COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) — On Friday, the Mississippi Coding Academies golden triangle campus celebrated the graduation of their 2021-2022 class of coders.
The 11-month tuition-free program teaches students the programming skills to build a website, app, or even a video game from scratch.
“There will always be vacancies for coders, programmers, developers,” says coding instructor Jessika Hayes.
This promotion is Hayes’ first as an instructor at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.
“This field needs more technically inclined people,” she says. “Teaching them programming gives people a tangible skill set that they can apply not just for a few months or years, but for decades.”
“You’ll be able to understand how and why a website or app looks a certain way and works a certain way,” she says.
Students will be exposed to both front-end and back-end programming.
“The interface is what you see, what it looks like, the buttons, your menu bars, the photos, the text boxes, things like that,” says Hayes. “The backend is what happens behind the scenes. What happens when you click this button? What happens to your username when you type it into a text box? »
Hayes learned under Andrew Stamps, now director of the coding academy campus in Biloxi.
“We’ve transformed lives that we hope can perhaps change some views about this part of our country,” Stamps says. “You know, ‘Hey, this is a place I never thought I’d find this kind of talent.'”
The Mississippi Coding Academies program is designed to be an easily accessible, non-traditional path to becoming a software professional, especially for people from disadvantaged or underserved communities.
A path with the potential to transform not just their careers, but all of Mississippi.
“The vision was to have this type of training for this field, this type of educational opportunity for citizens,” said EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks. “(To prepare for) the next generation of jobs in Mississippi.”