September 16, 2013

Charleston Digital Corridor launches second round of CODEcamp classes

Liz Segrist  /  Charleston Regional Business Journal

The Charleston Digital Corridor launches its second round of its CODEcamp program this month. Ernest Andrade, the corridor's director, said tech firms are hungry for coders, programmers and app developers and the Digital Corridor is trying to increase the supply of qualified workers in the area.

The Charleston Digital Corridor launched CODEcamp last year as an expansion of its workforce development strategy to increase the region's tech talent pool.

The program's classes, which teach open-source coding, website development, app development, software development, HTML, CSS and a variety of other skills, are available for beginners and professionals.

CODEcamp's second round expands on the offerings from the first round and will offer an apprenticeship program for the top one or two students in the class.

"CODEcamp is a way to bring people into the tech scene and to grab apprentices that can turn into long-term employees for a growing tech company in Charleston," said Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Charleston-based Jack Russell Software and instruction director for CODEcamp.