Learn to code this summer with BizStream Academy

Learn to code in BizStream's fun (and air-conditioned) office: BizStream Academy is an introduction to code in West Michigan. Learn useful web development skills from passionate mentors in a friendly, helpful environment. Get a mentor who will work with you to improve your code. Leave with new skills, a website you built yourself, and some super awesome swag. 


Harness the power of HTML to create the structure for all web pages.


Make your website look amazing with CSS. Learn Responsive techniques to so your website can be appreciated on all devices.


Learn how to use JavaScript (with the help of jQuery) to make your pages delightfully interactive.

Meet Your Mentors

Alli Treman

Alli taught herself HTML at age 12 and now she is the fearless leader of BizStream Academy. She used to build websites for the United States Congress, now she builds them for BizStream. (BizStream is way more fun.)

Ansel Pineiro

Ansel is a former BizStream Academy graduate turned mentor! BizStream Academy not only provided Ansel with the skills needed for his new career, but also a feline friend: Ansel rescued his cat, Callisto, during his academy commute.

Chris Hamm

Chris is a BizStream Academy success story. While he was looking for a way to switch careers into coding he stumbled upon BizStream Academy. He's super excited to come back to BizStream Academy as a mentor!

Shelby Tieche

Hey, y'all. Shelby, recently returning to the mitten from Texas, got into programming by creating her own MySpace layouts as a teenager. Then she took her skills to the next level at Michigan State. Not only is she a BizStream Academy mentor, but she's also a leader for Grand Rapids Girl Develop It chapter.

Stephanie Hofman

Stephanie learned to code in college after taking an intro to HTML/CSS course. She loves JavaScript, particulary the jQuery library. But more than that, she loves watermelon. Like, really loves watermelon.

Mark Schmidt

Mark, BizStream Co-Founder, created BizStream Academy in 2012 because he believes gaining practical experience is the most valuable trait someone going into the workforce can obtain. Now he works with returning students mentoring their SQL and Kentico skills.

What Our Students Are Saying

Did you enjoy your experience at Academy? Want to tell other people how awesome Academy is?! Click here to submit your own testimonial.

"BizStream Academy was really fun and I learned a LOT from it. It's a really chill environment and the instructors are always there to help you and answer any questions that you might have. Whenever the class would be done, I always wanted to do more coding and I couldn't wait for the next class to start."

Summer 2016

"I enjoyed learning about CSS and customization the most. This seemed like an area to express creativity and have fun with a website. It was overall really awesome. More companies should do something like this."

Summer 2016

"It was a fun and interactive experience that was very informative and entertaining. I feel that my experience in computer coding has been greatly raised."

Summer 2016

Summer 2017 Registration is Open!

We are offering 2, 3-week long sessions this summer for students age 14 and up. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 3-5pm students will learn the skills to build a website. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm students will have the option to come in and work on their project with help from Academy mentors. Students must bring their own laptop and arrange their own transportation to and from BizStream Academy.

SESSION 1 - June 12 - June 30
Mon, Weds, Fri - 3pm - 5pm
Optional: Tues, Thurs - 4pm - 5pm

SESSION 2 - August 7 - August 25
Mon, Weds, Fri - 3pm - 5pm
Optional: Tues, Thurs - 4pm - 5pm

Because each class builds on the previous one we ask that students be committed to attending all nine Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes. It's important to us that no one falls behind!

There is a $20 registration fee for BizStream Academy. After registration closes on June 1, you will receive a follow-up email with instructions for confirming your registration and paying your registration fee. We are also offering scholarships for those who cannot afford the registration fee and instructions for that will be included in the follow-up email.

Registration Closes June 1.

By submitting this form you understand that you will be placed on the waiting list, and you may not be placed in a session.

Independent Study

So you made it through the BizStream Academy course, but you still want to learn more about web development? Now what? BizStream Academy offers a guided but self-driven Independent Study course tailored specifically to what you want to learn. Based on your interests we will pair you up with one of our mentors.  You'll have the opportunity to work one on one on a project of your choosing.

Classroom Pictures!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to sign-up for BizStream Academy

Part of BizStream's mission is to give back to the community. By investing in you, we're helping to create a future community that's loaded with smart, highly-skilled geeks. This year we are asking for a $20 Registration Fee to ensure each student’s dedication to the program. If you find the registration fee to be a barrier please contact us to apply for a scholarship.

What do I need to attend BizStream Academy?

All you need is transportation to and from BizStream (located in Allendale, Michigan) and your own laptop. (If you do not have your own laptop and would like to attend, please let us know.)

What is BizStream Academy?

BizStream Academy is a place for those interested in technology. Here, you learn about programming in an interactive and hands-on environment. BizStream believes in giving back to the community and created this free program to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for technology with the next generation of programmers, web developers, and designers.

Where is BizStream Academy located?

BizStream Academy is located at BizStream's Allendale, Michigan, office. Feel free to stop by and visit!

11480 53rd Ave. 
Suite A
Allendale, MI 49401

Who is BizStream?

The BizStream team is passionate about the web and technologies surrounding the web. It's our duty to make the web a better place by using our talents to help businesses of all kinds. Visit www.BizStream.com to learn more.

Who is the ideal student for BizStream Academy?

BizStream Academy candidates should be self-motivated and driven with a passion for technology. Success in this kind of environment requires focus, discipline, and enthusiasm. You don't have to know any programming (that's what you're coming to learn!) but you should have a basic understanding of computers: how folders work, how to copy and paste, and how to surf the web are important skills for starting out.

What can I do to support BizStream Academy?

BizStream Academy is a non-profit program that runs using donated time, tools, and resources. We rely on donations to make BizStream Academy the best as it can be. Support our programs here.

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