Amazon and Strayer Education’s New York Code + Design Academy Unveil New Partnership Model Enabling Developers to Build Practical ‘Skills’ for Alexa-Enabled Devices

First-ever in-person curriculum gives up-and-coming developers the
opportunity to build and publish Alexa Skills in Ruby

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) is pleased to announce the first
in a series of future partnerships that its New
York Code + Design Academy
(NYCDA) has established with digital
companies in order to provide students with real-world application
building experience. Through a collaboration with Amazon, NYCDA is
offering developers an opportunity to build and publish voice-enabled
skills using the Alexa
Skills Kit
(ASK). The curriculum for the course, titled “Voice
Activated Apps 101 with Amazon Alexa
,” was built by NYCDA working
with the Amazon Alexa team and will be the first in-person training on
building Alexa skills in Ruby.

“Through our recent acquisition of NYCDA, Strayer Education has
committed itself to offering innovative coding and design curricula that
are built and taught by some of the best developers in the world,” said
Karl McDonnell, CEO of Strayer Education, Inc. “NYCDA’s educational
partnership with Amazon illustrates the value of this model, and we
couldn’t be happier to offer such a unique curriculum for NYC’s robust
community of developers.”

The NYCDA/Amazon course is now open for enrollment and will run from
August 9, 2016 to September 27, 2016. Meetings will take place on
Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET at NYCDA’s headquarters in New
York City and be taught by the NYCDA Co-Founder and Chief Academic
Officer, Zach Feldman. Feldman, a highly active member of the developer
community and one of the first members to access the Alexa developer
preview of Amazon’s Alexa Development Program, approached the Alexa team
this past spring with the idea to launch a collaborative course. The
idea immediately resonated with the Alexa team and quickly turned into
the eight-week long curriculum being offered today.

“As an early adopter of Amazon’s voice-activated technologies, I have
experienced the way that voice-activated apps are changing the ways in
which we live and do business,” said Feldman. “Being able to develop
these types of apps is a powerful currency for the future, and one that
the NYCDA is pleased to offer to our students. Further, empowering our
students to not only build these apps but publish them for wide, global
use by one of the most innovative technology brands in the world and its
subscribers is a tremendous benefit for them and our academy.”

Students who participate in the Voice Activated Apps course will start
by gaining an understanding of the ASK infrastructure and move on to
building an Alexa skill together as a class through the developer
language of Ruby and the Sinatra web application framework. The course
will culminate in an independent final project and upon certification,
the publishing of the student’s first skill in the Alexa App.

“We look forward to our collaboration with the NYCDA, which will open
the door for more innovations from developers on Alexa,” said Rob
Pulciani, Director, Amazon Alexa. “It’s a first-of-its-kind curriculum,
designed specifically for voice-enabled experiences, and will teach
students how to use the Alexa Skills Kit to develop high-quality, fun
and unique skills.”

The New York Code + Design Academy, a provider of non-degree web and
mobile app development courses, was recently acquired by Strayer
Education on January 13, 2016. The NYCDA now operates as a wholly owned
subsidiary of Strayer Education, Inc. and will maintain its current
headquarters and management team based in New York City.

To learn more about NYCDA or to enroll in NYCDA’s new “Voice Activated
Apps 101 with Amazon Alexa” course, go to

About The New York Code + Design Academy

The New York Code + Design Academy is a technology education
provider with a mission to teach everyone to code. Founded in 2012 and
now operating under Strayer Education, Inc., NYCDA provides intensive
full-time and evening part-time courses for adults, and summer season
camps for kids and teens. Its Web Development Intensive retrains adult
learners, preparing them for careers in technology. NYCDA also teaches
innovative new technologies like AngularJS and React to more experienced

About Strayer Education, Inc.

Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) is an education services holding
company that owns Strayer University and the New York Code and Design
Academy. For more information on Strayer Education, Inc. visit


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