TheCoderSchool Opens 2nd North Texas Location

The Silicon Valley-based company plans to open eight more DFW locations in the next two years.

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A Silicon Valley-based after-school coding program has opened its second location in North Texas, and has plans to open eight more in the next couple years.

The Dallas Business Journal said that theCoderSchool has opened a location in Flower Mound, joining one it opened earlier in Frisco.

TheCoderSchool aims its program at 7- to 18-year-olds and offers monthly memberships to parents.

“All of our jobs are going to have something to do with technology (eventually),” founder Hansel Lynn told the Business Journal. “To have a base in coding is really important to understand technology, how it works. Not necessarily to be a coder, but to be able to use it and understand how it works.”

“To have a base in coding is really important to understand technology, how it works.”
Hansel Lynn

The company is partnering with the developer of School of Rock, which provides music lessons to children. Lynn said theCoderSchool will try to place its locations near School of Rock locations.

The Flower Mound franchise of theCoderSchool is owned by Dean Tarpley, who located it next to his School of Rock franchise on Long Prairie Road in the Denton County city.

“They’re projecting a 1.5-million shortage of programmers by the year 2020,” Tarpley told The Cross Timbers Gazette. 

Tarpley opened the first theCoderSchool North Texas location in Frisco in February, and owns 27 School of Rock franchises nationwide, the Gazette said.

CODING EDUCATION CAN LEAD TO HIGH-PAYING JOBS

“Unlike music and art, where there’s not necessarily a demand for more musicians and artists, there’s literally a demand for more programmers.” he told the Gazette. “Your son or daughter might not be interested in being an artist or musician, but everyone can code like a rock star.

“A child could come and learn how to program, graduate high school and, if they’re a good programmer, they could get a six-figure job without going to college.”

Lynn told the Business Journal that the Dallas area piqued the company’s interest because, “it’s a big, sprawling, fast-growing market,” with plenty of parents who have disposable income.

“A child could come and learn how to program, graduate high school and, if they’re a good programmer, they could get a six-figure job without going to college.”
Dean Tarpley

TheCoderSchool — which has 14 locations nationally, eight of which are in California — and offers different membership options, including a “code coaching” option for $219 a month with instructor-to-student ratios of 2:1. The “code class” option is $119 a month. Also, theCoderSchool provides weeklong summer camps at $499. 

TheCoderSchool is not the only business of its type in North Texas.

The Dallas Coding Academy, for example, opened last year. It’s planning an open house from 6:30-8 p.m., June 27 at NōD Coworking, 17290 Preston Road in Dallas.

The Techie Factory on Lovers Lane in Dallas, founded by Baron Concors who has worked for Fortune 500 companies including FedEx and Plano-based Pizza Hut. The school will be offering after-school labs in the fall, and is enrolling now for summer camps.

Techie Factory also offers programs in coding, robotic, drones, and Minecraft modding, among other things, for kids ages 6-12.


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