The demand for employees with technology development knowledge continues to increase, including in Lubbock.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 302,500 jobs in software development were expected to be created nationwide between 2016 and 2026.
Christine Allen, director of workforce development at the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, said for years she has heard from local employers that coders and software developers were in high demand in Lubbock.
To meet that need, local organizations and an Austin business are coming together to provide technical education to those interested in a high-demand career.
Lubbock Coding Academy will start Feb. 4. The class will meet at the South Plains College Lubbock Center at 3907 Ave. Q from 6-9 p.m. two nights a week for nine months. The program costs a total of $5,960, and LEDA is offering grants to businesses who want to support an employee through the program.
The program is offered