Programming School
in the Heart of Downtown Tulsa

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Our Commitment

Holberton is dedicated to providing its students a unique hands-on education and training experience for in-demand computer science careers while creating an accessible learning environment that helps transform their lives and add value to their communities.

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Our Mission

Holberton School is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of a developing and expanding society in a highly advanced technological community. Our mission is to provide learners with the skills and technical knowledge needed for initial employment in entry-level positions.

The institution is committed to preparing students academically and professionally to meet the constantly changing employment requirements needed to be successful in a career in software engineering.

Our History

Holberton School was founded in San Francisco, CA by Sylvain Kalache and Julien Barbier to solve a problem they observed all over the tech world.

The co-founders set out to create a new model: one that taught students to think and learn like the best programmers, one that helped students develop soft skills to get them noticed in interviews and throughout their careers, and one with a curriculum developed to give students practical experience.

The Tulsa, OK campus opened in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF). In 2020, Holberton developed new programs with commencement in early 2021. In summer 2022, GKFF became the sole owner of Holberton School.

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Our Campus

Holberton School Tulsa is a standalone building located in the Arts District of Tulsa, OK. The building was designed with exposed brick, representing the historical architecture of Tulsa.

The school is approximately 9,000 square feet and boasts six peer learning rooms, two meeting rooms, a conference room, a resource center, an event space, a kitchen, a lounge, a separate rest area, a bike rack, and a locker area.

The annex is located directly behind the school and is approximately 17,000 square feet. The space includes 12 peer learning rooms, seven meeting rooms, a large kitchen, six phone booths, additional lounge spaces, an open student workspace that seats 118 people, and a patio with sweeping views of Downtown Tulsa.

Our Community

We are deeply committed to ensuring the success of our Tulsa community. That’s why we work with local organizations to create strong pathways into the technology industry for people, regardless of where they’re coming from. Our investment ranges from sponsoring local events to partnering with organizations to encourage accessible and inclusive STEM education for children and adults alike.

Holberton Forges a Path for Tulsa

The technology industry is an enormous source of employment opportunities for skilled individuals, especially as the specialization of fields within computer science continues to grow. This provides opportunities in established and developing fields as technology continues to transform the way we communicate, interpret data, and conduct business.

Holberton Tulsa is helping build the next generation of tech workers to fill this expanding industry and support the growth of Tulsa’s workforce.

Who is Holberton?

Holberton School draws inspiration from its namesake, Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Holberton (1917-2001), one of the six programmers on the first programmable computer, ENIAC.

In an environment where engineering and scientific research were considered to be jobs for males, programming (which was mistakenly considered to be clerical work at the time), was left to six female workers, who weren’t even allowed to see the computer!

Betty Holberton was one of the selected staff. She proved to be incredibly talented, putting down the foundations of what would later become modern-day software engineering and went on to achieve numerous other historical breakthroughs.

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