NATIONAL CODING SCHOOL: Governor Mary Fallin shakes hands with Coding Dojo COO and CFO Jay Patel in August after Patel cut the ribbon, in celebration of Coding Dojo’s entrance into Tulsa. Also pictured are Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, left; Dustin Curzon, executive director of 36 Degrees North; and Tulsa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Neal, center.
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Coding school Coding Dojo celebrated its grand opening at 36 Degrees North in downtown Tulsa in August.
Coding Dojo’s opening in Tulsa marks its seventh nationwide location. Its other campuses are in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
Through more than 10 years of curriculum refinement, Coding Dojo is the only coding bootcamp to teach three full technology stacks in one 14-week program. Since 2012, thousands of Coding Dojo students from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels have graduated from the program to become professional developers hired by startups and companies like Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, organ Chase and Uber. It is one of the fastest growing startups with recognition in rankings, including the GeekWire 200.
The celebration included a ribbon cutting and a technology-focused panel discussion with Coding Dojo and Jay Patel, Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, and Bank of Oklahoma President and Steven Bradshaw.
The panelists discussed the shortage of skilled tech workers in Oklahoma and the burgeoning undiscovered tech community in the state. The panel ignited further discussion about how companies and government agencies can collaborate to align the state’s tech needs with the local workforce.