by Joe Wyatt Published May 1, 2019 The Amarillo College Board of Regents has given its consent to establish a Coding Academy next spring featuring a full-stack development certificate for aspiring developers weighing careers in the ever-expanding high-tech industry. "We are wanting to build a skilled workforce to help attract high-paying industries to Amarillo and to provide more opportunities for our community,” said Carol Buse, dean of STEM. “We’re excited to be moving forward with this.” To be eligible for the nine-month Coding Academy, students must demonstrate some proficiency in programming or have completed the Apple Swift app-development curriculum offered at AC. All three Apple Swift classes will be offered at AC next fall, so students who are interested in the Coding Academy can proceed in sequence from the Apple curriculum to the Academy. Additionally, Thrive Scholarships may be applied to the Apple classes and the full-stack Coding Academy, which means eligible graduates of high schools within the Amarillo Independent School District can enroll in both tuition-free. Buse says the Coding Academy’s curriculum will be problem-based, giving students the opportunity to develop solutions to real-world problems – and implement them. An advisory committee comprised of area tech-industry professionals will help develop a dynamic curriculum that contains multiple data-based technologies and is not constrained by featuring a single technology. Pending final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, AC anticipates launching the Coding Academy in the spring semester of 2020. Students who complete the Coding Academy will earn a certificate commensurate with 24 credit hours or 8 Computer Information Systems (CIS) courses. For more information about the Amarillo College Coding Academy or the Apple Swift classes being offered next fall semester, please contact Carol Buse at email@example.com or 806-354-5621.