Application for LaunchCode’s Free Fall Coding Class Now Open

September 19, 2017

HILLSBOROUGH AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FL – LaunchCode, a national nonprofit that connects aspiring technologists with apprenticeships and jobs in tech, has opened applications for LC 101 Tampa Bay, a free 23-week computer programming course designed to put people on a path towards a career in technology. The class will be offered in partnership with CareerSource Tampa Bay at CareerSource’s Career Center on N. Florida Avenue. Registration is now open at

“LaunchCode’s mission is to make having a good-paying, rewarding career in technology accessible to everyone. To this end, LC 101 is free, part-time, and gives participants the in-demand skills that they need to launch their careers,” said Matt Mawhinney, Florida Program Director at LaunchCode.

“As a TechHire Community we are creating ways to improve our community for the tech companies and employees,” states Edward Peachey, president & CEO of CareerSource Tampa Bay. “We see working with LaunchCode as part of the effort to make sure the opportunities in our region’s growing tech economy are broadly accessible.”
WHAT:  LC101 is LaunchCode’s flagship free, part-time computer science and web development class.

WHO: Anyone 18 years old or older with the aptitude and drive to gain coding skills to further their current career, or begin a new career in tech– no previous coding experience required. Interested individuals will need to complete an online application and aptitude test, as well as a beginning coding assignment.
WHEN:  October 17th, 2017 to March 22, 2018; class meets Tuesdays & Thursday evenings from 6-9:00 pm

WHERE: CareerSource Tampa Bay, 9215 N. Florida Avenue, Suite 101 Tampa, FL 33612


INFO SESSIONS: September 28th & October 3rd, 6:00pm, 9215 N. Florida Avenue, Suite 101 Tampa, FL 33612, RSVP here: due to Hurricane Irma


About LaunchCode
LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization, founded by Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, partnering with over 500 companies nationwide to offer paid apprenticeships and jobs for aspiring developers and technologists. LaunchCode also has offices in St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Miami, FL, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. Learn more at

About CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas
CareerSource Tampa Bay (CSTB) and CareerSource Pinellas (CSPIN) establish workforce development and training policies for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. To learn more about our valuable, no-cost resources for businesses and job seekers, visit or An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. Proud partners of the American Job Center network.


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