LaunchCode and St. Louis Community College Partnership Creates Path to Software Developer Degree

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Aspiring computer developers interested in entering the technology field can now receive credits toward a software development associate degree thanks to a partnership between St. Louis Community College and LaunchCode. 

LaunchCode, a nonprofit that provides accessible tech education and training, places aspiring coders into paid apprenticeships and jobs with local employers. The organization is partnering with STLCC to create a pathway into the college’s software developer program.

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LaunchCode 101 course at the St. Louis Community College

 “LaunchCode trains people with a goal of getting them into tech jobs quickly,” said Haley Shoaf, LaunchCode’s Education Director of Operations. “But it’s really validating that our learners can also work toward a degree through this partnership while gaining necessary skills for employment in the tech field.”

Students who have completed LaunchCode Java or Web tracks and meet STLCC admission requirements will have a maximum of 11 college credits that will apply toward STLCC’s 64-hour associate degree in software development.

 “This agreement allows LaunchCode participants to take their learning experiences and convert them into academic credit,” said Julie Fickas, Ed.D., interim dean in Business and Communications at STLCC’s Meramec campus. “With up to nearly a semester’s worth of college credit that can be applied to their course of study, they can continue their educational journey and decrease the time and financial resources needed to complete an associate degree.”

Learners seeking an associate degree must provide verification of course completion when they apply to STLCC. Individuals who have earned college credits at other institutions also may apply. 

Enrollment for LaunchCode’s LC 101 opens on May 17. Enrollment for LaunchCode’s CoderGirl, a program geared toward women in tech, opened on May 8. Classes begin mid-July for both programs. For more information, visit www.LaunchCode.org/Learn.

LaunchCode has placed more than 400 people into paid tech apprenticeships in the St. Louis region, and more than 600 nationwide.