RELEASE: LaunchCode Announces Free Fall Coding Class in Cape Girardeau

ST. LOUIS, MO — LaunchCode, a nonprofit that connects aspiring technologists with apprenticeships and jobs in tech, is announcing LC 101 Cape Girardeau, a free 20-week computer programming course designed to put people on a path towards a career in technology. This is the first LaunchCode coding class to be offered in Southern Missouri. Thanks to the support of Codefi, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Element 74 and the Missouri Technology Corporation, this class is free for all participants. Registration is now open at

“Anyone interested in pursuing a career in technology, regardless of prior experience, will find no better and more affordable learning resource than LaunchCode’s LC 101 course. It’s free, open to the public and designed to give participants the in-demand skills needed to launch a career in tech,” said Mark Bauer, VP of Operations at LaunchCode.

“We are pleased to partner with LaunchCode and local programming experts to provide this world class program to aspiring technologists in our area. We appreciate the ongoing support of our local partners and the professionals involved in the CodeCape initiative, providing education and practical development for programmers and entrepreneurs in our emerging tech district,” said Brian Holdman, Director of CodeCape and Co-Founder of Codefi.

WHAT: LC 101 is a free 20-week coding class. Foundational concepts are taught in Python, followed by specialized skill tracks in Java or Javascript.

WHO: Anyone 18 years old or older with the aptitude and drive to gain coding skills to further their current career, or begin a new career in tech. No previous coding experience required. Interested individuals will need to complete an online application and aptitude test, as well as a beginning coding assignment.

WHERE: Codefi, 339 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, MO

WHEN: Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm — 9pm starting on October 24, 2016.

To learn more and register for LaunchCode’s coding classes, visit

About LaunchCode

LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization founded by Square co-founder Jim McKelvey that partners with over 500 companies nationwide to offer paid apprenticeships and jobs for aspiring developers and technologists. LaunchCode also has offices in Miami, FL., Kansas City, MO, Providence, RI., with offices soon to open in Seattle and Portland. President Obama recognized St. Louis-based LaunchCode as an example for solving the nation’s tech talent gap as part of the White House TechHire initiative. Learn more at

About CodeCape

CodeCape is a regional initiative by Codefi and other local partners to provide education, competitions and social activities to link aspiring youth and adult coders with local experts and resources in southeast Missouri. It’s one of the initiatives of the Marquette Tech District, a regional innovation hub in Cape Girardeau’s historic downtown. Learn more at and