Peachtree Corners’ Mayor Mike Mason announced Thursday that Prototype Prime, a business incubator in the city, is teaming up with Georgia Tech to offer a certificate program beginning in January.

The program, titled Georgia Tech Coding Boot Camp, is 24 weeks long and prepares learners with fundamental skills and knowledge on front-end and back-end web development.

The program gives students a chance to learn and refine coding skills such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript as well as other coding languages on a part-time schedule.

Atlanta and Savannah already have established coding boot camp programs, meeting from 6:30- 9:30 p.m. on two weekdays and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The days of a university having a campus and dorms and it being a normal form of an educational institution is not the way it is anymore,” Mason said. “Georgia Tech graduates a ton of students online as well as a lot of other schools.”

Transportation and traffic in Atlanta is a reason Mason said it is a positive the program is coming to Peachtree Corners.

“By having it here where there is a concentration of high tech companies we’re hoping it will be successful,” Mason said. “There are a lot of openings and opportunities for coders here.”

The history between Georgia Tech and Peachtree Corners is intertwined. The late Paul Duke, a Georgia Tech alumnus, is regarded as one of the fathers of what would become Peachtree Corners through his development of Technology Park.

“Without Georgia Tech would there have been a Paul Duke?” Mason said. “Without that configuration and Paul Duke would there be a Tech Park? Would there be a Peachtree Corners? Things end up the way they are supposed to be.”

Georgia Tech president Bud Peterson said there is a shift in the focus of students going to college.

“When I graduated the goal was to get out and graduate and work for a large corporation,” he said. “Today a lot of these students want to go create their own startup business. They don’t want to get trained for a job, but educated for a career.”

Peterson said in Peachtree Corners alone, there are three start-ups from Georgia Tech alumni.

The benefits of the program include gaining experience, while building a portfolio filled with projects and applications as well as receiving a certificate of completion from Georgia Tech Professional Education.

Classes begin on Jan. 28. For more information on the program visit the Georgia Tech Professional Education website.

I graduated from Brookwood High School and Georgia Southern University with a degree in Journalism. I cover news and education for the largest school system in the state of Georgia.

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