Nov 9, 2021 - Business
Amazon, Nashville Software School join forces
Students at Nashville Software School sit across the table from each other.
Students at Nashville Software School. Photo courtesy of the Nashville Software School

The Nashville Software School announced a partnership with Amazon to launch a new software engineering program.

  • The nine-month online program will be open to students nationwide. It's set to launch in June 2022.

Why it matters: Nashville has emerged as a growing tech sector leader with Amazon and software giant Oracle establishing corporate hubs here.

  • Amazon's partnership with the software school could create a pipeline to fill a pressing need as the region adds an array of high-level computing jobs.
  • The program is "the kind of infrastructure we're gonna need if we're gonna keep this up," John Wark, founder and CEO of the Nashville Software School, tells Axios.

How it works: The new program is adapted from the in-house curriculum Amazon uses to train employees going into software engineering.

The bottom line: Wark says the program could be transformational for the Nashville Software School, which launched in 2012 and has produced more than 1,600 graduates. He expects to see an uptick in enrollment.

  • "This program alone has the potential to double the number of motivated adults that we put into tech careers within two years."
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