Ne-Yo Invests in Tech Academy Aiming to Make the Industry More Diverse
Here's a story that should make you feel good today: Ne-Yo recently invested in a school that's trying to make the tech industry more diverse.
The academy is called the Holberton School, and it offers courses like software engineering. Plus, according to Billboard, Ne-Yo invested in a recent $2.3 million round of funding and now sits on the Board of Trustees. On top of that, the singer will also use his face and name to promote the school and try to bring more people from various backgrounds into tech.
"I believe that a major key to success in life is the presence of opportunity," said the R&B crooner. "Tech is an ever-growing, evolving industry, and I want to assist in opening doors for people across the country. Holberton School is in a unique position to train people of all backgrounds to lead in the digital age. I couldn't be more excited about Holberton's mission and model."
In addition, Holberton School doesn't charge the students tuition. Instead, they are asked to pay back a portion of the costs if they secure a job in the tech industry, and if they don't their tuition is waived.
The school also doesn't have traditional courses or teachers, and the first graduating class will be in 2018.