St. Louis Community College and LaunchCode created a new program for those who are interested in learning skills for a career in technology.
STLCC Immersive CodeCamp, powered by LaunchCode is a free, 14-week, full-time course that takes a deep dive into technologies and skills that are in demand by employers in the region.
CodeCamp begins April 1. Classes are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at STLCC-William J. Harrison Education Center. In three months, graduates will have the tools and skills needed to enter LaunchCode’s apprenticeship program and a new career in technology.
What should students expect from CodeCamp?
- Learn universal programming concepts and best practices with Python
- Foundational elements and tools for web development
- Java development
- Build a portfolio project
- Support and feedback to prepare for an apprenticeship
- Ongoing job-readiness such as preparing for interviews, resume reviews, workshops and soft skills training
- Diversity among participants – In 2018, 35 percent of St. Louis LaunchCode students identified as people of color and 49 percent identified as female.
Applications for CodeCamp will be accepted through March 15.
STLCC is the exclusive education partner in the area for the LaunchCode Immersive CodeCamp program. The value of the investment by the College is $100,000 toward a positive impact for 30 students.
“The partnership between STLCC and LaunchCode demonstrates a shared mission of creating diverse, accessible pathways to careers,” said Hart Nelson, associate vice chancellor for workforce solutions at St. Louis Community College.
Aiming to bridge tech job opportunities and a previously underserved population, Nelson said the program “combines proven curriculum with important wrap-around services.”
The College will offer loaner laptops to students who do not own a computer that meet the specifications required for the course. STLCC will also facilitate student success through individualized career coaching and support services.
“The College began working with LaunchCode in 2015, and since then, more than 500 students have participated in LaunchCode cohorts at STLCC. We’re excited that the partnership continues to gain momentum as we launch a full-time, accelerated immersive coding program at Harrison Education Center,” said Nelson.
“The data we gather through our State of the St. Louis Workforce Report consistently shows the high demand for IT professionals, including developers and coders. The College is using this information to expand our program offerings in conjunction with a respected partner like LaunchCode to quickly allow more students to enter this well-paying career field,” said Jeff L. Pittman, chancellor, St. Louis Community College.
“Traditionally, tech education hasn’t been widely accessible to many populations. With this innovative program, St. Louis Community College and LaunchCode are teaming up to challenge that,” said Jeff Mazur, executive director, LaunchCode.
“Immersive CodeCamp will break down barriers and serve as both a skills-based education model and as the connector between nontraditional technologists and local companies in need of tech talent.”