Not Your Average Academy – The Mississippi Model

Our 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 (


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 three physical training locations: one based in Downtown Jackson, MS, Starkville, MS, and South Jackson in partnership with DSC Training Academy. We have affiliations and support from Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, the Mississippi Development Authority, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and several corporate partners.