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iThemes to Offer $100K in Free WordPress Resources to Educators

After months of discussions and planning, I’m excited to finally announce our Education Program initiative, focusing on delivering high-quality web design tools and training to the education community.

To kick off this initiative, we’re launching the iThemes Educators Program Beta with a pilot group of 100 educators — giving them our entire inventory of WordPress themes, plugins and training at NO COST.

In essence, we’re giving away almost $100,000 in professional web design resources for free (essentially our Web Designer’s Toolkit – without the bonuses) which includes:

  • 150+ WordPress themes, including iThemes Builder, our premiere web design tool
  • 20+ WordPress plugins, including our most popular product to date — BackupBuddy
  • Almost 300 hours of professional, cutting edge training through WebDesign.com to learn and grow
  • And more throughout the year as we develop more and more themes, plugins and training!

APPLY FOR THE EDUCATORS PROGRAM BETA HERE

Please note: This free giveaway is by application and only available to qualified educators.  We have to start somewhere, so we’re limiting it to just 100 applicants in the U.S. and Canada, who we’ll select, and notify of their entry into the inaugural Education program. Selected participants will be notified by October 1, 2011 of your inclusion in the beta program.

Here’s why I think iThemes is the best fit for offering educators these resources:

  • One-stop partner – Since 2008, we’ve built, maintained and enhanced our entire product inventory to be the ultimate resource for web designers and developers. As you see from the list above, we offer premiere and comprehensive set of tools and training resources for WordPress web design.
  • Dedicated full-time team – We’re not a fly by night operation. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, we have a professional team of 20+ designers, developers and support team members here to serve you into the future! Yes, our team has dedicated their lives to this passionate work of creating easy-to-use tools and cutting edge training to make your jobs easier!
  • ‘Learning and growing’ is part of our DNA – One of our core values as a team is to “learn and grow, then teach and share.” Serving the Education community is just part of who we are, naturally. Our passion is to learn and grow personally and as a team …. then impart that knowledge to others. Knowing that our web design tools and training will be used to train others in web design and development gets us going!
  • Commitment to improvement, overdelivering and community — Our team is dedicated to constant improvement. We know we haven’t “arrived” so we’re constantly talking with our customer community to enhance and improve everything we do. Call it a commitment to excellent, but our desire is to overdeliver and support our customer community as you support us!
  • Giving back – In August, we kicked off a new nonprofit foundation dedicated to web creativity, innovation and training in Oklahoma called The Div. Our intention is to give back to our local community by helping train the new generation of web designers and developers.

All this to say … if you’re an educator seeking to start or expand a web design class (or learn and grow to offer more to your web design students), apply for the iThemes Educators Program Beta here today!

We’re looking forward to learning and growing together with you!

If you have questions about the Education Program or want special discount pricing for your school, please use the Education contact form here.

P.S. — We didn’t forget about students! We know students don’t have a lot of extra income available for a purchase like our Web Designer’s Toolkit either (we remember how expensive school can be!) …. so in the coming weeks we’ll be announcing our Student Discount – similar to other software education programs that is a radical discount on what we offer.

If you’re a student, be sure to sign up here for our Student Education email newsletter and be the first to know what discounts we’re offering.

Comments

  1. Wishing you lots of luck with this, it’s a great idea, only wish we lived over there lol – if you ever take this to the UK please let us know as one of our businesses that we already run is a social enterprise (not for profit) where we train people to make their own websites using WordPress and we always show and recommend iThemes products as part of our courses.

    Hopefully we would be a good fit if you bring it over here.

    Thanks
    Sue

  2. Guys,

    I know you’ll probably get a lot of applications for this, but I’d like to add that when you include the UK in this project that there will be quite a few of us interested.

    Like Sue, my company works with non-profit organisations and we offer free worpress setup, design, and maintenance for these clubs, charities and organisations – although, we are a commercial enterprise.

  3. Hi. Thanks for the invite to check out each other for your offer. We’re in the process of renewing our web projects and have been thnking and trialing word press. We had a few sites taken down by the hackerz and now I’m a bit skittish. I bought backup-buddy but after testing backup/restore processes I’m not sure my end-users could handle restores on their own. But I am pretty sure they will need this at times. Currently we have about 200 distinctly managed sites that would need to come under the banner.

    Might multi-site WP be the answer?

    Your offer to educators is awesome and would very much want to go for it if we are a good candidate.

  4. This would be a great initiative for the Philippines. Considering that a lot of American and Canadian small businesses outsource their tasks to Philippine Virtual Assistants, I believe you can consider this in the future. I have the ability and resources to make it work successfully offshore.

      • Cool! Thanks Kristin I will.

        BTW can you add a choice for PTA or parent advocate? I don’t work for my district but two of the parent groups in which I am a member use WordPress to help get the word out, fund raise and advocate. Just an idea.

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