Montana Code School Graduates Start Promising Careers with Montana Technology Companies, Take the Helm of MTCS

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The Montana Code School announces Kelly Nash, a graduate from the Montana Code School's inaugural cohort, its first Executive Director. Montana businesses such as Wisetail Works and Cedar Mountain Software have already taken advantage of the beginning talent pipeline of junior level computer programmers.

"Early on, we saw the promise of the Montana Code School and invested their program through Wisetail Works. Today, we are proud to have hired Juniper Emnett who was a graduate of the Montana Code School’s first cohort." Justin Bigart

Montana Code School continues its mission to expand Montana’s pipeline of computer programming talent to address the acute and immediate need among Montana startups as well as provide junior programmers for Montana’s booming tech sector by actively recruiting students for its next cohort groups - a third for Missoula and the inaugural cohort for Bozeman which starts May 23, 2016 and runs through August 12, 2016.

The Montana Code School offers a 12-week full-time bootcamp intensive full-stack program featuring HTML, CSS and JavaScript, including React, Meteor and node.js. The teaching pedagogy includes pair programming and agile methodologies. Montana Code School’s job placement rate for its inaugural cohort three months after graduation is 90%. Interested students can apply at the Montana Code School website:

Montana Code School announces that Kelly Nash, a graduate from Montana Code School’s inaugural cohort, is now at the helm of the organization as its first Executive Director. Nash brings her direct experience as a Montana Code School graduate to the position along with thirteen years of experience as an educator at the University of Montana as well as time spent in both elementary and middle school educator roles in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“A lot of people want to stay in Montana and earn a livable wage,” says Nash. “Attending Montana Code School can be an on-ramp to a tech job with a good salary without the time commitment of a four-year degree. Startups as well as established Montana technology companies, like Montana companies Cedar Mountain Software and Wisetail, also benefit from an increased local pipeline which enables them to grow their businesses while continuing to locate in Montana. This is a win-win for all sides.”

Nash adds, “It’s especially gratifying working with women, Native Americans, and veterans as they are populations traditionally under-represented in programming jobs.”

One of Montana’s leading technology firms, Bozeman-based Wisetail, recently announced its plan to create more than 100 tech jobs in Montana with an average salary of $75,000.

“The Montana Code School’s innovative approach to training the next generation of tech sector talent is helping ensure home-grown talent is ready to take the good paying jobs we are aiming to create. Early on, we saw the promise of the Montana Code School and invested their program through Wisetail Works. Today, we are proud to have hired Juniper Emnett who was a graduate of the Montana Code School’s first cohort. We congratulate Kelly Nash on taking the helm of this important organization and welcome the next cohort to Bozeman,” said Wisetail CEO and Wisetail Works founder, Justin Bigart.

In September 2015, The Montana Code School received a $100,000 grant from Wisetail Works to support the the school’s development of a virtual learning environment.

“Our experience with hiring a graduate of the Montana Code School (MTCS) has been very positive. Hiring folks who need training has some risks,” acknowledged Bob Jaffe owner of Cedar Mountain Software, “but a MTCS graduate has demonstrated their initiative, desire, and capacity to learn quickly. Our programming work is in areas not directly covered by the MTCS, but our new employee had no problem jumping right in and being productive from day one. We will definitely keep our eye on MTCS for our next hire.”


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