Free software development courses launched in Columbia, Charleston

SC Codes, a statewide program aimed at providing free access to code education is launching in-person cohorts with several library partners in the Midlands and Charleston. With the addition of the new cohorts, SC Codes is now able to offer language-specific courses, to be completed within a three- to six-week period with an in-person instructor. Seats are limited, and students must commit to attending all sessions upon registering for this free offering.

SC Codes, a platform powered by the S.C. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation, has been offering in-person meetups with professional software developers in locations across the state since September 2018. The platform allows for 24/7 access to free online curriculum for any interested resident.

“We know that for many people, it helps to have accountability and an in-person mentor who can help answer questions in real-time,” said Kim Christ, program director for SC Codes. “Our mentors represent some of the area’s strongest tech talent, and we are excited about the opportunities these courses will provide.” 

The courses will be held at several locations with partnership from both the Richland County Public Library, Lexington County Public Library systems, and the Charleston County Library systems.

The schedule for winter/spring 2020 is as follows:

Front-End Basics cohorts

This course takes a hands-on approach to helping you learn the basics of front-end engineering. Starting with an introduction to HTML, students will discover how to build beautiful web pages from scratch, and add interactive elements to make sites come alive.

Thursday evenings, February 2 – March 12 (CLASS FULL)

Each Thursday from 6-7pm

Lexington Main Library

5440 Augusta Rd. in Lexington


Thursday evenings, March 19-April 23

Each Thursday from 6-7pm

Lexington Main Library

5440 Augusta Rd. in Lexington



Tuesday evenings, March 10 – April 14

Each Tuesday from 6-7pm

Richland Main Library

1431 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201



Wednesday evenings, April 29 – June 3

Each Wednesday from 6-7pm

Sandhills Library

763 Fashion Dr, Columbia, SC 29223



JavaScript Concepts cohort

JavaScript is responsible for how content on a web page behaves, and is closely linked with HTML and CSS, which provide structure and styling to a webpage. JavaScript allows for advanced web page customization. Builds on the skills learned in Front-End basics cohorts.

Mondays, March 2 – March 23

Each Monday from 6-7 p.m

Charleston Main Library

68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401


Tuesdays, March 3 – March 24

Each Tuesday from 6-7 p.m.

Baxter Patrick James Island Library

1858 S Grimball Rd, Charleston, SC 29412



Sundays, March 15 – March 29

Each Sunday from 3-4pm

Lexington Main Library

5440 Augusta Rd, Lexington 29072



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