CodeCamp expands to offer mentorship, networking via CodeCamp Version 3.0

By Liz Segrist
Published Aug. 11, 2014

The Charleston Digital Corridor has expanded its offerings to include more mentorship and networking opportunities to support the growing technology sector.

Funded in part by a $247,000 grant from the state Commerce Department, CodeCamp Version 3.0 will offer mentorship opportunities, employment-focused networking events and an industry advisory board, according to the corridor. CodeCamp has also launched a new website.

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The corridor launched CodeCamp in 2012 to expand the region’s technical workforce by training locals to be Web developers. Local tech professionals teach the classes.

The part-time program provides courses for amateurs and professionals. More than 500 people have taken coding classes through the program.

“The goal was to expand Charleston’s technical workforce by providing individuals of all skill levels with access to affordable training in Web and mobile technologies,” the corridor said in a news release.

CodeCamp takes place in the corridor’s Flagship business incubators in downtown Charleston. Flagship1 and Flagship2 house budding tech companies in need of space and offer coding classes in their computer labs. The city of Charleston funded the buildings, and local companies funded the class space.

“Just like we work to help ‘set the table’ for business investment through physical infrastructure, we must also build up our innovation infrastructure to foster entrepreneurs and high­tech companies in South Carolina,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in a statement.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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