What We Do

Since 2013, St. Louis employers, training providers, civic institutions and non-profits have collaborated to create a functioning pathway for non-traditional candidates to move into high-demand, career-path occupations in technology. With the leadership of anchor employers like Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, MasterCard and Monsanto, more than 150 employers in the region have become partners with LaunchCode, thereby committing to consider individuals with non-traditional background when hiring for IT positions. Through LaunchCode’s registered apprenticeship program, more than 275 people have gotten their start in an upwardly mobile career in a high-growth field.  The career pathway built by St. Louis’s TechHire community has created a flourishing environment for accelerated tech training, too. Blue 1647 is delivering technical skill training to individuals from underserved communities. In partnership with Washington University, LaunchCode is training a cohort of more than 200 in Harvard’s CS50x programming curriculum. And St. Louis Agency for Training and Employment, along with St. Louis Community College and LaunchCode created a twenty-week immersive bootcamp for the long-term unemployed called RebootU. Through TechHire partnerships, St. Louis is providing career opportunities to help articulate a vision of a city with a deep pool of technology talent that makes it a haven for technology startups, entrepreneurship and growth.

For more information about TechHire St. Louis, contact Jeff Mazur.

Terrence Bowen

Terrence taught himself computer programming while working a full-time job. He knew he had the skills to be a programmer, but didn’t have a college degree or a typical resume. He found LaunchCode, and in his own words, “it completely changed my life. I have my career; I can’t even put it into words.”

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Free, Open Access Training Through LaunchCode

The St. Louis nonprofit LaunchCode is making a huge splash in the tech industry. The organization is offering free computer programming training to anyone interested in learning how to become a coder.

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LaShana Lewis

St. Louis TechHire is finding a path into technology careers for people like LaShana Lewis, who despite a love for programming couldn’t break through with employers. She had the skill but hadn’t gotten a chance. But LaunchCode helped LaShana get an apprenticeship with MasterCard, which she completed successfully to become a systems engineer.

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IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the St. Louis labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations

4,014

Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 90% St. Louis
  • 100% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Troubleshooting
  3. Writing
  4. Organizational Skills
  5. Problem Solving

Software and Programming Skills

  1. SQL
  2. JAVA
  3. Oracle
  4. Microsoft Windows
  5. Microsoft Excel

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Systems Analyst
  3. Network / Systems Administrator
  4. Database Administrator
  5. Computer Support Specialist

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Information Security Analysts
  2. Software Developers, Systems Software
  3. Web Developers
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Computer and Information Research Scientists

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the St. Louis TechHire effort a success:

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Label Insight
BoxforaBottle
Infoplus Commerce
HL Group, Inc.
AGF Inc.
Rubin Brown
Toky
Gateway CDI
Health Scope Benefits
PFITR
Financial-Network-Inc
Remind Cloud
SSM Healthcare
St. Louis Medical Clinic
Osborn Barr
UBC
Centene
College Bound
Zimmerman Electric
Goedeker's
HairGoddessConcepts.com
Spry Digital
TechGuard Security, LLC
Walker Products
KE2 Therm Solutions
Store Supply Warehouse
Sitting Duck Advertising
Simplicity Software LLC
Bonfyre
Intoximeters
Health IQ
The Karlen Group
IMPACT
People's Community Action Corporation
Veritacit
Rapportbook
Preferred Resources
Second Street
Oberd
MRCT
Mira Smart Conferencing
Camits Consulting, LLC
Studio Network Solutions
Boundless
Frames By Mail
happyMedium
ielectronics / Cobalt Communications, Inc
PayPike / Everyday Time Solutions, LLC
Mid America Transplant
Thomson Reuters
Juggle
Wired Impact
Unidev
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Level 3 Communications
Perficient
Engage Software
Wilson Manufacturing
Purina
KNOW iNK
Enterprise Bank & Trust
BetaVersity
ClubReady, LLC.
SuprTek Technology
Manifest Digital
Covenant Technology Partners
The Cool Kids
Agilis
Centric Group
LADS Network Solutions, Inc.
Daugherty Business Solutions
Appistry
Webservus Inc.
Accenture
CodePainters
Yellow Brick Creative Studio
Connectria Managed Hosting
Statistical Research, Inc.
CitiBank
Thomson Printing, Creative & Graphics
Public Funds Investment Tracking & Reporting
Paradigm
Pixel Press
Tapestry
Schnuck Markets, Inc
MPC Energy
SafeVision, LLCSafeVision, LLC
ThrottleNet Inc.
Go-Brand-Go
Oakwood Systems Group
Climate Corporation
Rawlings Sporting Goods
Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) formerly BGT Digital
The AVALA Marketing Group
Meridian Enterprises
Answers
CEdge
Foresite Healthcare
WorldNet
Harris Logic
Geonumerics
Swank Motion Pictures
MediaCross
Veterans United
Saint Louis Paving, Inc.
Enteon
Equifax
Cofactor Genomics
Intertel, Inc.
Ansira
Signature Medical Group
Centriq
Aclara
Washington University in St Louis
ETS
Weekends Only
DIGR
BioSTL
Critical Thought Games
MTM, Inc.
LaunchCode
Happy Badger Studio
Nanopore Diagnostics
APN Health
GKN Aerospace
Asteris
Emdeon
PromisePay
BHR
Shelter Insurance
Early Adopter Labs
C5T Corporation
PerfectCube
Hipaa Trek
Enliven
Initiatives
Cass Information Systems
ATT
Exegy
FleishmanHillard
Covene LLC
Virtova
Zeis Group
BizLibrary
Mind's Eye Chess
KPMG
The Sound Room
Food Pedaler
Brix Systems, Inc.
Cannonball
Duke Manufacturing
Marcone Supply
Slacktravel
Graphite Lab
St. Louis County Government
Steady Rain
Condition HUB
T-Kartor USA Corporation
Missouri Lotto
TeamCentric Technologies
pieriandx
Hot Lava Media
Magellan Health
Ascension
Aerial Agriculture inc.
Geniecast
XLR8
Creative Producers Group
Sherpa
UPWARD
Zuri Goup
SensrTrx
Radiologics
UX Path Inc.
All Volleyball, Inc.
Brand Almanac
Farm Journal
RunIQ
End of Regulation Studios
LastChance
Software Design Partners
Interstate Business Systems
Optitek
Ikayzo
LineupLink INc.
Graybar
Brecht's Database Solutions, Inc
Roy Clay Sr. Tech Institute
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis Community College
Hack4Hope
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
Missouri Division of Workforce Development
MET Center