Bank of America recently announced CodeCrew as its inaugural Neighborhood Champions awardee in Memphis for 2019 with a grant of $50,000, bringing the bank’s total year-end support for the organization to $62,500. The contributions to CodeCrew have helped further its work ensuring that participants in Memphis are afforded training opportunities in a growing career field focused on computing, programming and development. At the luncheon celebration on Thursday, graduates will have the opportunity to share their projects with representatives from some of Memphis’s largest businesses and nonprofits including RegionalOne Healthcare, ALSAC/St. Jude, Autozone, International Paper, Devcon, IndigoAg, Vaco, Eatfix and Education Reform.
CodeCrew’s Code School is designed to train individuals to be entry-level software developers within a six-month course. Students work in a small classroom setting and use real-world technologies to learn the fundamentals of coding, app development, and the leadership and life skills needed for a successful career and job market competitiveness.
“It is important for Regional One Health, and specifically our Center for Innovation, to be a part of events like [the] luncheon to see the talent that is coming out of the program,” said Alejandra Alvarez from Regional One Health. “Our Center for Innovation is working with developers to create new technology that will improve patient outcomes or healthcare services in different ways. Events like the luncheon allow us to engage with potential interns or employees and continue a partnership that is beneficial for Memphis’s ecosystem.”
“I think Memphis has a really valuable tech market with companies like Autozone, FedEx, and International Paper,” said Code School Graduate Autumn Ragland. “Code School connected me with the network they have built in Memphis, and I think those employers are really impressed with the caliber or developers coming out of Code School.”