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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 The Staff

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.

Michelle Lentz

Michelle takes on BizStream Academy’s marketing efforts and administration responsibilities. Michelle is mother of two adorable girls, Elliott Sage and Harper Willow. In addition to her office and mom duties, Michelle is our peace-loving hippie with an affinity for sustainable practices, vegetarianism, and organic living.

Shelby Tieche

Hey, y'all. Shelby recently returned 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.

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!

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

" BizStream Academy was a lot of fun. I enjoyed learning about the different types of code, and watching my website become more and more advanced. I like that I now know how to create a website without using a pre-setup website like Weebly or Google Sites."


"The best part of BizStream Academy is the people. Working with the BizStream crew and the other students made the experience so much fun! BizStream Academy was a huge help to me because I do a lot of work on my robotics teams' website. Learning all this cool stuff inspired me and my team to completely redesign our website with the help of BizStream! Overall, it was such a great experience."

Summer 2014

Registration for Bizstream academy 2018 is now open!

Registrations for our Summer 2018 sessions are currently open! We will be offering two three-week introductory sessions. Each student will leave with the skills to create a basic website, and tons of resources for learning more.

Classes for each session are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST. Please note we have limited seats available. Registrations are on a first-come-first-serve basis. If the BizStream Academy Square Store shows the session you want as "sold out" then that session is full.  You may still complete the registration form below to be placed on a wait list.

Please complete the following steps to secure your spot at BizStream Academy:

  1. Complete the registration form below.
  2. Pay the $20 registration fee for your chosen session by visiting our BizStream Academy Square Store
If you have any problems meeting the registration fee please contact us at BizStream.Academy.Staff@bizstream.com. We have a limited number of scholarships available to make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in BizStream Academy! 


Session 1
June 11-29
3pm - 5pm
Session 2
July 23 - August 10
3pm - 5pm

If you have any questions please email us at BizStream.Academy.Staff@bizstream.com. We're super excited for some awesome coding this summer!


*Important Note: Due to the learning curve and the pace of the classes, students must be at least 14 years old to attend BizStream Academy.

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

We believe every student should have the opportunity to learn to code which is why we try to keep BizStream Academy as barrier-free as possible. Donations help us continuously improve BizStream Academy by streamlining the courses and providing students with efficient software and other technologies.

If you would like to support the mission of BizStream Academy please visit our Support Page for more information.

What is the mission of BizStream Academy?

We are a nonprofit focused on inspiring youth and beyond in lifelong learning, advancing technological knowledge, and strengthening our communities through a culture of collaboration.

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.
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