Charleston’s CodeON Brings Free Coding Classes to the East Side

After a nearly three-year hiatus, Charleston-based outreach program CodeON (Coding in Our Neighborhood) will return this fall with a 6-week program consisting of free weekly computer science labs led by Charleston’s top tech talent.

The weekly coding labs will be hosted every Wednesday from 5 pm to 6 pm, starting on September 14th and concluding on October 19th.

Held on-site at St. Julian Devine Community Center in Charleston’s East Side, which already features a robust afterschool program for the surrounding neighborhoods, the team behind CodeON has transformed a classroom into a tech hub complete with computers, hi-speed internet, and sleek furniture provided by local tech companies.

CodeON welcomes all students looking to learn more about computer science and the world of programming. All coding labs are free and open to the public.

Founded in 2016 by Charleston Women in Tech, CodeON seeks to provides students of all-ages the opportunity and resources to learn fundamental computer science and programing skills. Through free after school code labs, the organization aims to foster curiosity, make coding accessible, and show kids—especially those from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities—the ever-increasing career opportunities in tech. Led by volunteers from Charleston’s top tech companies, the curriculum not only covers basic programming skills, but also provides personalized mentorships, relevant insights on career opportunities, and tech literacy skills. CodeON has logged over 500 students and 93,000 lines of code, with the hope to plant the seed for Charleston’s future tech talent and promote economic mobility in underserved communities.

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