St. Louis, Missouri-based Harris-Stowe State University is teaming up with Claim Academy, a coding boot camp, to launch a new technology training program. The program is available to both current Harris-Stowe students as well as members of the general public.
“There is a real demand for coding jobs in St. Louis city and the greater St. Louis region,” said Claim Academy Founder Ola Ayeni. “These jobs pay well and help empower professionals looking to attain advanced skills, their families and the greater economy striving to harness the power of technology.”
The program will be held five days a week for nine hours each day and include a mix of online and in-person instruction. Graduates will receive a certificate in full-stack web development from Harris-Stowe.
“This summer will really be our pilot to see how it goes and get systems set up,” said Stacy Gee Hollins, Dean of Harris Stowe’s Anheuser-Busch School of Business.
Moving forward, she said she’d like to stage the accelerated boot camp each semester. Long term, she said she believes the partnership between Claim Academy and Harris Stowe, one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, can help diversify the technology sector.
“I think this is providing access and opportunity for people who wouldn’t do it,” said Hollins. “We will be able to help diversify in software development because we know we’ve got black and brown students on the campus that will have access to software development pretty easily, and the community. It’s open to anybody.”
The partnership is one more way Missouri is working to provide companies with a well-trained and world-class workforce.
Home to many Certified Work Ready Communities, Missouri employees are hard-working, conscientious, engaged in workforce training opportunities, and display adaptability to technology and workforce evolution.
Additionally, Missouri’s competitive cost of living and vibrant culture enables employers to provide employees with a high quality of life at a lower cost than almost anywhere in the U.S.