Cloud computing education platform provider, Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments, has expanded operations to Kansas City, Missouri, with plans to double the team there in order to increase training content production.

The new Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments office is located at the WeWork Corrigan Station building, 1828 Walnut Street in downtown KC. The company has four employees at the location currently but expects to increase to 15 over the next few months.

“The growth of cloud technology is outpacing the number of professionals who are able to use it effectively,” said Anthony James, CEO and founder of Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments and a Kansas City native. “The need for high-quality, affordable training will continue to grow to serve the demand for talent. Our expansion to Kansas City will enable us to grow our course catalog quickly and actively combat the cloud technology skills gap. I’m excited to be building this team in my hometown.”

Rackspace, MailChimp

Last month, Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments secured $6.8 million in Series A funding. It recently was ranked the #1 education company on the 2017 Inc. 5000, Inc. Magazine’s annual list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. With a three-year growth of 4,654 percent, the company made the top 100 of the overall list at #78, and ranked fifth on the list of Texas companies and fourth on the list of Dallas companies, where it is headquartered.

Until now, more than 250,000 aspiring and expert engineers have developed new skills through Linux Academy – “with more signing up every day.” Many of the world’s finest technology companies and institutions also train at Linux Academy, including Rackspace, the Associated Press, MailChimp, the University of Alabama, the University of Arizona, Clemson University, and many more.

Cloud Assessments is a platform that uses artificial intelligence to personalize cloud training based on a person’s current and changing skill set. Cloud Assessments allows enterprises to test and train their IT teams, as well as prospective job candidates, on their cloud technology skills by taking “hands-on” challenges in live environments. Cloud Assessments also offers ‘Quests and Learning Activities’ so individuals can learn “efficiently,” earning badges of completion along the way to prove their skills.