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Released July 23rd, 2015

The Software Guild Launches First Software Coding Bootcamp in Kentucky

The region’s only software coding bootcamp teaches .NET and Java skills in only 12 weeks, aims to train workers to fill the hundreds of open tech jobs in Kentuckiana.

Louisville, Ky. – (July 23, 2015) The Software Guild, which operates coding bootcamps across the United States, is launching a coding bootcamp campus in Louisville, Ky. The bootcamp teaches .NET and Java skills in an intensive, face-to-face, 12-week course, leaving graduates with in-demand technical skills for potential employers.

“There are currently hundreds of jobs open for .NET and Java programming jobs right here in Louisville,” said Eric Wise, Chief Academic Officer of The Software Guild. “That number is only expected to increase. By offering an immersive, fast-paced course, we can help area employers fill these jobs from a local talent pool, instead of having to go outside of the city or move jobs to other locations.”

The Software Guild is sharing space with Code Louisville, which was named as one of the TechHire initiatives by President Obama. The first cohort begins in September, and applications are being reviewed now.

“We are excited to be moving forward with the inaugural coding bootcamp here in Louisville, “ said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “This program will help meet the growing number of IT professionals needed by local businesses, while empowering individuals with the education and training needed to earn higher wage technology jobs.”

In its Akron and Minneapolis locations, The Software Guild has a 95 percent job placement rate, and it hopes to replicate that in Louisville. It is working to develop partnerships with area employers, helping to connect graduates with jobs and teach the skills employers need. The average salary for software developers in Louisville with two year’s experience is $60,000, and currently there are not enough people with the necessary skills to fill the open positions.

“We are thrilled to be helping make Louisville a technology hub,” said Rider Rodriguez, one of the co-founders of Code Louisville, a coalition of government agencies and private enterprise developed to train people in Louisville for the jobs of tomorrow. “By offering a coding bootcamp, The Software Guild is giving people access to high-quality training at an affordable price point, in a rapid environment that is designed to give them the skills they need for immediate job placement.”

In addition to launching the in-person program this September, The Software Guild is planning a low-residency option to launch in 2016. This will allow students to learn primarily online, with limited in-class experience, although it will take more time to complete than the 12 weeks that the face-to-face option offers.

The Software Guild, which is owned and operated by online education technology solution provider The Learning House, Inc., is an accelerated, hands-on coding bootcamp where individuals learn to be software developers in 12 weeks. Apprentices learn either .NET or Java and acquire the skills needed for entry-level developer positions. The Guild has more than 100 companies in its employer network, a 95% job placement rate and master instructors with an average of more than ten years of industry experience. Currently, The Software Guild has locations in Akron, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; and Minneapolis.

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