TechAlabama is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting science, technology and math education and career development. It was founded in 2015 by TechBirmingham president Jennifer Skjellum. Deontée Gordon, who had succeeded Skjellum at TechBirmingham, was named CEO of TechAlabama in April 2019. The organizations share offices at the Innovation Depot.
In 2020 TechAlabama launched Ed Farm as its signature program, operating from the Forbes Building at 1914 4th Avenue North. Ed Farm conducts educational courses for Birmingham City Schools students and faculty, as well as for adult learners. The program is supported by Apple Inc.'s Community Education Initiative and built around its "Everyone Can Code" curriculum and its "Swift" programming language. Apple CEO Tim Cook attended the dedication of the Ed Farm space in February 2020. The program was initially headed by Chris McCauley. Waymond Jackson was hired as CEO of Ed Farm in April 2020. In early 2021 Ed Farm announced that it had partnered with Apple Inc. and Southern Company to launch the Atlanta-based Propel Center to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities with institutional support for curriculum development, technology, career development and other resources.
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- Patchen, Tyler (April 3, 2020) "Waymond Jackson named CEO of Ed Farm." Birmingham Business Journal
- Patchen, Tyler (January 13, 2021) "Ed Farm teams with Apple, Southern Co. on global hub for HBCUs." Birmingham Business Journal
- Patchen, Tyler (January 20, 2021) "Ed Farm CEO on the new Propel Center." Birmingham Business Journal