About Burlington Code Academy

What We Do

The future of work is evolving at the speed of technology and it’s time for education to keep pace.

When you sign onto a Burlington Code Academy course, you can see what the future of education looks like: students working together to solve complex problems in an environment that mirrors the modern workplace.

With a dedicated staff of expert instructors, technologists and career strategists, we combine technology education with career training to ensure that you succeed as a team member, life-long learner, and in your transition to a new career.

Who We Are

Founded in 2017 by Benny Boas (CEO) and Alex Horner (COO), Burlington Code Academy was born out of a shared vision: to create an accessible technology school that always gives students a return on their investment.

The school has since earned a reputation as a leading center for career transformation and technology education. BCA's award winning education programs emphasize teamwork, career-readiness and the importance of collaborative learning.

Our Team

Benny Boas


Benny is a designer, runner, education entrepreneur and technology nerd. Before founding BCA, Benny worked as a user experience designer for a range of Fortune 500 clients across the US.

Alex Horner


With a background in product development and business administration, Alex has a penchant for leading technology teams focused on social impact.

Joshua Burke

Director of Education

Josh is a professional software developer, local JavaScript legend, and passionate technologist. Josh is also a former instructor, self-taught coder, and a professionally trained educator.

Heather Belcher


With a deep background in accounting, entrepreneurship, and financial planning, Heather is a problem solver, DIY'er, constant learner, operations director, and sustainability enthusiast.

Rick Machanic

Rick Machanic

UX Program Manager

Serial entrepreneur, CEO, UX design professional, husband and dad. Founder/CEO of digital agency Tag New Media, and current UX Design Program Manager at Burlington Code Academy.

Etienne Morris

Career Coach

Etienne is a professional career coach and recruiter with loves to help her clients gain the confidence to OWN their career journeys.

Instructor Bob Stauss

Bob Stauss

Programming Instructor

Bob is a Burlington Code Academy graduate who joined the team as an instructor after many successful runs as a teaching assistant. Bob is also an artist, historian, teacher, and lover.

Sadie Goldfarb

Community Coordinator

Sadie's role as Community Coordinator allows her to do what she loves: connect people!⁠ When Sadie isn't working, she enjoys cooking new recipes, amusing her cats with string and frolicking in the snow!⁠

Nickolas Castle

Jr. Software Developer

Nick has a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in Computer Science and is a graduate of BCA's Summer 2019 Software Development Bootcamp.