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LaunchCode Mentor Center takes off in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Technology apprenticeship and job-placement startup LaunchCode is opening a collaborative tech training space called the LaunchCode Mentor Center in St. Louis. The facility will house the organization’s technology education and training program and serve as the hub for collaborative initiatives with several other like-minded partners.

“The LaunchCode Mentor Center illustrates what can be accomplished when we work together to improve our communities, our economy and our state,” said Gov. Jay Nixon. “LaunchCode is building a bridge for members of the community to access next-generation tech training, and for growing businesses to access a pipeline of trained workers.”

LaunchCode partners with educators and employers in 10 states to offer high-quality pathways to education and jobs in technology through paid apprenticeships and job placement. Over 90 percent of LaunchCode apprentices are converted to permanent hires within 90 days. Earlier this year, Pres. Barack Obama recognized the St. Louis-based program as a national model for bridging the talent gap in high tech industries.

The Mentor Center now serves as the physical location of LaunchCode’s administrative office where it employs a staff of 28.  Renovations of the new 10,000-square-foot space took place over the summer and fall.

Source: Gov. Jay Nixon

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