I can remember the press conference regarding the opening of the Arkansas Coding Academy. A group of UCA and community leaders gathered for the news. The new organization tapped Mary Condit who had directed The Iron Yard in Little Rock.
Condit came with experience. She is a past participant in The ARK Challenge as a member of the WeGeek startup. She also served as a Digital Marketing Manager for Agency 501 and is a UCA Alum. Two and half years later the AR Coding Academy (ACA) shows no signs of slowing down.
Recently the coding school launched a new campus in Fayetteville to add to the new campus in Conway and the Little Rock campus at Philander Smith. The school has also established an apprentice program that will help with the transition from student to professional.
Condit recently answered a few questions about ACA and its future.
CS: How long as ACA been open?
The AR Coding Academy has been open for a little over 2 and a half years after getting our start in July of 2016.
CS: Can you give us an idea of some of the milestones ACA has achieved?
When we started in 2016, I never imagined that we would have grown from one little classroom to a full-blown campus, host classes in Little Rock, and be opening a new campus in Fayetteville.
CS: How have graduates impacted local companies, particularly Conway?
Our graduates have gone to work for numerous companies in Arkansas, and I truly believe the best thing our students provide is their tactical knowledge, various backgrounds in differing industries, and their grit. They have also helped to fill the talent pipeline quickly and efficiently.
CS: What has been the biggest surprise for you as director of ACA?
I am always surprised by the continuous outpouring of support from the Central Arkansas community and UCA. There has never been a lack of kindness and open arms here, and people are constantly stepping up to help us equip our students. I am so thankful and always humbled.
CS: What have been some challenges ACA has faced?
I think we will always have challenges getting the word out about our program. Word of mouth is the best marketing strategy around here, so we’re always looking for new and better ways to amplify our voices and what this program can help you do.
CS: What do you see for the future of ACA in 2019?
I see growth! As we move into Fayetteville, I think it will allow us to test our strengths and see what exactly the future holds for ARCA. Onward and Upward!