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BoiseCodeWorks announces plans to open code school

The school’s founders say the skills to be taught are tailored to make graduates instantly qualified for many of the positions Treasure Valley tech companies struggle to fill.

BoiseCodeWorks curriculum includes Javascript and 11 other coding applications, co-founder Jake Overall said.

“It is our hope that this school will help create real value in the Treasure Valley as we will begin to fill the many job openings for capable developers,” he said.

The BoiseCodeWorks campus will be at 129 E. 50th St., Suite A, in Garden City. The public is invited to an open house from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The school plans to begin classes with its first cohort of 25 students in August, Overall said.

Jay Larsen, president of the Idaho Technology Council, said the Treasure Valley desperately needs more grown-at-home coding talent and that code schools could play a role in helping Idaho tech companies expand.

“Look at the shortage across the city of Boise and Idaho and the country,” Larsen said. “We need more software professionals. What BoiseCodeWorks and similar organizations can do is deeply needed in the Boise area.”

But Larsen said he did not know enough about BoiseCodeWorks to endorse it.

Each member of the founding trio hails from the tech world. A Boise native, Overall has worked as a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard and taught classes at DevMountain, a similar code school in Salt Lake City. His brother, Matt Overall, is lead developer and lead software engineer at MedAmerica in Nampa. Chris Hoyd, a startup attorney based in Austin, Texas, will head community outreach.

The courses will cost $3,200 paid upfront or in three installments.

Code schools around the country have done a good job producing work-ready graduates, Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said.

“Code schools are successful because they focus their cohorts on specific technology skills with hands-on, immersive programs,” Sayer said. “This allows our workforce to make a short time commitment and develop an in-demand skill.”

Organizers of Trailhead, a Downtown nonprofit that provides resources to startups, told the Statesman in May that Trailhead hoped to secure funding to start its own code school. Organizers did not immediately return requests for an update and asking whether the BoiseCodeWorks announcement affect Trailhead’s plans.

For more information on BoiseCodeWorks curriculum and course structure, go to boisecodeworks.com.

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