The Greater Knox Coding Academy at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is accepting applications for its second session, which begins Aug. 3.

“We’ve seen the success of the first cohort and are excited to welcome new coding students to the program,” said ECTC’s Steve Bratcher, Greater Knox Coding Academy coordinator.

The coding academy trains people to be certified information technology professionals in 17 weeks 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 salary up to $65,000, Bratcher said.

“Several students from the first session already have received offers of employment,” he said. “We’re proud of what we’ve seen them accomplish through the coding academy.”

Graduates of the program who pass all related exams could earn up to 19 college credit hours, which count toward the Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Technology programming track. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Students must be at least 17 years old at the start of class, pass a background check and complete three aptitude tests, which can be taken at ECTC. Deadline to apply is July 13.

“The Greater Knox Coding Academy is an excellent opportunity for students interested in IT,” Bratcher said. “In just a few short months graduates could be well on their way to a rewarding, high-paying career.”

For information, go to or call 270-706-8700.

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