Coding Academy opens at Lubbock Center

South Plains College’s Coding Academy is opening at the Lubbock Center on Feb. 4.

The academy will consists of four courses: Introduction to Web 101; Introduction to Web Coding C#221; .NET 321 Programming; and Fullstack 421.

“South Plains College partnered with Lubbock Coding Academy to offer coding based on industry needs and demands,” said Ben Alexander, executive director of the Lubbock Center. “In conjunction with LEDA and Texas Tech University, research was conducted. Based on the surveys, the needs of the industry was heard; the Lubbock Coding Academy was birthed.”

Students interested in the academy must be accepted and enrolled at South Plains College.

“Enrollment is simple,” Alexander explained. “Students who are interested will go to our website and follow the instructions there. The first application is a screening application, followed by an application to SPC Continuing Education classes. The Lubbock Center is opened to help students navigate through.”

Introduction to Web 101 will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is an eight-week course. The course will focus on the fundamentals of front-end web development and introduces the fundamentals of computer programming via the JavaScript language. Web 101 is tailored for students starting with little or no experience in coding.  During this course, students will build functional and professional-quality websites, along with basic JavaScript apps and games.
Alexander explained that originally the Academy had availability for 15 students. That was expanded to 20 after the first 15 spots filled up quickly.

Introduction to Web Coding C#221 is also an eight-week course. Students will study C# syntax, an object-oriented programming language. This include data types, control structures, functions and semantics of the language, class, class relationships and exception handling.

The .NET 321 Programming class is an eight-week course. that will cover the fundamentals of web developer, utilizing .NET framework, and SQL. .NET is a software framework developed by Microsoft that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It is used to build web applications, mobile applications and desktop applications.

Fullstack 321 brings the back-end and front-end of programming together, teaching students to deploy full-stack applications using C#, .NET, SQL and the Angular framework. Angular framework is a JavaScript-based open-source front-end web application framework mainly maintained by Google and by a community of individuals and corporations to address many of the challenges encountered in developing sing-page applications.

“Students become knowledgeable in coding and marketable to companies looking for software development help, programming help, web development, and security programming management,” Alexander said. “Students will be able to apply to companies that need help in web development, computer networking, software development and any IT-related industries. Additionally, students are also able to continue on with SPC to an Associate’s Degree or Associate of Applied Science degree after they are employed in the industry.”