Meet Levi, one of 13 students in the first cohort at Emerging Digital Academy (EDA). 


Levi grew up in Morrisville, Vermont and took about a years worth of college courses before moving to Fargo in 2018. He went to NDSU for another year, but decided the experience wasn’t really for him, and moved on into the local workforce. He worked a few jobs here and there, but he realized they weren’t filling a need for him. 


While visiting family in Vermont last Christmas, Levi found himself discussing different education options and what direction he should move in. It was actually his family that found EDA for him, and after taking a look for himself he thought it was the perfect fit. 



“I chose EDA over other schooling options because they weren’t a good fit for me. While I do like the local universities as schools, they were too big for me. I found it hard to connect with people, and the learning style made it difficult for me to remember the things I was learning. It just didn’t feel right,” stated Levi. 


For Levi, one of the most interesting parts of the program was how EDA adapted its schedule in response to COVID-19. He typically dislikes online learning, yet the program is so different from traditional education that it has ended up really working for him. 


“Attending EDA has been a wonderful experience, and I would recommend this program to anyone who wants solid learning as well as personal connections with classmates and teachers,” shared Levi.


Levi is still figuring out where his goals lie post-graduation. He hasn’t lived in Fargo for long and was never immersed in the software engineering industry, so he’s unsure of who the key players are. He’s heard great things about Bushel, and is excited to learn more about the other companies out there. 


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Andrew Parsons

Andrew is the Marketing Manager at Emerging Prairie. He has a heavy focus on social media, email marketing, and content creation.