The Greater Knox Coding Academy at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is accepting applications for its second session, which starts Feb. 16 in a new learning space.

“We’ve seen the success of the first cohort and are excited to welcome new coding students to the program,” Steve Bratcher, academy program coordinator, said in a news release. “Several students from the first session are already employed by organizations like local defense contractors. We’re proud of what we’ve seen them accomplish through the coding academy.”

According to the release, students who attend the Greater Knox Coding Academy will learn on equipment and software that reflects current and future standards in the coding industry.

“The 17-week coding academy is intensive,” Bratcher said. “This new, customized lab is the perfect environment for students to study, learn and reach their full potential.”

All computer stations in the lab have dual monitors with built-in computers, unique to the 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 has a lounge area, complete with kitchenette and refrigerator.

The 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 and defense contractors that support Fort Knox and could lead to a career with a salary up to $65,000.

Graduates of the program who pass all related exams could earn up to 19 college credit hours, which count toward the associate degree in applied science in computer information technology.

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 Jan. 15.

“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.”

Those interested in applying for the class should go to elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/coding academy, call 270-706-8700 or call/text Bratcher at 270-307-9326.

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