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Arkansas Coding Academy Announces Inaugural Class

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The University of Central Arkansas on Friday announced that 20 new Java developers have completed the most recent Arkansas Coding Academy boot camp and part-time classes.

As part of the program launched in July, participants debuted their final projects and portfolios to local employers and the community during a demo day held Friday on the university’s Conway campus. 

UCA said the Arkansas Coding Academy is part of its Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. It trains individuals seeking new careers in programming and information technology.

“With the success of the first class, we were able to build and improve on that experience for subsequent courses,” Shelley Mehl, associate vice president for the division, said in a news release. “Twelve of the 15 participants from the first class have received job offers.”

One of the student teams built a suite called Serenity Med that offers a prescription reminder service via text messaging, contains lab charting and has many other features related to medical data management.

Arkansas Coding Academy Program Director Mary Dunlap said it partnered with Philander Smith College in Little Rock and the Department of Workforce Services on this first boot camp. Participants were able to work during the day and attend classes at night.

She also said, “We chose to train in Java given the broad industry need.”

App development company Metova of Conway helped establish the academy and hired four people from the inaugural class. 

The second boot camp in Java and .net development is set to begin on April 17. Apply here.

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