As LaunchCode Eyes Expansion, Online Learning Exec Offers Support

McKelvey is not only a co-founder of Square, a mobile payments company, but sits on the boards of major St. Louis startups such as Lockerdome and organizations such as Cultivation Capital | Photo by Austin Huguelet
Jim McKelvey plans to expand LaunchCode, the programming apprecenticeship program he started in St. Louis. | Photo by Austin Huguelet

LaunchCode has placed 55 computer programmers with St. Louis companies, prompting the CEO of edX, an online learning platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to offer a hand as LaunchCode eyes expansion.

St. Louis-based LaunchCode is a job placement program for aspiring programmers. Founded by Jim McKelvey, who’s also the co-founder of mobile payments company Square, LaunchCode trains people for tech jobs through apprenticeships with companies. Part of LaunchCode’s training process is the use of Computer Science 50, a Harvard course provided online by edX.

McKelvey is looking to take LaunchCode to other cities, including Miami, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Denver. Anant Agarwal, the CEO of edX, said his organization is eager to assist in that effort.

“Jim is a real visionary,” Agarwal said. “We’ve been real pleased with out partnership between LaunchCode and Jim, and we would like to take this experiment in St. Louis and take it nationwide.”

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