In the late 1980s Jeff Howell and I were both supporting the UNIX operating system for Hewlett-Packard. Independently we both transferred to the Denver, Colorado office. This is where we met and shared our ideas and passions of starting a company. In 1991, we formed a partnership and taking a cue from Hewlett-Packard we named the company Batky-Howell.
Batky-Howell’s initial focus was UNIX consulting but Jeff and I soon discovered the true need was for UNIX training. The transition from consulting to training began and we developed our first course, Fundamentals of UNIX . This course was so successful it was quickly followed by Advanced UNIX Tools , Shell Programming , and C Programming . We continued to add courses and currently have more than 70 classes in topics from Crystal Reports to .NET .
Our success comes from our extreme focus on customer needs and the practice of creating an encompassing, flexible training experience that goes beyond the cookie-cutter environment offered elsewhere. Our classes focus on what can be immediately put to use when students get back to work. Students are challenged to learn by doing with no coverage of fluff material. We call it 100% hands-on training because students will work on examples as they are discussed and work on formal labs that reinforce what was covered during the lecture.
Our success comes from our extreme focus on customer needs and the practice of creating an encompassing, flexible training experience that goes beyond the cookie-cutter environment offered elsewhere.
While all training companies claim they have the best training we take ours to the next level. Our instructors are well versed in managing a wide range of experience levels in the classroom. We empower our instructors to make on the spot decisions to ensure the best class. If extra courseware is needed to address students’ questions, they will have it sent to the classroom. Instructors can call on the resources of the whole team to make sure no question in class goes unanswered. Instructors frequently stay in the classroom after class has ended and some instructors have even gone to bookstores to purchase a textbook for a student to help answer a question they had in class.
By far the most rewarding experience is when students tell us that our class was the best class they have ever taken. We want to see our students thrive and pride ourselves on being able to make this happen.
We hope that you love our training as much as we love teaching it. Please contact us to tell us what you think, share ideas for new classes, or to enroll in one of our classes.
Bruce Batky, CEO and Co-Founder