Education Evangelist / Founder
Bruce Batky is the founder of Skill Distillery. He grew up in New York and received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering as well as a minor in Computer Science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. After twelve years as a software developer and a few years as an instructor at Hewlett-Packard, he decided it was time to launch his first start-up. He co-founded the computer training company Batky -Howell, which has trained over 40,000 students on the latest technologies. Bruce also co-founded a computer courseware publishing company, ITCourseware.com. Bruce’s high school computer class sparked his interest in programming. He is passionate about the need for programming training, even for those that do not plan to make it a career. Bruce currently resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two children, and he enjoys skiing and mountain biking.
Co-Founder / School Director
With a career spanning across technology and education platforms, Cole Frock has developed a talent for managing complex sales and developing major teals. Recognizing a key weakness in the IT training model, he worked within training giant Batky-Howell to develop a new kind of education program designed to ready people for competitive 21st century jobs. Focused on Java, Skill Distillery is a 19 week training bootcamp built to jump-start peoples careers. Together with mentor Bruce Batky, Skill Distillery set out to become certified by the VA to accept the GI BillⓇ to train veterans in Java computer programming. Prior to founding Skill Distillery Frock lead Business Development director for Batky-Howell. Having worked with a variety of Fortune 100 corporations as well as start-up companies, Frock is passionate about helping others reach their goals and takes special care to guide students from their first day through graduation and on to successful careers.
Steve joined Skill Distillery after over fifteen years as a Java developer, working on front and backend systems at startups, corporations, and nonprofits. Before coming to Colorado, he attended the University of Michigan on an academic scholarship, earning a degree in Computer Engineering. Though his degree says CE, his passion is teaching. Steve brings energy and encouragement to the classroom, with a particular enthusiasm for test-driven development and the Spring framework. He is dedicated to challenging his students, pushing them toward success, and getting an occasional laugh. His favorite joke goes, ``how can you tell if someone runs marathons? Don't worry, they'll tell you.`` So far he's run over twenty.
Andrew has been with Skill Distillery since 2015. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. While pursuing his degree, he was introduced to the world of programming using C++, Visual Basic, and MATLAB. A natural curiosity to learn as well as a propensity for problem solving sparked his interest in the software development field. After graduating, Andrew moved to Colorado to have access to the outdoors. He is an avid snowboarder and a fitness enthusiast. He brings a natural ability to instruct and engage students in the process of learning and problem solving.
Rob's first hacking was on an Apple II in high school, and writing BASIC over a 300-baud modem to the district's computer. He taught himself Pascal to do his Numerical Analysis homework while getting a degree in Physical Science with Math and Chemistry minors at Colorado State. After getting a software QA job, he quickly picked up C, SQL, and UNIX shell programming, developing software and administering systems. While teaching database administration to customers he discovered the joy and satisfaction of teaching and soon joined Batky-Howell as an instructor and author, writing and teaching courses in UNIX topics, Oracle Database programming and administration, Web, C, Perl, Java, and Android Programming. He loves teaching because he knows how exciting and satisfying it is to learn, and says he still learns something new in every class he teaches.
Kris's passion for Web Development started in 2009 when he started updating Denver Film Society's website with sponsor information. Since then he has furthered not only his HTML/CSS/JS skills, but also ventured into full stack development with Ruby on Rails, NodeJS, and Java Spring. Now his passion is creating RESTful services and consuming them with awesome front-end frameworks like AngularJS. Having originally obtained a Political Science degree only to find his calling in code in his 20s, he will be the first to tell you that it is never too late to determine what you want to be when you grow up. He is a lifelong learner who enjoys exploring new technologies and joined Skill Distillery as an Instructor so that he could share his joy of discovery with others.