Mississippi Coding Academies and DSC Training Academy Launch South Jackson Coding Campus
[Jackson, Miss.] Mississippi Coding Academies and DSC Training Academy are pleased to announce their partnership on a new coding campus in South Jackson. The campus, located at 3906 I-55 South Frontage Road, is convenient to potential coders from South Jackson, Hinds County, and the Jackson Metro area’s southern reaches. The downtown and South Jackson sites will be linked virtually, with senior and junior instructors moving between them.
“Our goal is to reach high school graduates who are motivated to become coders and enter a high-tech career, making $40,000 or more per year to start,” said Rich Sun, director of the Jackson campuses. “The comfort and convenience of this facility should make it easier for us to train more young coders in the capital city.”
Mississippi Coding Academies offers an 11-month program that emulates a working environment with instruction and coding five days per week. (A night program is also available for students who qualify.) Coders become full-stack coders while learning the soft skills required to enter the corporate workforce. Mississippi Coding Academies is nonprofit, and the program is tuition-free for students.
“The Enhanced Mississippi Model for EdTech” upon which Mississippi Coding Academies is based, has been selected as one of the 10 Qualified Teams from five countries to advance to Round Two of XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling, competing for a $5 million grand prize.
The new South Jackson coding campus is part of DSC Training Academy’s 4,300-square-foot complex with two kitchens, lounge and meeting spaces. The WiFi-enabled and handicapped-accessible facility sits on seven acres.
“For 26 years, DSC has been in workforce development and reskilling, providing higher-paying careers to Jackson and the state of Mississippi,” said Willie Jones, CEO of DSC Training Academy. “I look forward to getting more women into coding. From our campus, we hope to help both young graduates and mid-career adults move into higher-paying jobs.”
MCA is recruiting for both campuses now, with the 2021-2022 class onboarding this summer and starting daily classes in August. Potential coders can apply at www.mscoding.org. Informational webinars will be held throughout the spring—watch facebook.com/MSCoding/ for details.
Mississippi Coding Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by local leaders, employers, and educators. MCA offers the “Mississippi Model” of coding and soft-skills instruction in a simulated workplace environment, graduating full-stack coders in 11 months at no cost to the coders. Funders for MCA include the state of Mississippi’s workforce development funds, community colleges, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and private donations from employers and individuals.
DSC Training Academy’s mission is to move people and communities forward by training workers in Jackson and Mississippi for higher-paying, in-demand positions in today’s workforce.