The Lake Land College Board of Trustees approved on Monday a unique agreement with LaunchCode, an innovative non-profit providing job seekers opportunities to enter the technology field to offer a short-term computer development program.
LaunchCode trains students in the high demand field of app development at locations in St. Louis, South Florida, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Seattle, and Portland. Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square, the payments processing company, founded LaunchCode to create pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.
"LunchCode is excited about the chance to open doors for aspiring technologists at Lake Land College," said LaunchCode Executive Director Jeff Mazur. "Students enrolled in the program will learn the core skills and training that many companies desperately need, creating a pipeline to new talent, which benefits the entire community."
Through the partnership, Lake Land College will offer the launchCode Academy in an 18-week format in the evenings at the Kluthe Center for Higher Education and Technology in Effingham.
Lake Land Board Chair Dave Storm said the LaunchCode Academy at Lake Land College demonstrates the Board's commitment to creating state-of-the-art educational opportunities for students.
"We understand students are interested in options to improve their workforce skills in short-term and/or unique delivery modes. This academy is just one of our plans to provide training to students in an innovative format that allows them to pursue their educational goals while maintaining their personal and professional commitments," Storm says.
Chair Storm said the college is pleased to have the support of the Effingham Regional Growth Alliance, the countywide economic development organization. The Alliance will be seeking local companies and individuals who are interested in supporting students with scholarships or internships-opportunities.
Informational sessions and details on class dates will be announced in early 2018