The Greater Knox Cod­ing Academy at Eliza­bethtown Commu­nity and Technical Col­lege announced a new, state-of-the-art learning space. The highly specialized lab, located on ECTC’s main campus, was made possible through a $250,000 grant awarded to the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Students who attend the Greater Knox Cod­ing Academy will learn on equipment and software that reflects current and future standards in the coding industry, said ECTC’s Steve Bratcher, program coordinator.

All computer stations in the lab have dual monitors with built-in computers, unique to the Greater Knox Coding Academy. Five large screens, in addition to the main screen, make interactive learning accessible and visible to all students, regardless of where they’re seated. The instructor can facilitate learning with a dedicated smart board.

The space also boasts a lounge area, Bratcher said, complete with kitchenette and refrigerator.

The coding academy trains people to be certified information technology professionals and prepares them to test for certifications in CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+ and as an Oracle Java SE 8 Certified Junior Associate. These skills are in high demand from area employers as well as defense contractors that support Fort Knox and could lead to a career with a starting salary of $60,000, Bratcher said.

The second coding academy cohort will start Feb. 1. Anyone interested in applying for the next cohort should go to elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/coding academy, or call/text Steve Bratcher at 270-307-9326.