Code Labs One: Your Chance to Be a Computer Programmer

Code Labs One Course

A math wizard who has an IQ of 150, speaks using unintelligibly large words and has a PhD… That is, perhaps, one profile of a stereotypical computer programmer.

That’s one stereotype Code Labs One sets out to defy.

Code Labs One is a 20-week course designed to introduce adults to computer programming using the popular programming language, Ruby. By the end of the course, participants are working alongside local tech employers on projects in a team environment—a chance to gain real-world experience, as well as setting up a path for future employment with a high-wage occupation in this growing industry. Past employers include Codefi, Vintage Software, Vizient, and a freelance track, with more employers coming on board for the next cohort.

The good news is that you don’t have to excel at advanced math to succeed in this field. And it’s never too late to start. Past participants in the most recent Code Labs One program included people across the spectrum of education levels, from GEDs to PhDs. Applicants spanned from ages 18 to 65 years old. These participants came from a variety of employment backgrounds, including unemployment, factory workers, and stay-at-home moms.

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Course Structure

Here’s what participants get to do: the course is divided into three units. In units one and two, students complete the same core curriculum taught by local professional software developers (1:5-10 ratio), using a flipped classroom model: outside of class, students review videos and complete work so face-to-face class time can be used for discussion about the material. In unit three, students learn in-demand skills by developing a project under the guidance of local employers.

Classes begin July 9 at the Marquette Tech District at 338 Broadway Street in Cape Girardeau, every Monday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to attending both these sessions every week, students should plan to dedicate at least 10-20 hours to coursework outside of the classroom each week in order to succeed.

So how do you get in on this? Complete the registration to fill out and submit your application. Then, take a critical thinking assessment testing your logic and reasoning skills—abilities that are pertinent to have as a programmer; this assessment helps Code Labs One better understand if the program is a good match for you, and vice-versa. Applications are currently open, and close June 27. Did we mention the program is free to participants?

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Why We're Offering Code Labs One

More than 1,000,000 tech jobs will go unfilled by the year 2020. There is no end in sight for opportunities, especially considering the annual mean wage for developers in our region is almost DOUBLE the annual mean wage for all other occupations. You read that right. You can make twice as much.

Unfortunately, we severely lack this type of talent. Our region has one-fifth the percentage of developers in the workforce compared to our state and national averages. One fifth. We’re legitimately the worst region in the state. Not acceptable. And our growth in this area is less than the national average, as well, so the gap is only going to grow. We have a crisis on our hands.

Code Labs One is the solution to that crisis.

Gaining world-class computer programming skills, with no previous experience necessary, and no fees. Go ahead and apply—what’s stopping you?