By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 18, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The I/O Avenue Coding Academy held its first classes Monday, but it's already looking towards advancing Tallahassee's future.
The academy offers two classes: "On-Ramp," a web design class for beginners and "Highway," designed for the more advanced tech students.
Director Ryan Kopinsky says that this is just the program Tallahassee needs to advance its workforce.
"Being in Tallahassee for the last ten years, I've realized that our business community has started to mature and flourish," Kopinsky said. "The main issue that we're seeing right now is the lack of technical talent. So this is, I think, the missing piece in the puzzle to really make sure that our economy starts booming in the 21st century."
The Mayor's Office teamed up with Domi and FAMU to found the program. Students will be able to learn more about web design, coding, and software.
Mayor Andrew Gillum believes that I/O Avenue could help close a gap in the community.
"At the time that we did a survey of our community of jobs in the tech sector, there were roughly 550 jobs that went advertised for anywhere between 10 to 12 months," Gillum said. "We built the curriculum for this program based on what those jobs were looking for. So at the end of this, I know there will be jobs, and high-paying jobs, available."
Both programs run for 12 weeks. For more information, you can visit https://www.ioavenue.com/.