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Technology-training center opens in Stamford’s South End

March 19, 2019

STAMFORD — Technology-training firm General Assembly launched Monday its local center, in the Comradity co-working complex, at 845 Canal St., in the city’s South End.

The opening followed General Assembly’s announcement last December that it would roll out this year full-time courses in web development and data science at a site within walking distance of the downtown Stamford Metro-North station.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Comradity as we work together to build a highly-skilled and inclusive talent pipeline that can support Connecticut’s economic development in the years ahead,” Lizzie Livingston, General Assembly’s manager of instruction and education programs, said in a statement. “Their unique and state-of-the-art space is the ideal location for our Stamford campus, and will help foster an environment tailored towards creative learning and instruction.”

Founded in 2015 by husband-and-wife team Jim and Katherine Kern, Comradity has established itself as a hub for startups in a range of industries including consumer goods, media and information technology. Multinational companies such as GE and Spotify also hold meetings there.

“It is a compliment that General Assembly chose Comradity to deliver their 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 General Assembly said they would offer businesses a “24/7 Open Studio Membership,” which includes a 50 percent discount on General Assembly workshops and bootcamps.

Students admitted to the General Assembly’s Stamford programs must be Connecticut residents who are 18 or older and have at least a high school diploma or equivalent education.

A state-funded allocation of $1.25 million to General Assembly is supporting the new center.