The inaugural weekend of Venture Hall Code School, powered by Code Fellows, was a resounding success! We held two of our introductory classes June 10th and 11th, one in Waterville (in partnership with the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College) and one in Portland at Cloudport.
It was such a great group of folks at both locations. Our instructor, Brian Nations, really had a powerful way of describing how he changed his own life by learning the very same skills he was sharing with the class. And speaking of life-changing, we were so excited in Portland to have attendees from the group Compa!, an organization helping New Americans get the skills they need to transfer the experience they had from their previous work into employment opportunities here in Maine.
First, the question we keep getting asked: When will you have more 101 Classes? Right now, we are talking about having them in September. Follow our newsletter and our Venture Hall Code School Facebook page for more information. If you want to sign-up to take a 101 class in the future, secure your spot here.
The Code 101 classes are easy for us to execute now because we trained a few instructors this weekend. So we’ll be able to do more of those. We’ll be talking with other locations, cities, and towns to have more Code 101 classes throughout the year.
For the 102, 201, 301, etc. we’ll be rolling those out after the summer and into the fall. During the summer, we’ll be working with our partners at Thomas College and Project Login to identify additional partners and sponsors of the program. We will work with our organizational partners to match our classes with their hiring and talent development needs. By the way, if you think your organization might want to talk about working together – shoot us a note.
Those needs, combined with the folks who’ve already shown interest, will help us plan how we fill the seats for the additional classes. As with any product, making sure you have product-market fit is critical. Once we have that, we’ll look to bring on a part-time manager of the Code School and build out the additional infrastructure to support this program and the Mainers who are eager to take advantage of it.
As our friend Carlo DiCelico likes to say, being able to code is like having a superpower. You can turn ideas into reality. No, not everyone who takes coding courses will become a software developer, but the skills and familiarity with the industry open up a whole new world for folks. Even getting partially through the 101-401 curriculum will offer new employment opportunities for attendees.
Now that’s a super outcome.