FORSYTH COUNTY, NC — The fastest growing tech company in Winston-Salem now calls the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter home. However, Inmar Chairman and CEO David Mounts said he’s having trouble finding qualified people to fill dozens of open jobs.
“We’ve got to get better as a community at producing more of the STEM positions,” said Mounts.
‘STEM’ stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
Lawrence Reaves says his new company in Kernersville, called Coder Foundry, will help people get some those jobs.
“If you do a job search right now and type in ‘.Net developer’ into a job search, you’ll see over a 1,000 jobs right now in a 100 mile radius of this area,” said Reaves. “The salaries are robust. The average is $100,000 right now for an experienced coder in central North Carolina.”
Coder Foundry will begin classes in July teaching computer programming to beginners and people with coding experience through 12 week intensive courses. Upon graduating, students will be placed in jobs with local companies. Coder Foundry CTO Bobby Davis says even junior level jobs pay around $60,000 a year.
“It can definitely launch you into a brand new career that has no signs of slowing down. The demand is exponential,” said Davis.
People interested in the programs have to apply online. Only 15 people will be accepted for each course in July. Apprentice classes start at $7,800.