New coding school opens in Greenville

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A new coding school has opened at the NEXT Innovation Center in downtown Greenville.

The school, which is known as Carolina Code School, offers a 12-week full-time web development immersive course to prepare college students and working professionals for a career in software development — no coding experience required.

The course, which costs $13,999, will be offered six times a year and accommodate up to 20 students per cohort. Those accepted into the course will study the basics of front-end and back-end web development for eight weeks and then focus on a programming language (Java, JavaScript, Ruby, etc.) of their choice.

Carolina Code School is the first of several economic development programs organized by Build Carolina, a Greenville-based nonprofit “dedicated to building talent initiatives to support innovative companies across the Carolinas.”

Peter Barth, founder and CEO of The Iron Yard, launched the nonprofit earlier this year and currently serves on the board of directors alongside Eric Dodds, former chief marketing officer at The Iron Yard, and John Moore, CEO of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s NEXT program. Leila King, former director of communications at The Iron Yard, has been hired to serve as executive director.

Lelia King, executive director of Build Carolina. Photo by Will Crooks.

“There is no business or organization in the Upstate that can produce, deliver or promote itself or its products effectively without technology. Which is likely why there were nearly a thousand open jobs for web developers in South Carolina at last count,” said Lelia King, executive director of Build Carolina. “We have so many innovative and forward-thinking companies right here in our community, and our mission is to support those companies by helping to fill our area’s talent gaps.”

Barth added that students who complete the course will have the opportunity to enter a career support program, which provides four additional weeks of the curriculum along with support throughout the career search process. Financing will be available.

Carolina Code School has also partnered with Greenville Technical College to offer academic credits to students who graduate from the 12-week coding course. Students can apply to receive credit for courses like web programming, DHTML and JavaScript, relational database, and introduction to information technology, according to King.

“It takes the commitment of the entire community and innovative opportunities like this partnership to build a talented workforce and to position the Upstate for success,” said Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College. “We are pleased to partner with Carolina Code School, which will offer a much-needed pathway to employment in software development and engineering and serve as a key part of the economic growth of our region.”

The first courses will be held on April 2 and May 14, according to King. They will be led by Joel Taddei and Mady Chapman, both former instructors with The Iron Yard. Those who are interested can apply at carolinacodeschool.org.

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