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Three Ways to Learn to Code in Memphis

Interested in launching a career in tech? Or simply want to pick up new coding skills? There are a growing number of organizations in the Bluff City providing interested techies with opportunities to learn or enhance their programming skills.

Most recently, Southwest Tennessee Community College announced plans to offer a free, open-to-the-public, computer programming course on their Union Avenue campus beginning in February, but the local school isn’t the only organization providing tech courses for free or at a minimal cost. We’ve also included two other organizations offering courses that are dedicated to teaching Memphians how to code.

LaunchCode, a national non-profit organization is making its way to Memphis offering coding courses on the campus of Southwest Community College. The 20-week course, LC101 is LaunchCode’s introduction to computer programming. It’s designed to train students with skills needed to ultimately land a career in technology.

The course begins February 4. The deadline to register is January 14th. Go to LaunchCode’s website and select Memphis from the drop down menu to register.

Tech901 is all about Tech (hence the name), offering an extensive list of courses, including IT security, networking, and coding. Their popular coding course, Code 1.0 is an introduction to computer programming, but don’t let the “intro” part fool you. It’s designed to serve students with no experience while also challenging students who have some previous tech background. Students gain knowledge that will help build their programming skills to compete for entry-level coding jobs. Tech901 even has partnerships with local employers who are looking for programmers.

The 14-week course is based on Harvard’s CS50 curriculum, and students who successfully complete the assigned problems are eligible for a Harvard certificate of completion.

The next cycle of Code 1.0 starts January 22nd. The registration fee is $250.

Choose901 Year One blogger Jordan Johnston wrote about his experience with Code 1.0 and you can read what he thought of it here.

To apply for the program, submit an application via Tech901’s website.

Since 2015, CodeCrew has stayed true to its name. The organization, comprised of experienced techies, is well-known for its in-school programs teaching students how to design websites, games, and drone programming, but the courses extend beyond local middle and high schools.

CodeCrew also offers Code School, a hands-on, six-month course designed to train adults to be entry-level software developers. In the small classroom environment, participants will learn the fundamentals of coding, app development, and leadership.

Those interested in attending Code School must be nominated before receiving an invitation to submit an application. Twenty-five students are selected for each course, and despite the extensive program, there are no costs for students.

For more information on CodeCrew’s Code School or to nominate someone, visit their website.

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