RELEASE: LaunchCode Announces Free Fall Coding Class in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO — LaunchCode, a nonprofit that connects aspiring technologists with apprenticeships and jobs in tech, is announcing LC 101 St. Louis, a free 20-week computer programming course designed to put people on a path towards a career in technology. The class will be offered in two locations this fall to increase accessibility for more St. Louisians to enroll. 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.

“UMSL is gratified to be able to provide a warm, supportive environment for LaunchCode participants to thrive in the program. Our student mentors will get the experience and satisfaction in helping participants develop the skills needed for a career that is in high demand in St. Louis and elsewhere,” said Charles E. Hoffman, dean of the College of Business Administration

“LaunchCode has created an innovative strategy to quickly move motivated individuals into high paying careers by establishing connections with our region’s leading IT firms. St. Louis Community College is pleased to support LaunchCode in this initiative in ways that maximize our students’ ability to take advantage of the opportunity they are providing. We believe that St. Louis Community College is the perfect complement to the LaunchCode model,” said Steve Long, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions, St. Louis Community College

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.


UMSL section

Location: UMSL — Social Sciences & Business (SSB), room 126

STLCC section

Location: St. Louis Community College — Meramec Campus

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


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