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BCPS, Innovation Florida, Wyncode Academy, and The South Florida Accelerator Launch New Coding Course

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), Innovation Florida, Wyncode Academy and The South Florida Accelerator (TSFA) are excited to launch a pilot computer coding program this summer for high school students. Twenty BCPS students are participating in the eight-week course, gaining skills and hands-on experiences they can use in future careers in the technology industry and 21st century workforce. The program began on June 19, 2017.

The unique computer coding program is geared toward introducing and teaching BCPS students prominent coding languages, including HTML/CSS, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails. During weeks one through four of the course, students use HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to create web pages using industry best practices for front-end web development. In weeks five through eight, students dive into back-end technologies using the Ruby on Rails programming language, turning their front-end creations into dynamic web apps. At the end of the program, students earn a certificate of completion from Wyncode Academy signifying their proficiency in these web technologies, and will have a dynamic web app that they built over the eight-week course, which they can showcase.

“We are excited to be partnering with Florida’s most innovative coding academy, Wyncode, and to be working with Broward County Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest school systems, to introduce students to the power of technology and the possibilities and opportunities that coding can harvest,” said Thomas Buchar, co-founder, TSFA and Innovation Florida.

“This program affords our students an incredible opportunity to expand their skills in computer coding as they explore the many potential career pathways available in this growing industry,” said Dan Gohl, BCPS chief academic officer. “We are proud to partner with Innovation Florida, Wyncode Academy and The South Florida Accelerator to provide this innovative program to our students.”

The overarching goal of the course is to inspire more students to pursue careers in computer coding and technology-related industries, and raise awareness about the many job opportunities available in South Florida.
“Innovation and technology go hand in hand – the importance of immersing students into coding culture is paramount and cannot be overestimated,” said Maria Sachs, executive director of Innovation Florida.
“Having over 400 graduates and over 200 companies hiring from Wyncode, we see firsthand the huge gap in skills that exist within the current marketplace. We are excited to work with Innovation Florida, The South Florida Accelerator and Broward County Public Schools. We commend them on their leadership and foresight in making sure the education being provided to students, is the education that they need to be as prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Juha Mikkola, co-founder of Wyncode.

Students completing the coding course also earn a high school honors internship credit. 

About Broward County Public Schools: 
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

About Innovation Florida:
Innovation Florida serves to connect the state of Florida’s technology assets through a shared resource and advocacy center that provides support in the areas of policy advancement, academic outreach, workforce development, talent acquisition, and entrepreneurialism. Innovation Florida’s founders have strong relationships with the State University’s Presidents and trustees, legislature, the startup, venture capital and tech communities that do business in Florida. Innovation Florida was co-founded by Greenspoon Marder, Citrix Systems, Inc. and The South Florida Accelerator.

About The South Florida Accelerator (TSFA):
The South Florida Accelerator (TSFA) is an innovation accelerator/aggregator with global connectivity. TSFA’s mission is to identify visionary entrepreneurs and facilitate ideation by providing a clear path to success through a global network of strategic corporate partnerships. The company’s venture fund supports the region’s most creative and talented entrepreneurs, making their dreams real so people around the world live happier, healthier and richer lives. For additional information, visit www.tsfa.co.

About Wyncode:
Founded in 2014, Wyncode Academy is Florida’s leading coding educator. Located in the heart of Miami's Wynwood Arts District, Wyncode’s immersive coding bootcamp has graduated over 400 students and is licensed by the Florida Department of Education. Based on industry leading concepts and technologies, over 200 companies have hired from Wyncode. Wyncode received the 2017 Education & Talent Development Award from Miami’s Beacon Council and the 2016 Startup of the Year Award from the South Florida Business Journal.