Bloomington, IN (January 5, 2016) – The Bloomington Technology Partnership (BTP) has announced the next session of Bloomington Code School, its program designed to help the community learn web development and design skills to fill open tech jobs in the area. The program is free for Monroe County residents and will run January 25 through April 13. Participants will use Codecademy and Lynda.com to learn basic front end web development, JavaScript and jQuery, PHP, or web design, and will also receive guidance from local tech professionals.

Approximately 200 Monroe County residents have participated in the program since its inception in June 2014. Participants come with various backgrounds, ranging in age from 19 to those in their 60s, and some never having written code before while others have experience in multiple languages.

“Bloomington Code School has been offering courses as a free service to Monroe County since June 2014,” said Katie Birge, Director of the Bloomington Technology Partnership. “We have teamed up with local web developers and designers to mentor the classes, and feedback from previous participants has allowed us to continue to offer a more robust training for these in-demand tech skills.”

To register for Bloomington Code School or for more information, visit https://bloomingtontech.com/code-school/.

About the BTP

The Bloomington Technology Partnership (BTP) is a collaborative initiative that fosters the growth of Bloomington, Indiana’s emerging high-tech economy through talent recruitment and development, networking opportunities, marketing and technical assistance. The BTP is an initiative of the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation and is funded in part by the City of Bloomington and the Indiana University Office for Engagement. For more information, visit https://bloomingtontech.com.

About Bloomington Code School

Founded by the Bloomington Technology Partnership in June 2014 and offered in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington Code School provides opportunities for Monroe County residents to learn computer programming skills. Bloomington Code School is funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and received founding support from CFC Properties and Smithville Communications.