LaunchTN has partnered with the Tennessee Board of Regents and Southwest Tennessee Community College to bring the LaunchCode program to Tennessee in 2019. LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization based out of St. Louis, MO, strives to build a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.
These programs are designed to provide free, accessible training that paves pathways to tech careers for Tennessee residents of all backgrounds and experiences, while also providing a steady talent stream for the local tech entrepreneurial landscape.
LaunchCode’s flagship LC101 program is a 20-week, part-time class delivered to 100-150 students using a hybrid learning model which blends online resources with in-person instruction and mentorship. The curriculum is accessible to audiences of all backgrounds with lessons focused on attaining job-ready skills rather than learning history and academic fundamentals. Currently, two-thirds of students complete LC101, compared to the less than 1% of online students earning certification from Harvard’s online CS50x course.
- Monday & Wednesday evenings for 3-hour sessions of lecture and group work
- Southwest Tennessee Community College Union Avenue campus
- 20-week duration
- 10-15 hours per week of assignments and projects outside of class
- Access to curriculum and course materials through the Canvas online learning system
- Access to Slack group chat platform to reach out for peer/instructor assistance with at-home assignments
- For more information, check out the course syllabus or LC101 web page
- November 13, 2018 – applications open (apply here by selecting ‘Memphis, TN’ in the drop-down menu)
- January 14, 2019 – applications close
- February 4 – course begins
- June 2019 – course ends
LaunchCode’s Liftoff program is designed to deliver interview readiness and on-the-job skills that are just as important in today’s workforce as technical skills. Liftoff enrolls 60-80 candidates per cohort and is comprised of workshops, group projects and individualized coaching teaching. Similar to the coding/programming training courses, these programs are funded through government, foundation and corporate grants as well as individual gifts, allowing it to be available at no cost to candidates. Often, this class is filled with graduates of the LC101 programming.
This class meets once a week for three hours per class and requires 10-15 hours of at-home work between each class. Upon completion of either LC101 or Liftoff, our Impact Team evaluates candidates on their technical skill, aptitude and drive. We provide applicants who are not yet job-ready with feedback on specific areas for growth, help them develop a learning plan and direct them to educational resources and LaunchCode mentorship programs.
Details for this course will be released in Spring 2019.