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Technology-training center opens in Stamford’s South End

The General Assembly technology training firm launched its local center in the joint work complex of Comradity at 845 Canal St., at the southern end of the city.

The opening follows the announcement by the General Assembly last December that this year it would begin to give full-time courses in web development and data science on a site a short distance from the main Metro-North train station in Stamford. Comradity operates approximately 1 mile from the downtown transportation hub.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with Comradity as we work together to build a stream of highly qualified and inclusive talent that can support Connecticut’s economic development in the years to come,” said Lizzie Livingston, education and education program manager for the General Assembly. , declaration. “Its unique and modern space is the ideal location for our Stamford campus and will help foster an environment suited to creative learning and instruction.”

Opened in 2015 by the husband and wife team Jim and Katherine Kern, Comradity has established itself as a hub for startups in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, media and information technology. Multinational companies like GE and Spotify also have meetings there.

“It is a compliment that the General Assembly chose Comradity to provide its exceptional learning experience,” Jim Kern said in a statement. Katherine Kern cited Comradity’s belief that “businesses flourish when they are open-minded, collaborative and provide opportunities for growth.”

Comradity and the General Assembly said they would offer companies a “open study membership 24/7” plan, which includes a 50 percent discount on General Assembly workshops and “training camps.”

A state-funded $ 1.25 million appropriation for the General Assembly is supporting the new center. The state provides the same amount of funds to an equivalent program, administered by Tech Talent South, in Hartford.

Overall, the General Assembly and Tech Talent South are expected to enroll some 400 students by the year 2020.

General Assemly, based in Manhattan, has campuses in many cities, such as New York, Boston, Providence, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Denver and Washington.

“With our campus in Manhattan, we saw a lot of demand from people in Connecticut,” General Assembly President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Kirkpatrick said in a recent interview. “Given that there are now so many technology jobs, we said: ‘Why do not we have a campus here in Connecticut?'”

The demand for technology professionals continues to grow, as several companies have announced large expansions in Connecticut.

Last December, the job search firm Indeed agreed to add another 500 jobs at its offices in downtown Stamford, where about 900 are now working. The announcement followed a separate plan launched last year to create 500 jobs.

In fact, it intends to increase its Stamford quota to around 1,700 by the end of 2031.

Last September, IT and research consultancy Gartner announced that it would add 400 jobs over the next five years to its headquarters in the Waterside neighborhood of Stamford. The company employs approximately 1,200 employees in the main offices and nearly 100 in other parts of the state.

Another IT company, Infosys, announced in March 2018 that it would open a center in Hartford, with the goal of employing around 1,000 in the next four years.

More than $ 50 million in state subsidies are cumulatively supporting the projects in Indeed, Gartner and Infosys.