Faculty and Advisors
A group of experienced, connected advocates for your success.
Brock Ellis, Director of Midland Code Academy
Brock is the General Manager of Sycamore Education, an online school management and student information software company in Fremont, and Chairman of Fremont Creative Collective. He is also a graduate of Midland University. Brock is an open web evangelist and full stack developer. He enjoys reading tech blogs, browsing Stack Overflow, and coding side projects in his spare time.
Jessica Applegate, Advisor
Jessica is the advisor for all Code Academy students, as part of the Midland University Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. Jessica is a graduate of University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and advises students throughout the Midland University Dunklau School of Business.
Mike Truax, Lead Faculty
Mike is an independent contractor focusing on full-stack development and tech consultation. He came to the tech world in a bit of a circuitous route. After being a casual coder for years, he left a successful 15-year career in retail management and jumped head first into the world of coding. He knows first hand that a career change into tech is obtainable at any stage in life.
He has a passion for coding and a drive to help others learn to code as well. He loves sharing his knowledge and having gone the self-taught route, he has plenty of successes (and even some failures) to share with the students to help them succeed.
Sebastian Blandon, Faculty
Sebastian is an experienced Software Developer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Full Stack software developer, Entrepreneurship, Scrum Master and Team Management, Sebastian brings relevant industry knowledge to the Code Academy.
Born in Medellin, Colombia, Sebastian used to work as a Crew Manager and first officer for a national Airline, before moving to the USA in 2012. There he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, and after worked in numerous industries applying software development and innovation using software for around 6 years. During that time, Sebastian has also been involved in five tech startups that are revenue positive and day by day solving problems to make those industries better.
Midland University Omaha
Located just off 114th & Dodge
In 2017, Midland opened a new location in central Omaha to better serve the graduate and professional students joining the University. This space includes conference rooms, class rooms, and meeting areas, with top-notch technology throughout the space to support an ideal learning environment.
All Code Academy classes are held at this location.
Midland University Omaha
11213 Davenport Street, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
There is an advantage to learning in-person.
We believe in-person code education within a cohort program, augmented with online tools and community, creates the ideal learning environment. Many employers don’t simply want talented developers, but people who understand how to operate within a team. We’ve baked this experience into our program, creating an environment in which students learn the skills to code within a group. We also believe that relationships are critical to students education and career. In-person training provides the opportunity to spend time with other cohort members, mentors, business leaders, and instructors.
- Build your network
- Feel supported
- Access to teachers
- Environment built for learning
- Structured program
- Motivation to start
- Access to local employers