangura into an outstanding youth activist, advocate, leader and peace pioneer. Join us in welcoming Bangura to Gainesville and the tech community.

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