Tabitha Ernst receives her certificate of completion from LaunchCode’s Executive Director, Jeff Mazur, and Community Relations Director, Hanna Vaudrie

On January 14th 28 women were honored at a ceremony held at Tampa’s SOFWERX commemorating their graduation from LaunchCode’s immersive ladies’ coding boot camp. The  fourteen-week full-time coding course was hosted at the Tampa Innovation Partnership’s office in University Mall from September through December. Students and instructors worked full days and often stayed into the evening perfecting their final projects.

“It provides you the tools that you need while also giving you the space and opportunity to grow and to fail and understand that that failure is not only common, but acceptable and building on that,” said graduate, Alyssa Kennedy.

LaunchCode is a non-profit founded in 2013 and dedicated to building a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology. According to the organization’s web site there are more than 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide, but only approximately 60,000 computer science graduates enter the workforce each year. Course’s like this are designed to fill that workforce gap for businesses and provide a valuable career option for students. During the course, students learned HTML, Python, Java and SpringBoot, equipping them with skills they can use in securing high-paying tech jobs or entrepreneurship.

“Coding really is for everybody as long as you give them the chance to succeed and the right resources,” said LaunchCode Public Relations Director, Leah Freeman.

Visit LaunchCode’s web site for information about educational programs ranging from fundamentals to apprenticeships.