The Vogue Building, where Codeup resides, was one of four major stops along the Tech Trek.
Codeup resides in the Vogue Building. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Codeup is growing up.

The 18-week coding bootcamp-style workforce development program for aspiring software developers increased in size Friday by 6,500 square feet – adding three classrooms and additional breakout rooms so that three cohorts can immerse themselves in learning how to code at the same time.

The announcement came Friday at a San Marcos-held event called the Austin-San Antonio Growth Summit, a conference looking at the growing megaregion’s economic growth and the challenges it faces.

Codeup will now take up the third and sixth floors in the downtown Vogue Building at 600 Navarro St.

“It is so exciting to see what we’ve been working on come to life,” said Yumi Jeon, Codeup’s marketing director.

Michael Girdley, who founded Codeup and serves the company as chairman, tweeted on Monday that the downtown coding academy is developing a new program to train students for a role in data science.

“We are researching data science to see if that would be a viable program for us,” said Phillip Hernandez, vice president of operations, who spoke at the Friday event. “More to come [in] Q1.”

The program has yet to be approved, but Codeup says the data science course would be the only such program offered in the city.

Codeup instructors teach full-stack web development, meaning both the aspect of a website or app that is seen, such as a button or navigation bar, and the interaction with servers and databases, which users do not see.

Hernandez said broadening the workforce development programming at Codeup is about giving graduates a diversity of opportunities.

About 75 percent of Codeup graduates stay in San Antonio, but an increasing number of Codeup’s industry partners are hiring elsewhere, he said.

“Right now you come out of Codeup, you’re an entry-level Java developer,” he said. “We want [Codeup graduates to have] multiple avenues.”

Tuition for an 18-week course costs $22,500. Scholarships are available for women, ethnic minorities, veterans, first responders, members of the LGBTQIA community, and people who relocate to San Antonio to study at Codeup.

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez was a columnist, former editor and reporter at the San Antonio Report.