Meet Tré Olson, one of the 11 students of the Conway Cohort at Emerging Digital Academy.

Tré was born and raised in Fargo and has spent most of his life in the area. After graduating high school in 2017, he entered into college for computer engineering. A year and a half later, He made the decision to spend some time exploring other potential career options. Tré’s dad came to him with a program he’d heard about at work called Emerging Digital Academy in the fall of 2020. Tré’s lifelong passion for technology and computers aligned perfectly with the mission of the program and he is now set to graduate in the spring of 2021.

Why EDA?

“One of the main reasons I was drawn to EDA was the realization that I do a lot of small coding and server maintenance on my own as a hobby; so I thought, why not make it a career? I run a Minecraft server, YouTube channel, and overall have grown a community by myself. Over time, I have done more coding than I realized, and EDA would be a great place to take that interest and turn it into something bigger.”

During his time at EDA, Tré valued the overall learning process. He shared that going from knowing very basic HTML and CSS to understanding full-stack development and team planning, in as little as 20 weeks, was exciting.

While the hard skills are critical for this next phase in life, Tré is equally as grateful for the invaluable relationships and connections he’s made during the program. While everyone starts out as strangers, they’ve grown closer through the shared experiences and learning process that it’s going to be hard to leave.

“I’ve learned over time that, as long as you have a passion for something, you will naturally educate yourself through the passion. EDA is a great path if you have a strong passion for technology and coding since it is only 20 weeks. On top of that, it is a great place and atmosphere, and would recommend it to anyone thinking about this kind of career to apply for an upcoming cohort.”

Some companies that have caught his interest include BNG, Bushel, and Codelation. Tré admires BNG’s work culture and has been left with good impressions from the Bushel and Codeletion teams. Wherever he ends up, he hopes to find a place that fosters positivity around technology and community equally.

Have a story similar to Tré’s? Learn how you can create a new career at Emerging Digital Academy.



Jessica Anderson

Jessica is the Event Marketing Intern at Emerging Prairie, focusing on celebrating programs like 1 Million Cups Fargo, TEDxFargo, Possibility Summit, and more.