Rob began the task of reaching out to potential students and tech companies to determine if this idea had any merit. After getting a tremendous response from the local community, he began to set plans in motion and LEARN academy became a reality. Chelsea Kaufman, Rob’s wife, had been hearing about this idea for quite some time when it became apparent that she would be a crucial element to its success. Having spent over ten years in education and nonprofit management, she understood how to build education programs from the ground up, how to strengthen communities, and how to manage and lead a business. The LEARN academy website went live in Fall 2014 and classes began in January 2015.