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DevTrax: Entrepreneurial and Workforce Development

Throughout each year, Cohab offers classes, workshops, and bootcamps in a variety of subjects. Please see below for upcoming classes.

Have a business you need to grow? Want to start a new business and find success? Know you have a great product or service, but realizing there’s more to it than that? Are you stuck?


Get unstuck and have fun learning from Shreveport-Bossier’s best and brightest with Cohab’s NewVenture class!


In this class, we’ll be venturing out into the community to see how successful entrepreneurs are doing it right and discussing how that relates to your business. We’ll visit local businesses like Twisted Root Burger, Red River Brewing Company, and Rhino Coffee to see how they’re implementing the best practices you’re learning. There might even be an opportunity for a burger and a pint along the way.


This course will cover the most important elements you need to focus on to make your business successful, from subjects like market analysis and financial set up to less tangible, but no less important topics like living the entrepreneurial life and what that means for you and your family.


Build the knowledge base you need to succeed. Meet your peers. Walk away with a business plan. And most importantly, enjoy doing it, with NewVenture at Cohab.

About the Instructor: John Grindley is a Kauffman trained FastTrac instructor and the Executive Director of Cohab. John works daily with the startups and small businesses of Shreveport-Bossier to help them find success in Northwest Louisiana and beyond.

Building a Successful Business with Kauffman NewVenture
February 23rd - April 26th


  • Subject: Business Development

  • Length: 10 weeks

  • Effort: 3 hours/week in class 

  • 1 – 2 hours/week independent outside of class

  • Out of class work: Recommended

  • Learning Tools: Local Business Visits, Case Studies, Discussion, Hands on Development, Guest Speakers, Out of Class Assignments

  • Location: Cohab, 500 Clyde Fant Parkway, Suite 200 Shreveport, LA 71101

  • Price: $1,000 (Payment plans and scholarships available)

  • Goals: Learn the ins and outs of running a successful business from those who have done it.

Cracking the Code – The Basics of Breaking into North Louisiana’s Technology Industry

Start your path to a better career in technology with Cracking the Code, The Basics of Breaking into North Louisiana’s Technology Industry.


This course will cover the basics you need for a strong foundation in the technology industry. Topics covered will include applications, languages, frameworks, debugging, databases, web development, and beyond. What’s more, the class is taught to help you find success right here in Shreveport-Bossier with tips and talks from insiders who know the industry and the market.


Build the knowledge base you need to succeed. Get your hands on basic coding. Get first access to job-shadowing and internship opportunities. Get on the right path with Cracking the Code: The Basics of Breaking in North Louisiana’s Technology Industry.


Cracking the Code: The Basics of Breaking into North Louisiana’s Technology Industry is presented in partnership with local technology company SkyCoach. With as few as one person, SkyCoach provides instant replays to football coaches immediately after the whistle blows. This awesome coaching tool can also be used to review pictures of formations.


  • Subject: Software Engineering

  • Length: 10 weeks

  • Meets:Tuesday & Thursday, 6 - 9pm

  • Effort: 6 hours/week in class 

  • 8 – 10 hours/week independent outside of class

  • Out of class work: Required

  • Learning Tools: Classroom Discussion, Hands on Development, Guest Speakers, Out of Class Assignments

  • Location: Enterprise Computing Services, 347 W Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 

  • Price: $2,000 (Payment plans)

  • Goals: Develop the strong foundation you need to begin your path to a career in Shreveport-Bossier’s technology industry.

About the Instructors: 

John Macy is a software developer at SkyCoach, LLC. He is native to the area, going to school at Caddo Magnet followed by LSUS. He has a Bachelors of Science in computer science from LSUS. John has worked for Praeses, Synapse Development Group, and most recently Skycoach. He has developed mobile, desktop, and web applications with technologies including IOS, Objective C, Android, Java, .NET, HTML, Javascript, and Coldfusion.


Jeremiah Slack is the software technical lead at SkyCoach, LLC.  He is a graduate of LSUS with a Bachelors of Science in computer science.  Jeremiah started programming in his early teens and started his professional career in software development just prior to enrolling in college.  Since then he has also worked for other Shreveport based companies such as Praeses and Synapse Development Group.  He has worked with various desktop and web related technologies with a focus on architecting scalable software applications and services.

March 1st - May 3rd
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Gold Level Supporters 

The Alta and John Franks Foundation

Caddo Parish

The City of Shreveport

The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Foundation

Louisiana Economic Development

The Shreveport Times

Silver Level Supporters

The Committee of 100

Douglas F. & Marion S. Attaway Foundation

Jim Malsch




Bronze Level Supporters

Origin Bank

Bluebird Broadband Services

ActionCOACH of Northwest Louisiana
Langley, Parks, Horton & Maxwell, LLC

Heard, McElroy & Vestal

500 Clyde Fant Parkway, STE 200

Shreveport, LA 71101




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