Open Source School: 6 months later

6 months ago saw the birth of the Open Source School. As a founding partner of the OSS, SensioLabs is proud to update you on the latest news.

This project, an initiative of EPSI and the Smile Group, is designed to train tomorrow’s Open Source leaders. It is the first real school of its kind, offering not only higher education and an actual degree in Open Source as an important field of study for our future, but also continuing education courses for professionals. The program meets a growing need for legitimate professionalization of the Open Source sector in which expert graduates with applicable skills are few and far between.  The first class of new talent will enter the ecosystem this September and between 100 and 120 students are expected. They will choose their preferred campus in one of several large French cities. In the last 6 months, the OSS has opened 6 campuses and courses will be offered in Paris, Lille, Nantes, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Lyon. The basic curriculum for training developers and Open Source project managers runs 3 years and also includes programs for entrepreneurs.

Further projects are underway including Moocs (Massive Open Online Courses). 4 will be offered before the end of 2016, and eventually fifteen will complete the catalog. Hundreds of training materials will be available online, fully adopting the typical open “reusable” (re)source style and will cover both conventional and advanced technologies. In addition, the OSS will propose initial, beginning level courses as well as continuing education courses focused on helping students re-integrate the workforce.  Within 3 years, the Open Source School estimates the enrollment of 500 students registered and studying.

We’ll check in again in a few weeks to update you with more information on the new class that promises new talent for the French free software market. As a partner in the inception and creation of this school, we are truly proud and impatient to welcome the first class of students to school this Autumn.

For more information on the OSS, please watch the video presentation of the school .

Online registration, Choose your campus .