Southwest and LaunchCode to offer free computer programming courses for adults beginning Feb 4; applications open now until Jan. 14

For more information, contact:
Diana Fedinec, Director Public Relations and Media
(901) 333-4247
dfedinec@southwest.tn.edu

December 18, 2018 - Southwest Tennessee Community College will offer   LaunchCode’s LC101 free computer programming courses beginning Feb. 4.  LC101 is a free, part-time, 20-week class for students aged 18 and above interested in learning technology skills, including coding, web development and other career-oriented expertise.  Interested participants and not just Southwest students will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. at Southwest’s Union Avenue Campus, 737 Union Ave., Memphis, Tenn.   

Careers in technology have historically been reserved to those with a four-year college degree in computer science or a related field. LaunchCode’s LC101 course offers accessible training in technology skills to individuals who may not have the time or resources to participate in a four-year program. Participants will learn computer programming skills free of charge and gain access to entry-level jobs in technology or sharpen existing skills.  LC101 provides a supportive classroom environment with in-person mentoring from instructors, teaching fellows, and local developers.

Applications to participate in the Spring 2019 LC101 are open now through January 14. For more information or to apply for LC101 at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, visit https://www.launchcode.org/lc101 and select ‘Memphis, TN’ from the dropdown menu.

LaunchCode is a national non-profit organization based in St. Louis with a mission to build a skilled workforce in the cities it occupies by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. LuanchCode matches world class learning resources and job opportunities to help launch careers in technology.

Southwest Tennessee Community College

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college that serves more than 13,000 students annually. Southwest awards associate degrees and certifications in more than 120 programs of study to raise educational levels, enhance economic development and enrich quality of life for students and the community at large. Southwest is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.