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LaunchCode Will Offer Paid Coding Apprenticeships in Kansas City

Launch CodeHere's the bad news for KC companies in search for ​coding talent: the demand for those who can program code in Kansas City far outstrips the supply. Here's the good news for those looking for ​a new opportunity to be that supply: LaunchCode is coming to Kansas City. 

LaunchCode is a fast-growing technology employment nonprofit, based in St. Louis. The program focuses on developing computer coders from economically disadvantaged communities ​through a paid apprenticeship program―making it a great opportunity for those wanting to start a productive and well-paying career. .  

On July 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Union Station Board Room, LaunchCode will host a public forum to discuss its Kansas City expansion with regional community leaders, employers, workforce agencies, educators and the public. Interested in attending? RSVP here or contact Amber Withycombe, LaunchCode ​development ​director.
 
LaunchCode is a nonprofit organization creating pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through paid apprenticeships and job placement in technology. LaunchCode partners with ​more than 300 employers nationwide to place job seekers from non-traditional educational backgrounds in paid apprenticeships in technology jobs.

LaunchCode currently has offices in St. Louis and South Florida and places apprentices in 10 different states. As part of the TechHire initiative in St Louis, LaunchCode has placed 205 apprentices in tech jobs with over 90​ percent converted to permanent hires within 90 days.

Its expansion into Kansas City comes as a result of a $250,000 Missouri Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Program award from the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC). While LaunchCode is actively seeking additional funders, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have already joined MTC as key partners in bringing LaunchCode to the region.

LaunchCode has secured commitments to match MTC’s support, but will source an additional $850,000 to fully realize its Kansas City hub and explore opportunities for expansion to other Missouri cities. 

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