LaunchCode, a non-profit organization that works with businesses to set up apprenticeships in technology for people who lack the traditional tech credentials, recently announced plans to invest in its St. Louis-based headquarters and grow class sizes.
Executive Director Jeff Mazur said the workforce development non-profit recently closed on $5 million in fundraising for the project. The project will include increasing the building’s footprint with a second story mezzanine, providing additional space for LaunchCode’s staff and its educational programming at the facility.
Mazur said the renovation will include aesthetic changes to better connect the facility with the surrounding neighborhood. Additionally, the remodeled LaunchCode Techforce Center will allow it to increase the number of students it serves from 600 per year to 800.
“We turn away a lot of applicants for every class,” said Mazur. “We know through a renovation we could basically expand our class size by a third and enroll 200 people in each class that held in that space instead of 150.”