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New coding school launching in Mount Pleasant

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A 12-week coding school is launching this fall in Mount Pleasant to train future software developers for in-demand computer programmer jobs in the Lowcountry.

Tom Wilson (standing), the founder of Jack Russell Software, will head up a new innovation center in Mount Pleasant focused on technology and health care. Its first initiative is launching a 12-week coding school this fall. (Photo/Posscon 2015)Students will attend classes full-time at the Jack Russell Software Coding School Boot Camp to become junior-level, professional software developers.

Tom Wilson — the founder of Jack Russell Software and head of Charleston CoderDojo, a program that teaches kids to code — will head up the program.

The coding school is a part of the new Jack Russell Software Innovation Center, which operates out of a 2,000-square-foot space at 710 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite 203, in Mount Pleasant.

Moorestown, N.J.-based Tabula Rasa HealthCare Inc., which acquired Jack Russell Software in 2010, launched the center to create technologies geared toward solving health care problems. Tabula’s cloud-based software applications use data to recommend medication regimens to improve patient outcomes, a news release said.

Coding Boot Camp information

  • The coding boot camp is a 12-week, full-time program for adults interested in a computer programming career.
  • Applications must be submitted by Sept. 1.
  • The first program will take place Sept. 19 – Dec. 6. Students will learn to build full-stack web applications using JavaScript, as well as agile workflow, communication and software lifecycle training.
  • Program leaders are not sure how big the first round will be, though it is expected to be small. The second round, which launches in January, will accept 20 students. The boot camp will take place three times a year.
  • For 2016 applications, tuition will be $5,000. Going forward, tuition will be $10,000.
  • One scholarship per boot camp is available for interested candidates who are from low-income and diverse backgrounds.
  • Wilson and Trip Ottinger, a developer who worked recently with Blackbaud, will teach the courses. Internships for software developers are also available through the boot camp.

Source: Jack Russell Software Coding School Boot Camp

The Jack Russell Software Innovation Center will train developers and give them a place to collaborate on new technologies, according to Wilson, who also serves as its executive vice president and chief technology innovation officer.

The coding boot camp is the first of several training programs planned. Other initiatives include hackathons, where students learn to develop computer programs; labs, where students learn how to apply technology; and open source projects, where students create new software.

The coding school was created to “help bridge a gap between the developer talent available in the healthcare industry and the needed talent expertise in the market,” according to its website. “Technology continues to accelerate at a rapid speed, and it has fostered an insatiable demand for leading-edge technology business products.”

“We believe this (coding) training program will become the Innovation Center’s flagship program that helps raise the talent in the community,” Wilson said.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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