January 26, 2015
Pluralsight, the online platform committed to providing continued learning for professional software developers, IT specialists, and creative technologists around the world, has announced today that it has acquired Code School, one of the top resources on the Internet for programming education. The acquisition is valued at $36 million and is Pluralsight’s sixth within an 18-month span, having acquired the skills assessment platform Smarterer last November.
“We recognize there are numerous ways to learn and are committed to bringing new learning styles to the Pluralsight family of products,” said Pluralsight cofounder and CEO Aaron Skonnard, in a statement. “Code School has differentiated itself as a fun, efficient, hands-on way to learn, offering introductory to advanced courses that are really effective. Together we will continue to help professionals remain relevant and ensure businesses stay on top of the latest trends and technologies.”
Through this acquisition, Pluralsight now offers a expansive range of coding courses for all learning styles. Acquiring Code School gives students access to entry-level courses in development – something that was previously unavailable on Pluralsight. As a celebration of the acquisition, those who register on the platform between today (January 26) and January 30 will receive 72 hours of free access to all the courses offered on Code School, Pluralsight, and Digital-Tutors (which offers training courses for designers, digital artists, and other creatives).
Code School was founded in 2011 and created a teaching method focused on interactive learning. In the past year, the platform has doubled its membership to more than 1 million developers – with 15 percent of those developers leveraging the new skills they learned through Code School to get promotions or find new jobs. On top of offering 72 hours of free access to course material, Code School plans to release one Pluralsight course for 10 consecutive weeks on its site, allowing prospective learners to go through and explore different topics in technology in which they may find interest.
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