Today, I am thrilled to share that the Holberton School Tulsa broke ground recently on our new 18,000+ square-foot campus annex, which will more than double the size of our current campus.
We are excited to break ground on this new space, as our expanded campus will have a tremendous impact on our students, Tulsa and the state. Thanks to this expansion, we will be able to welcome hundreds of additional students per year and provide a world-class learning environment that fosters peer learning and collaboration.
Located near the Downtown Tulsa Arts District, our new campus annex will serve as a world-class learning environment that fosters peer learning and collaboration. Building features include gathering spaces for community partners and a roof deck with sweeping views of downtown Tulsa.
Much of what we’ve been able to accomplish in Tulsa is because of the support of the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation since our launch in January of 2020. Thanks to their generous support, we’ve been able to offer up to $1,500 monthly need based living assistance to eligible students and have incentives for students to remain in Tulsa upon graduation.
For Holberton graduates, staying in the Tulsa metro area is a no brainer. First, Tulsa boasts a 61% lower cost of living than big cities like New York and a 43% lower median house price than the national average. And Tulsa is placing a big bet on engaging strategies to build and attract startups and technology talent with the goal of building Tulsa into a regional technology hub. Tulsa Remote, for example, has attracted over 500 remote workers just in the last two years. Black Tech Street is building a coalition of Black talent and businesses. Tulsa Innovation Labs is growing economic development programs aimed at establishing Tulsa as the nation’s most inclusive tech community. And, of course, Holberton joins the mix as an example focused on producing the next generation of software engineers.
With over 100 students and a new campus annex on the way, we are just getting started in Tulsa!