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January 22, 2015

Tech Talent South Opens New Orleans Classroom

Tech Talent South, a technology training school with locations throughout the southern United States, is opening in New Orleans and accepting applications for enrollment in their training program. Their arrival will support the rapid growth of the technology industry in Greater New Orleans by preparing tech enthusiasts for employment with many of the digital media companies in the region.

“Greater New Orleans, Inc. is very excited to welcome Tech Talent South to New Orleans,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “After several years of technology companies growing in the region, Tech Talent South will be an integral part of preparing local residents for well-paying jobs in their offices.”

“Tech Talent South is thrilled to be bringing our Code Immersion Programs to New Orleans,” said Tech Talent South Co-Founder Richard Simms. “As we explored new markets to expand into in 2015, the awesome activity percolating in New Orleans and the warm reception we received from the great folks in the tech/startup community down there really made it a no brainer. With such a rich culture and community full of creative and inventive folks, we know that New Orleans has the potential to become a major tech hub on a national level and, we want to do our part to help.”

In New Orleans, the school will begin with their 8-week Code Immersion Program, which includes training on Ruby on Rails, Domain Modeling, HTTP and “RESTful” Design, HTML/CSS , Javascript and AJAX, APIs, and more. Their first track begins on January 26 and will be held at Propeller. The official host of Tech Talent South, Propeller, is a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization founded in 2009 that incubates and launches socially minded ventures from its co-working location, where workspace and event space are available for rent. Their offices are located at the intersection of Washington and Broad Streets.

Applications can be made at the Tech Talent South website, techtalentsouth.com.

“We welcome Tech Talent South to New Orleans and are proud they selected our city as a place to do business – providing access and opportunities to our residents,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Tech Talent South directly aligns with our Economic Opportunity Strategy, training New Orleanians for high-wage workforce opportunities and pathways to prosperity.”

Local digital design and software engineering company Revelry Labs will be providing a scholarship to cover tuition and a MacBook for a qualified female applicant to the program.

“New Orleans and Tech Talent South are extremely well matched,” said Melissa Ehlinger, Interim President & CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “Tech Talent South adds a much-needed component to our creative digital media employment pipeline. It is a fast-track to jobs for local residents. For local employers, it is an additional piece of the puzzle to expedite growth of the city’s employee pool. All in all, a great new asset for New Orleans.”

Tech Talent South currently operates in Raleigh, Asheville, Charlotte and Atlanta, offering a wide range of course offerings that range from multi-language programs to advanced teaching of specific disciplines. The schools also offer youth programming for local students interested in learning more about working with technology.


About Tech Talent South

Tech Talent South’s mission is to develop more much-needed technical talent through immersive beginner-focused programs teaching web development and computer programming. Tech Talent South currently runs programs out of Atlanta, GA, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC and Asheville, NC. Students come out of the program with a tremendous foundation in web development and the know-how to code, design, and ship dynamic database-backed web applications.

More information can be found at techtalentsouth.com.

About Greater New Orleans, Inc.

GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization, serving to coordinate, consolidate, and catalyze economic development activity. The GNO, Inc. Mission is to create jobs and wealth in the Greater New Orleans community. The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.

More information can be found at www.gnoinc.org.