Update on VetTec Funding Availability: The VetTec pilot program funding is currently paused for new enrollments. While we await further details on its availability, our team is here to assist you in exploring alternative funding options, including GI Bill CH 31 & 33, for your education at Divergence Academy.
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Divergence Academy prepares today’s learners for tomorrow’s top tech careers. Our courses will teach you the most relevant skills of the 21st century—from data science to cybersecurity and more.

The Cheshire pathways are designed to help students prepare for a promising career in technology. Each pathway contains three modules of classes:

Foundational
(120 - 160 hours)
For onboarding students into the technology track of their choosing.
Acceleration
(120 hours)
For speeding up students’ understanding of important tech concepts.
Transition
(120 - 160 hours)
For bridging the gap between the classroom and the workplace, preparing our students to get hired in no time.
Our Culture

At Divergence Academy, student placement is our #1 yardstick. In other words, we are laser-focused on preparing our students to get hired by top tech companies in this incredibly competitive job landscape. Here’s how we do it:

We think big:
As a premier vocational trade school for emerging technologies, we never settle for less than the best. By challenging our ideas of what’s possible, we can best meet the needs of our learners and employers.
We take accountability:
With empathy and humility, we seek win-for-all solutions. We hold ourselves accountable for any and all outcomes—and never pass the buck.
We’re in is for the long haul:
When you join us, you are stuck with us. We hired you for you not just for this job. We know the best people move up and often go on to start their own companies. We want to help you get where you want to go.
We make a difference every day:
By passionately working toward unique solutions to complicated problems, we help students drive real-world impact.
We strive for continual improvement:
Divergence relentlessly pursues the personal and professional growth of our students. Our success-oriented perspective focuses on finding new ways to propel them to success.
We build relationships:
Divergence has an incredible network of employers, partners, and learners. Together, we’re able to deliver remarkable results.
Our Team
Sravan Ankaraju
(Founder and President)
Sravan Ankaraju is the founder and president of Divergence Academy. As an early-stage developer, he produced complex, large-scale transactional systems that applied various tree-based algorithms. By embracing risk-based assessments and machine learning models, he gradually moved large teams at Microsoft from reactive to predictive to prescriptive support. He now thrives in the world of machine learning, understanding the intricacies of pipeline jungles and hidden feedback loops.
Mike Allen
(Relationship Development Manager, Corporate L&D)
Mike has spent his 20-year career facilitating business development within the Cyber Security Space, from early-stage start-ups to well established companies.  He came to Divergence Academy with the mission to assist companies navigating the rapidly changing technology workforce.  With a consultative approach, within his role at Divergence, he helps companies by providing a continuous pipeline of top talent, assisting them in setting up and running apprenticeship programs, and providing corporate training to upskill their current workforce.
Jason Lawson
(Director of Student Success Team)
After over 20 years in the Army, Jason enrolled in Divergence Academy’s Cybersecurity Professional Penetration Tester program. Just one month later, he became our Director of Student Success. In this role, Jason enables success through a proactive, multi-tiered approach—assisting students and alumni with their current and future academic, personal, and professional goals through the development of knowledge and self-reliance.
Bret Harder
(Director of IT & Managed Services)
Bret has certifications from CompTIA and FortiNet and has worked in different areas of IT for most of his adult life, starting his career at a small internet service provider in Oklahoma. Now, as Director of Divergence Academy’s IT & Managed Services department, he’s responsible for our network and infrastructure.
Brianna Barber
(Director of Marketing)
Brianna is an organized and detail-oriented professional with five years of experience supporting C-level executives. Dedicated to making the lives of busy executives easier, Brianna plays a backend role, facilitating communication between team members. She’s able to assist team members with tasks that fall through the cracks by creating new, more streamlined processes to enhance operability throughout our entire business.
Rachael Ridenour
(Director of Product Innovation / Labs)
Rachael Ridenour is the Chief of Innovation and Product Development at Divergence Academy, a cutting-edge technology training provider that has made the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies List two years in a row. Her passion for innovation lies at the intersection of creatively applied technology, data driven design and cross functional problem solving. A 33-year Army Veteran with service in Afghanistan and Iraq, she is a passionate adventurer and humanitarian who has driven the Khyber Pass, run a 5k in the Pyramids of Giza, and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef.
Fallon Lineberger
(Client Engagement Manager, Career Readiness Program Manager)
Fallon focuses on fostering relationships with Divergence Academy's employer partners to create opportunities for learners to find jobs. Fallon also manages career readiness programs that prepare learners for joining the workforce.
Albert Feliciano
(Financial Officer)
Al is a Texas transplant from Rochester, NY who moved to Texas in 2013. He spent many years of his early life in Law Enforcement and securities. Since 2013, Al has served in the US Army Texas National Guard as an Infantryman (11B). He has had multiple activations and deployments. Al still serves to this day while an employee at Divergence Academy. Al is a graduate of a local Full-stack Software Engineering Academy but found his home helping students at Divergence. Al started as a Student Success Advisor and recently moved into the Student Finance Office. His personal interests include Data Science, spending time with his family and friends, video games, and fitness. Al is a holder of Fortinet and Microsoft certifications
Kingsley Scott
(Student Success Advisor)
Kingsley spent 21 yrs in the U.S. Air Force and is now a retired veteran, Wounded Warrior, and Bronze Star medal recipient. While in service, his career field was in law enforcement/criminal investigations. He also had the opportunity for special duty as a Career Assistance Advisor. As an alumnus of both the Cybersecurity Penetration Tester and Data Science Immersive programs, he now serves as a Student Success Advisor. As an SSA, Kingsley counsels learners and alumni on career progression and planning upon course completion. SSAs are critical in connecting the Divergence learning development ecosystem across the many facets to support tiered competency-based progression in the demanding technology infrastructure.
Michael Williams
(Cyber Security Support Technican and Student Success Advisor)
Michael is an alumnus of Divergence Academy's Cybersecurity Professional Penetration Tester Immersive Program. He has certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft and has transitioned to IT after a career in theatre. Before working in theatre, Mike was on active duty in the Army for three years as a Small Arms and Artillery Repairer. Today, he works in the IT Department and leads the CompTIA Network+ & Security+ Certification Prep Series.
Meegan Kriley-Mackay
(Principal Consultant, Community & Workforce Development)
Meegan has over 30 years of government and corporate experience creating, developing, and scaling teams in the classified and civilian workforce. As a Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Subject Matter Expert (SME), contractor, civilian, and entrepreneur, she has joined the Divergence team with the clear objective to empower others through a hybrid approach to Career Workforce training. This specialized and customized training will support and nurture students, staff, instructors, and partners across cultures, businesses, and teams worldwide.
Sammie Cloud
(Student Success Advisor)
After over 20 years in the Army and completing his Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Science and Psychology from Dallas Baptist University, Sammie joined Divergence Team as a Student Success Advisor. In this role, Sammie enables success through a proactive, multi-tiered approach—assisting students and alumni with their current and future academic, personal, and professional goals through the development of knowledge and self-reliance.
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