Omaha Code School has found a home in Midtown Crossing.
The school, which will begin its first class Feb. 24, aims to take its students from “novice to hirable” Web developers in 12 intense weeks.
We reported on the school earlier this month, but it had not yet settled on a location. It will be at 200 S. 31st Ave., suite 4107, in Midtown Crossing, near Cantina Laredo. The space was formerly a home furnishings store, said Sumeet Jain, co-founder and instructor of the school.
Jain said Midtown Crossing has been very accommodating. "Finding someone to lease us space on a short term was not easy."
The space also is centrally located, with lunch and dinner options nearby and downtown, and the Mastercraft building, home to many startups, just a short drive away, Jain said.
>>The school's first 13 students have been chosen. All students aside from one, a New Yorker, are from Nebraska, Jain said. A few have experience in the design field and are interested in rounding out their skills. A few, seeing the school as a career starter, have almost no technical experience.
>> Several, including student Andy von Dohren, have quit their full-time jobs to attend. He's started a blog documenting his experience.
>>A few have set up fundraising pages to help pay for the cost of attending the school and the hardware needed. “Part of entrepreneurship is being enterprising and going to get what you need,” Jain said.
>>The school now has four supporting employers who will provide scholarship money, play a part in the school's culminating job fair and help sponsor Demo Night, where students will show what they've built throughout the course. The companies: Omaha Web hosting management company Flywheel; Omaha Web development consultancy Lyconic; Lincoln marketing agency Swanson Russell; and Sioux Falls, S.D., design firm Lemonly.