DEVELOP Community Resources 

The following resources are available to help organizations and industry professionals develop their current skill set. Connect with them to find out how they can help you upskill your current workforce!


django girls - Grand Rapids

  • Community which organizes free programming workshops for women
  • Workshops that encourage attendees to learn a new skill set, help with a career change or learn a new programming language for their resume
  • For questions on how to get involved, contact Rachell Calhoun (
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Girl Develop It - Grand Rapids

  • Non profit organization which provides affordable and judgment free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development

  •  Provides resources to give women the tools necessary to become successful coders

  • To get involved by helping with a course or providing space for workshops, contact Shelby Tiche (


The Factory - coLearning

  • Brings small groups together to learn key skills in technology, design and entrepreneurship

  • Skill development for indivudals looking to get into IT or experienced industry professionals looking to hone their skills

  • Employers interested in training/partnership opportunities should contact Matt Visser (

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Grand Circus

  • Provides coding bootcamp training to prepare career changers for entry level positions
  • To learn more about the program or to become a hiring partner contact John Rumery (


New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

  • Provides computer training and certification preparation on a wide variety of programs

  • Autorized training partners for many vendors including Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, CompTIA and more.

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Software GR

  • Non profit dedicated to building and supporting the software design and development community in West Michigan

  • Programs include: speakers series, GLSEC Conference and Bitcamp

  • Software GR Alliance provides basic assistance to local user groups

  • For more information contact J. Tower (


Information Technology Management Association (ITMA)

  • ·Addresses the need to bring local IT leaders together to share their experiences, expertise and knowledge

  • Through member collaboration, facilitated meetings and expert presenters, members have access to a group of their peers that are leading IT departments across West Michigan

  • To join:

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West Michigan User Groups (Conga-WM)

  • Created to support the many special interest groups and organizations in West Michigan - there’s a group for pretty much any technology, enterprise, passion, or hobby you can think of
  • CONGA-WM is about helping these separate but similar groups and their members discover and work with each other, for the betterment of everyone involved
  • Keep tabs on when these groups meet and how you can get involved to continue to expand your skill set
  • Select learn more to read more about the over 20+ user groups in West Michigan