>> on this money monday, we're talking about a return in your investment.
The investment in your education, it's not commensurate with a starting salary, but for those interested in a technology career, there's a unique opportunity here in the low country that will get you the education you need to hit the ground running once you're in the workforce.
We're honored to be joined patrick o'brien, software developer, and he's here to tell us about the jrs coding school.
Thank you for being here, and i've been hearing all about this jrs coding school, but first i want to introduce our audience to what you do here, the charleston silicone harbor, so you work in the technology industry.
>> absolutely, so code and trust is a firm dedicated to developing apps and software for entrepreneurs, so anyone in that startup space where they're creating an app or software for their employees or customers.
>> you started in the news business, and that's where you and i relate.
Justing from a newsroom and what did you do before?
>> i was 20 years in broadcast television, and we founded a company called go to team and it has offices around the united states and shoots video for every male senate work all the time every day.
We do about 3700 shoot days every year around the united states, so it would be impossible not to have seen our footage, you didn't know if because you were watching espn or some other broadcast network.
>> how old were you when you founded that company in.
>> a very young 25-year-old and what made you kim up with that idea?
>> we were in the broadcast space already, i worked at a local television, and i went to the university of south carolina and so i had a base in of knowledge in journalism.
But the base was the 1986 olympics, and doing coverage around the bombing and doing other assignments.
>> so you've been an entrepreneur by nature.
>> absolutely, i started my first company when i was 16, and another one in college, and then when i was 25.
>> how did you make the foray from business to technology?
>>> i had always been in software.
A lot of our growth came from the fact that we understood technology and used it software wise to improve our own systems, and we're constantly adopting it in all of our processes.
So i was always in technology, but software is really a first love of mine.
And i got back into it after leaving go to in 2013.
>> so besides code and trust, what other companies have you helped found or what other work do you do in the low country.
>> i've been involved in a number of good companies, foria, and city bot.
And i could keep going.
Through the harbor entrepreneur center, the non-profit that we founded to help other entrepreneurs start companies, we have now had 87 companies go through that accelerator where they get mentorship and free space, and all kinds of accounting and marketing and law that they need to accelerate those business, so we help a lot of those startups, and after that program, many of us mentors end up getting involved either as an investor or partner.
>> people need mentors, to get a leg up and get them started.
And we talked about university tuition and how it doesn't quite match the salary that you get when you get out of college, and i can speak from personal experiences going to a private university that was expensive and you take a lot of student loans out.
The first job i had out of college, it was in media, but it was in radio, and it didn't pay very much.
So i was putting off paying my student loans for years because i just couldn't afford it in addition to just living expenses, so when you're talking technology, there's a huge market out there for people to learn how to code, how to do certain things to then get placed out of college, but you're doing something unique through the entrepreneur center.
>> i think you're absolutely correct.
College is a perfect opportunity for some people.
And there are plenty of career paths that college is mandatory and important.
And there are other career paths that i think you can really short-circuit the process, and jrs school through the entrepreneur center is one of those ways, and i see people being able to completely change their life.
In my perspective, we have had people come into the code school as a second career, as high school students, and college students, and once they learn that base of knowledge to be able to program software, they're at a super high valuable marketplace position, because we're at negative unemployment for tech jobs in charleston at this moment.
>> i want to hear more about jrs coding school, >> we're back with patrick brian, local onto pen you're, and we're talking about the jrs scheduling school, and this is something where you say that the meme age is mid 20s so, who is the typical student to come in and start taking your classes.
>> a lot of military, firefighters, and people, administrative assistants, and people looking for the next growth in their career, and also, we have had one high school student and a couple of college students, so it's not at all odd for young people to take the course, but the meme age is 26.
>> for students enrolled in college do they have to have that computer background?
Or is this something that they can start at the ground level.
If you are at all capable of using a computer and understanding basic coding, you're ready for the course.
It's not -- its designed to start where you probably r.
Which is at the very beginning.
>> you say that there's a negative employment dearth of jobs for people who are interested in software development, so you yourself run a software company, code and trust, and there you develop apps and different software for companies?
>> absolutely, and two of our -- three of our team members came from jrs code school, and we certainly use it as a resource for other employers, but in the last class, we graduated, six got more than a $150,000 a year job within a week of the expo being wrapped up.
And it's very common that 80, 90% of the people are hired within that same week of expo.
A lot of employers look at it, and they follow it.
They learn who the students are, come to the happy hours that the students are at.
And by the time they're graduating, there are already offers right there for them.
>> that's incredible.
Is it difficult to find talent.
The number one problem for tech companies in charleston is talent.
We focus on it intently, and we have a program to recruit clept.
And other colleges.
Southern trident tech, the citadel, they have a number of cs students that they're putting out in the last less than 10 years, and it still isn't meeting the need.
So that's how much we're growing as a community in that area.
>> it is because of silicon valleys, and out west, the bay area, that that's a natural place that people land for a tech job.
>> i would say not.
Of course that's a natural place that you might go, but other communities across the united states are exploding with tech talent.
And most of our charleston tech growth, it's just out stripping the population.
The last number that i saw, we were in the top 20 markets of tech growth officers jobs are concerned, and we're market 80.
So we're way outgrowing our population when it comes to tech in general.
>> i've heard that from other people as well.
And there are opportunities for people to take free coding classes, is that right.
>> yes, absolutely.
The first is the day school, which happens over a 12--week period.
And the current session is going right now.
There'ser normally 8-12 students in that class, so small and easy, and then the cost for that is about $10,000.
Which i don't know that i'm allowed to make a guarantee.
But i feel highly confident if you come out of that program, you'll be at $50,000 or more.
>> pay attention taking notes, right?
>> if you're paying attention, i guarantee it.
But in addition to that, there's a night version that's starting in the next 50 days, and that night version goes for 10 months, and it's focused for more people who might be in a current day job.
Current price point, and start north next 30 days, and then we do a current school code day to give them a test of what coding feels like, and we do that once a month.
With the next one november 7th between 6:00 and