A new, affordable code developer boot camp for Oklahoma City has just been announced by OK Coders. The boot camp begins Jan. 7, 2017 and will meet 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. four consecutive Saturdays. Applications are due by Dec. 30.

Later in January, the second boot camp by OK Coders will be held evenings in Tulsa.

Organizers say all spots fill quickly when registrations open, so those who are interested should fill out their application well before the deadline.

The cost is $250 for each camp.

Susan Moring, director
Susan Moring, director of OK Coders OKC boot camp

Director for the Oklahoma City boot camp is Susan Moring. She has shared the helm of OK Coders with Taylor Potter since its inception in 2014 when the University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) teamed with Danny Maloney, Founder and CEO of local startup Tailwind to respond to the growing need for coders in Oklahoma.

Potter is the director of the Tulsa boot camp and works for CCEW out of their Tulsa office.

In an episode of Intersections podcast, Moring said that OK Coders’ boot camps are designed to give participants a strong coding start either as retraining to improve employment opportunities or as a first-time experience to explore aptitudes and interests.

Zach Mays is the instructor for the Oklahoma City boot camp.

“I like being able to guide people toward a career that is rewarding and traditionally difficult to enter on one’s own,” Mays told Free Press.

Since first learning code at OK Coders, he has gone on to become a software engineer at an Oklahoma City startup.

Zach Mays boot camp OK Coders
Zach Mays, OKC boot camp instructor (provided by OK Coders)

“Zach understands what some of the challenges are for those who are first learning code, so he is very effective,” said Moring.

In the podcast, Moring said, “We want to give students from many backgrounds the opportunity to explore as they learn. It’s a great opportunity.”
“We have participants from age 20 to 50, both women and men who participate,” she said. “It’s a very diverse group of people who take advantage of this affordable learning opportunity.”

The code boot camp covers HTML & CSS, JavaScript, web servers and databases.

The CCEW defines its purpose as “specializing in technology commercialization, software business development, social entrepreneurship, and agile product design.”

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