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Coding Dojo

June 07, 2017 10:00 ET

Coding Dojo Fills Midwest High-Tech Talent Shortage with New Tulsa Campus

Partners with George Kaiser Family Foundation to meet need for trained tech talent at large local employers like ConsumerAffairs and Bank of Oklahoma; first campus for Coding Dojo in location with undiscovered tech community

BELLEVUE, WA and TULSA, OK--(Marketwired - Jun 7, 2017) - Coding Dojo, a premier coding school, today announced it will open a Tulsa, Okla. campus. The Tulsa campus will be the seventh location for the coding bootcamp and the first one to open in a mid-size metro area with an undiscovered technology community.

"Tulsa is a unique city as the shortage of skilled tech workers is large in comparison to the market," said Coding Dojo Founder and CEO Michael Choi. "At Coding Dojo, we believe anyone can learn to code with the right resources and motivation, and we are excited to help employers fill this void with people looking to jumpstart their career."

The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to providing equal opportunity for young children through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement, is working closely with Coding Dojo to open its Tulsa campus. The partnership is helping build relationships in the Tulsa community, and with local companies like Bank of Oklahoma and ConsumerAffairs to hire graduates.

"The expansion of Coding Dojo to Tulsa is an exciting development. We expect the program to help attract and keep talent in Tulsa, and ultimately cause new businesses to be formed or even move here," said George Kaiser Family Foundation Executive Director Ken Levit. "As a foundation, we were impressed from our first meeting with Coding Dojo that the company is deeply committed to expanding economic opportunities across the entire community through targeted training as a path to a great job."

While technology is not the primary sector in Tulsa, many employers are looking to fill technology-related positions there. In fact, according to the University of Oklahoma Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth's recent Code Hub project, there are currently 2,074 potential computer coders in the Tulsa area but 4,455 coding positions go unfilled annually in the region. Nationwide, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be one million more computing jobs than computer science graduates by 2020.

"We are excited that Coding Dojo has made the decision to invest in the Tulsa community," said ConsumerAffairs Chief Operating Officer Eric Jenkins. "As our and other employers' need for highly trained software engineers increases, this is a major step in creating that ecosystem."

"Coding Dojo will help provide opportunities for Tulsans to fill the gap in our workforce and help the City of Tulsa prepare our citizens for jobs in today's economy," said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. "Developing a quality workforce in the City of Tulsa will further our goal of increasing Tulsa's population."

The Coding Dojo campus will open Sept. 18, 2017 at 36 Degrees North, a Tulsa entrepreneurship hub and co-working space at 36 East Cameron Street. For more details about Coding Dojo's Tulsa campus, go to codingdojo.com/Tulsa.

About Coding Dojo
Coding Dojo, a premier coding school, believes anyone can learn to code with the right resources and motivation. Through more than ten years of curriculum refinement, it is the only coding bootcamp to teach three full technology stacks in a single 14-week program. Since 2012, thousands of Coding Dojo students from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels have been transformed into professional developers who go on to be hired by startups and world-class companies like Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, JPMorgan Chase and Uber. Coding Dojo has campuses in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Tulsa and Washington D.C. It is one of the fastest growing startups with recognition in rankings like the GeekWire 200. Go to codingdojo.com to learn more.