Not Your Average Academy – The Mississippi Model

Our 11-month program combines several principles into a single unique offering:

Full Stack Software Development

Current Developers Evaluate & Review

Simulated Workplace

Soft Skills Emphasized

Other Features:

  • Learn Coding by Coding
  • Industry Experienced Instructors
  • Industry Like Hours
  • Employer Shaped Curriculum

Breaking the Cycle – Minimum Wages to Technology Wages

Most participants come from under-served families and are either not college bound or found that college did not provide the desired economic independence. Most only have a high school education and are typically earning part time minimum wages.

Our coders start at an average of $40,000 a year, a 2 to 4x increase in earnings and have entered an industry where the average salary in Mississippi is $72,039 (code.org).

History

Founded in 2017 as a joint project between Innovate Mississippi and the Governor’s office via MDA, our charter is to offer a non-traditional path to create new and diverse software professionals and offer improved economic opportunity for Mississippians, particularly the disadvantaged and underserved communities.

We have two physical training locations: Jackson, MS and Starkville, MS. We have affiliations with Mississippi State University, the Mississippi Development Authority, and several corporate partners.