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LANCE: Code class makes great gift

Perhaps you are looking for a career change? Maybe you want to make more money in the new year? Now is a perfect time to start considering your resolutions as we head towards 2017. Set aside some of that holiday money to invest in yourself.

Ever heard the terms HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, C#, ASP.Net, Bootstrap, Express.js, and React.js? These are only a few of the computer code languages anyone can learn at Georgia Tech Savannah’s 24 Week Coding Bootcamp. The classes begin on Jan. 24 and end July 17. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to become full stack developers (i.e. programmers who can work with both back-end and front-end technologies), receive career-planning assistance, and participate in hands-on learning activities with employers.

If all this jargon is scaring you, no worries! You’ll learn all things programming A to Z during your classes! At the end of the bootcamp, students receive a Certificate of Completion from Georgia Tech Professional Education and will be ready for employment.

Here are some stats to noodle: Web development ranks number three of the best technology jobs to have according to U.S. News. The median salary of web developers is $64,970 and reaches $112,680 per year on the high end. The Bureau of Labor Statistics positions a career in web development as one of the fastest growing careers with a 20 percent growth rate by 2022.

The Georgia Tech Savannah Coding Bootcamp is open to anyone with or without a college degree. Students can be completely inexperienced or have working knowledge of code. This a great opportunity for not only those looking for a career change, but for entrepreneurs looking to build their own web or mobile application. While the courses allow students to continue to work a full-time job, the time and money investment is for those who are serious about learning to code.

Beyond learning in the classroom, students will spend 10-15 hours every week on external projects and activities to build a professional project portfolio that will exhibit their abilities to code web applications.

Those interested in signing up for the 24-week bootcamp must complete an application and be accepted to participate. To learn more about the application and costs, visit www.codingbootcamp.pe.gatech.edu.

For employers, here’s some really great news: Georgia Tech will be hosting an informational breakfast on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for area ­employers interested in sending employees to Georgia Tech’s bootcamp via the Coastal Workforce Investment Board which provides 90 percent tuition reimbursement via scholarship grants. You may be able to help both your company and your employees gain new skills for just pennies on the dollar. That’s a great return on investment. The informational breakfast will be on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus at 210 Technology Circle. If a 24 week bootcamp is more than you can handle at the moment, here’s a great opportunity for interested code dabblers. RailsBridge Workshops offer a fun and friendly environment to learn basic coding for free.

The one day event takes place quarterly at The Creative Coast. Visit www.thecreativecoast.org/programs/railsbridge-workshops to sign up for the next workshop on Feb. 11, 2017.

And finally, here’s a great opportunity for the young (and young at heart).

The upcoming Geekend Arcade features kid-coded video games and is a great venue to introduce your children to the amazing capabilities of code language. Geekend Arcade takes place on Jan. 28 during the recently rescheduled Geekend event and is free and open to the public. More details on Arcade and Geekend is available at www.geek-end.com.

Give yourself the gift of code this coming holiday season by signing up to learn a new skill that will make you a valuable hire.

Kait Lance is an entrepreneurship evangelist and community manager at The Creative Coast, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the creative and entrepreneurial community within the region. Kait can be reached at 912-447-8457 or kait@thecreativecoast.org.

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