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CodeCrew Code School helps connect young adults in Memphis with $60,000-a-year jobs

A program in Memphis is giving young adults a ticket to a middle-class salary.  

Code Crew Code School is training 16 young adults to become entry-level software engineers, earning $60,000 a year, for free. What would normally take a four-year degree to complete is taught in the group's inaugural six-month coding boot camp.

“Once we get in, we hit the ground coding,” student Jordan Parker said.

Every day, students meet at 9 a.m. on the third floor of the Crosstown Concourse where Tech901’s campus is housed. The next eight hours are spent learning programming languages, going over previously assigned homework and completing daily tasks.

“Three hours here feels like 30 minutes. It’s always engaging, it’s always hands on,” Parker said about the course flow. He is one of the 16 alpha class members. He learned about Code Crew after his mother nominated him for a spot.

“It was the opportunity I needed to get my career going,” he said, adding he had minimal prior coding experience. “Even if you don’t have experience with technology, the instructors will work with you.”

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