Arkansas's First Coding Academy to Build the Next Generation Skilled Workforce Addressing the Nationwide Demand for Coding Expertise
CONWAY, Ark., July 19, 2016 – Metova Inc, in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas, today announced the opening of the Arkansas Coding Academy. The Arkansas Coding Academy provides the education and real-world skills required for gainful employment in one of the many openings for coding talent in Arkansas and across the country. Arkansas Coding Academy students are immersed in a hands on approach while learning skills such as building flexible user interfaces for multiple device operating systems including Android and iOS, developing and debugging applications, and more.
To apply to the Arkansas Coding Academy or for more information, please visit: www.ArkansasCodingAcademy.com
“I am glad to see that Metova is partnering with UCA to train the next generation of computer coding professionals. The Arkansas Coding Academy will open a wide variety of opportunities for Arkansans to learn the skills necessary to compete in the fast growing and exciting tech sector,” said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Metova and UCA’s coding academy, combined with our state’s efforts to provide computer science classes for all students, will continue to raise Arkansas’s stature as a state ripe for tech sector investment.”
Arkansas-based technology companies such as Metova, Acxiom, JB Hunt, Ensono and Rockfish currently employ thousands of technology professionals with a steady need for new talent. These companies have committed to hiring at least 100 new tech employees each year, and the Arkansas Coding Academy provides the skills necessary to land these leading-edge positions.
"We’re honored to partner with the University of Central Arkansas on this program that continues in making Arkansas a formidable tech hub in the US," said John Adams, CEO of Metova. "In addition to our work together on the Coding Academy, Metova has recently opened a satellite office right on the University of Central Arkansas campus, providing internships and cutting edge opportunities for UCA students."
With offices in Conway, and Fayetteville Arkansas, Metova has been at the forefront in design and development of Android apps since the first Android phone was released in 2008. In 2009, Metova developers trained in Objective-C to support the emerging demand for iPhone and iPad apps. With customers ranging from government entities to Fortune 500 companies to organizations including Yelp, Dropbox, and eHarmony, Metova is a leading veteran in mobile app development.
“The Arkansas Coding Academy will not only fill a void in the state for an educated workforce in the areas of technology and computer programming, but will also provide the talent that our new tech startup and existing companies need around the state,” said UCA President Tom Courtway. “This program, housed in our Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, also complements the other programs we offer, and we are proud that UCA is able to deliver a program of this caliber to the state of Arkansas.”
Arkansas Coding Academy
- Three month and six month programs.
- Coding Academy Credits support UCA 4 year degree programs.
- Small classroom environments foster individual growth.
- Scholarships, assistance for childcare and transportation expenses available for those who qualify.
- Partnerships with tech companies including Metova, Acxiom, Rock Pond, Rockfish, JB Hunt, RevUnit and Field Agent facilitate student job search and placement.
- All students receive access to UCA Resources.
Founded in 2006, Metova set out to build beautiful mobile applications while creating a great place for people to work. Today, Metova focuses on creating mobile, web and cybersecurity solutions for Government and Commercial markets. Metova’s work environment promotes a unique culture of team work, creativity and personal development that has attracted leading engineering, strategy and design talent.