Gangplank Academy

Academy is the educational branch of Gangplank.The average worker will have multiple careers in a lifetime. More than ever before, the economic sustainability of a community is based on a workforce that is able to change, adapt, and acquire new skills. Unfortunately, we cannot look just to universities to solve this problem. Information is changing at a pace too rapid for university curriculum departments to keep up. We strive to provide current educational opportunities taught by local experts. Gangplank believes in exploring new models for continuing education, workforce replacement programs, and corporate training.

At Gangplank one of our core values is learning over expertise. We seek excellence and recognize the only way to get there is to continuously challenge ourselves. We seek to make each other better and embrace constructive feedback. Upon entering Gangplank you are expected to teach, as well as to learn. Our day-to-day activities reflect this culture of mutual education.

Academy classes are designed to be experiential with a variety of opportunities to participate. Another Gangplank core value is participation over observation. We strive to give participants real world application and a chance to practice what they have learned and gain constructive feedback from others.

 Academy

Gangplank Academy offers non-traditional courses for participants who wish to expand their knowledge in a variety of subjects including business, technology, science, art, music, and communication. Many of the programs and events that are part of Academy overlap with other initiatives providing those who run these programs the chance to demonstrate breaking down silos and collaboration as they work together to promote continuous learning within the community.

Brownbag Speaker Series: The best advice comes from those who have been there – that is the philosophy behind our weekly brownbag series. Gangplank locations invite leaders in their local communities to share their expertise, successes they have enjoyed, as well as lessons learned and failures experienced. This weekly series includes a wide range of topics from Ruby on Rails to community gardening.

To view prior brownbags, check out the brownbag playlist on our youtube channel:

Recent Posts

Gangplank Guilt-free Book Club: August Recap and September Book Announced

Did you know that Gangplank Chandler is host to a “guilt-free” book club? Guilt free means that you can (and should) participate whether you read the book or not. Discussion [ ... ]

Dan Chouinard: Growing a Green Building Company

For the August 13th, 2014 Brownbag, Gangplank Chandler welcomed Dan Chouinard to talk about Building a Green Company. Dan brought more props than I’ve ever seen for a Brownbag. Check [ ... ]

Jeremy Scott: Success w/ Social Couponing

Gangplank Chandler welcomed Gangplank regular and leader Jeremy Scott on August 6th, 2014 for our weekly Brownbag. He shared with us what his company, Bonanza Educational learned while running social [ ... ]

Upcoming Events

11/03 12:00am
iOS 7 App Developer Boot Camp (16 Week Course)
@ Gangplank Chandler

This app developers boot camp is for beginners with little programming experience or experienced programmers who want to learn how to develop iOS apps in Objective C using Xcode. During the 16 week you will spend about 8 hours each week watching video’s & doing programming, then each week on Monday nights we will meet at 7PM at Gangplank in Chandler to answer questions & discuss our work. 32 hours of high quality video lectures are included in the course & distributed into 429 lessons. Students will build 14 apps during the 16 weeks & have a portfolio of apps to show prospective employers. Materials for this course are based on an online class that normally cost $499 but the instructors have agreed to let our boot camp students buy for only $20. You will need an Intel-based Mac with OS X Snow Leopard or later installed. The class is based on iOS 7 & Xcode 5.

Gangplank does have iMacs you can use during open hours.

11/05 12:00am
Brownbag: KellyAnn Bonnell & Jeremy Scott - Brownbags Revamped & Intro to Learning Loops
@ Gangplank Chandler

Nearly 500 Gangplank Brownbags have introduced our community to new ideas, new skills, and important topics in their community. As the Brownbag grew in size and scope, its reach grew so wide that its impact spread too thin. Into 2015, we are challenging the community to adopt a new approach to the Brownbag with Learning Loops. Jeremy Scott and KellyAnn Bonnel, a local expert in informal learning, will introduce us to this format and KellyAnn will prime us on Learning Loops, and get us ready for the new Brownbag format in 2015.

About KellyAnn Bonnell: The former Executive Director of the educational nonprofit, Serendipity Educational Resources and educational consultant for entertainment company Early On Productions, KellyAnn Bonnell brings an eclectic knowledge base to our organization. With fifteen years experience in educational quality improvement training and technical assistance, she specializes in helping organizations align their operations with best practices. Her clients have included small entrepreneurial companies and multinational corporations.

About Jeremy Scott: Jeremy Scott is the co-founder of Gangplank resident company Bonanza Educational. He is also a regular in the Arizona Entrepreneurship and creative community. He is no stranger to the brownbag stage, with past talks covering topics from Chandler history, forming a business at aged 16, digitalizing accounting records, social couponing, and more.

11/10 12:00am
iOS 7 App Developer Boot Camp (16 Week Course)
@ Gangplank Chandler

This app developers boot camp is for beginners with little programming experience or experienced programmers who want to learn how to develop iOS apps in Objective C using Xcode. During the 16 week you will spend about 8 hours each week watching video’s & doing programming, then each week on Monday nights we will meet at 7PM at Gangplank in Chandler to answer questions & discuss our work. 32 hours of high quality video lectures are included in the course & distributed into 429 lessons. Students will build 14 apps during the 16 weeks & have a portfolio of apps to show prospective employers. Materials for this course are based on an online class that normally cost $499 but the instructors have agreed to let our boot camp students buy for only $20. You will need an Intel-based Mac with OS X Snow Leopard or later installed. The class is based on iOS 7 & Xcode 5.

Gangplank does have iMacs you can use during open hours.

11/17 12:00am
iOS 7 App Developer Boot Camp (16 Week Course)
@ Gangplank Chandler

This app developers boot camp is for beginners with little programming experience or experienced programmers who want to learn how to develop iOS apps in Objective C using Xcode. During the 16 week you will spend about 8 hours each week watching video’s & doing programming, then each week on Monday nights we will meet at 7PM at Gangplank in Chandler to answer questions & discuss our work. 32 hours of high quality video lectures are included in the course & distributed into 429 lessons. Students will build 14 apps during the 16 weeks & have a portfolio of apps to show prospective employers. Materials for this course are based on an online class that normally cost $499 but the instructors have agreed to let our boot camp students buy for only $20. You will need an Intel-based Mac with OS X Snow Leopard or later installed. The class is based on iOS 7 & Xcode 5.

Gangplank does have iMacs you can use during open hours.

11/24 12:00am
iOS 7 App Developer Boot Camp (16 Week Course)
@ Gangplank Chandler

This app developers boot camp is for beginners with little programming experience or experienced programmers who want to learn how to develop iOS apps in Objective C using Xcode. During the 16 week you will spend about 8 hours each week watching video’s & doing programming, then each week on Monday nights we will meet at 7PM at Gangplank in Chandler to answer questions & discuss our work. 32 hours of high quality video lectures are included in the course & distributed into 429 lessons. Students will build 14 apps during the 16 weeks & have a portfolio of apps to show prospective employers. Materials for this course are based on an online class that normally cost $499 but the instructors have agreed to let our boot camp students buy for only $20. You will need an Intel-based Mac with OS X Snow Leopard or later installed. The class is based on iOS 7 & Xcode 5.

Gangplank does have iMacs you can use during open hours.