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Kenzie Academy Career-Track Technical Education Programs

Kenzie Academy and Butler Executive Education are joining forces to offer industry-recognized technical certificates for adult learners in the following areas: Front-End Web Development, Back-End Web Development, Software Engineering.

About Kenzie Academy

Kenzie Academy logoKenzie Academy is an Indianapolis tech apprenticeship program that develops modern tech workers. Kenzie programs combine training in the latest tech skills, paid work experience, and mentorship from industry experts.

Program Costs
Front-End Web Development 6 months $13,500
Back-End Web Development 6 months $13,500
Software Engineering 1 years (12 months) $24,000

Front-End Web Developer (Career Track): 6 months


Graduates of this program will have the skills needed to be an entry-level Front-End Web Developer. Front-End Web Developers produce HTML, CSS and JavaScript for a website or web application so that a user can see and interact with them directly.

In this course, students gain hands-on experience deploying interactive web sites for desktop and mobile web browsers using the latest web technologies and frameworks. Students also learn all coding and web development best practices, including team collaboration skills.

Technical Curriculum

This track prepares students to create and deploy interactive web applications for desktop and mobile browsers using HTML5/CSS and javascript. The emphasis is on developing proficiency in frontend skills, while providing a basic overview of backend technologies and how to interoperate with them.

Technical topics include:

  • Basic development tools and workflow including both IDEs and command line.
  • Source control with git
  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Responsive design
  • Introduction to basic image manipulation and editing (e.g. in Gimp) to prepare images for the web
  • Javascript: understanding flow of control, basic data structures, and debugging practices
  • Unit testing
  • Communicating effectively about code in the context of code review and pair programming
  • Connecting to remote machines via SSH to deploy code and conduct basic administrative/ops tasks
  • Using preprocessors like LESS and SASS
  • Organizing code within larger projects
  • Branching and merging code changes using git
  • Collaborating on a group project with multiple developers
  • Using object-oriented techniques to organize code and data
  • Defensive coding and error handling
  • Introduction to node.js and express
  • Introduction to persistent storage using MongoDB
  • Relational databases and SQL
  • Using the React library

Through the program, students create a portfolio of individual and team projects that can be shown to future, potential employers. Students also learn to communicate effectively in an interview and professional setting.

Back-End Web Developer (Career Track): 6 months


Graduates of this program have the skills to be versatile, Back-End Web Developers. Back-End Web Developers develop the logic and database layers of a website or web application, and the connectivity that enables the front-end and back-end to communicate together.


Students learn to develop production ready end-to-end web applications. Students will learn to scale back-end applications, consider performance of the application, and understand security best practices to reduce an application’s vulnerability to hacking.

The program covers Back-End topics including:

  • Python
  • Flask microframework
  • Shell scripting to automate builds and deployment
  • Introduction to virtual machines and/or containers
  • Data modeling best practices
  • Advanced use of relational databases and SQL
  • Django framework
  • Empirical performance measurement
  • Introduction to algorithmic complexity
  • Introduction to application security
  • Server side image processing (e.g. recompression and thumbnailing of user-uploaded images)
  • Logging and analytics
  • Caching
  • Load balancing across multiple application servers
  • Sharding of databases

Software Engineer (Career Track): 12 months


Graduates of this program will have a comprehensive education in software engineering, an established track record of work experience consulting for remote teams, and the skills needed to work as a Software Engineer.

The Software Engineer track is designed to train our students to become skilled coders, while also equipping them with core computer science concepts, critical for advancement towards senior roles. The foundation of our curriculum includes learning the necessary coding skills as well as a sufficient understanding of how computers and systems work in order to architect, build, and maintain complex applications.

Students learn core computer science concepts and enterprise programming languages such as Java or C#.


Students spend the first 6 months completing the Kenzie Academy Front-End Web Developer curriculum. Students spend the second six months completing the Kenzie Academy Back-End Web Developer curriculum.

Technical topics include:

  • Advanced algorithms and data structures
  • Computer architecture
  • Memory hierarchy and its performance implications
  • Operating systems
  • Networking
  • Java
  • Design patterns
  • Object Relational Mapping
  • Enterprise systems and architecture