Free Immersive CodeCamp for Young Adults

Thanks to a grant from the Job Corps Scholars Program, LaunchCode and STLCC have partnered to bring a free, accessible Immersive CodeCamp to young adults (age 16-24) in the St. Louis community hoping to enter the workforce and launch into a high-demand career in technology. The program will consist of a free, full-time, 17-week web development and career readiness training to equip learners with the skills needed by today’s employers. 

A LaunchCode apprenticeship is a full-time (40 hrs/week), paid position during which you work on a team of experienced developers, and are paired with a mentor that invests in your growth, to learn on the job, and prove yourself. More than four out of five LaunchCode apprenticeships result in a full-time job offer, and LaunchCoders more than double their previous salary on average after securing a full-time job.


Full-Time Web Dev: CodeCamp

Apply by JULY 24, 2022
Classes start AUGUST 22, 2022

Class meets each weekday M-F,
9:00am-5:00pm CST



More About Our Full-Time Immersive CodeCamp

Eligibility Requirements

Due to grant requirements, this cohort of our Immersive CodeCamp is specifically focused on launching tech careers for young adults, age 16-24. 

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen, Admitted Permanent Resident Alien, or Resident of a U.S. Territory. 
  • You must be a St. Louis City or County resident. 
  • You must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency.
  • You must pass a background check. 

The program will also focus on individuals from low-income households and income verification will be required to verify eligibility. This includes:

  • Individuals who receive public assistance.
  • Individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Individuals whose earned income in relation to family size is not in excess of the poverty level.
  • Foster children.
  • Individuals with a disability whose personal income meets the low-income requirements.

Application Process

  1. Fill out your application form on this page by 7/24. The earlier, the better!
  2. After submitting the application form, you will receive a problem solving assessment which is required for your application to be considered. Please also complete the assessment by 7/24. 
  3. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with an STLCC program staff member. 
  4. The STLCC program staff will work with eligible applicants to do a background check. 
  5. Applicants who pass the background check will submit income verification documents to the STLCC program staff. 
  6. You will receive your admissions decision by the end of 7/29. Please do not inquire about your application status unless you have not heard back after 7/29.
  7. Class will start on 8/22 and end on 12/20. You will be attending the class Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.



Am I a good fit for the class?

This class requires no prior programming experience, but you will need to be comfortable with computer use (using the internet, downloading software, etc). Immersive CodeCamp is intended to teach skills needed to be employable as a programmer, and is for individuals who are interested in a career in tech. Applicants must be 18 or older.

We have also found that students who succeed in the class have a solid foundation in basic math and problem solving. That is why we have developed a short Problem Solving Assessment as a part of the application process.

How much time will I need to spend on the class?

Throughout the course, students should expect to spend 40 hours a week in class. While the course is designed to be completable without work outside of class, some students may find that additional work outside of the 40-hour class week may be necessary for their success.

What are the requirements to participate in this class?

Students must attend class regularly and promptly. Daily attendance is required, though occasional absences are allowed in extenuating circumstances.

If you own a PC, you must have Windows 8 OS or more recent, though Windows 10 is strongly preferred. If you own a Mac, the most recent Mac OS is strongly preferred. Laptops used for virtual courses also need to meet Zoom’s system requirements. You may CHECK ZOOM’S SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS HERE. Pay particular attention to the System Requirements and Supported Operating Systems sections. Chromebooks and tablets will not be sufficient for use in this course. If enrolled, please apply all system upgrades before coming to class.

All students must agree with and follow a code of conduct, committing to helping to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all LaunchCode students and staff.

How are applicants selected for the course?

When assessing applicants for our learning programs, a number of factors are considered, including passion, drive, application questions, essay questions, aptitude for problem solving, interest in landing a job in tech, applicant need, and spaces available in the class. As part of the process we also conduct one-on-one interviews with eligible applicants.

When enrolling students, we also strive to assemble a class that reflects the broader community and represents a diverse array of backgrounds.

Can I be admitted to the class if I don't do well on the problem solving assessment?

Yes, though it is less likely. The Problem Solving Assessment is important because it shows us how applicants approach problems that require logical thinking, which directly relates to a student’s ability to master the material presented in the class.

Can I retake the problem solving assessment?

Unfortunately, we are unable to allow applicants to retake the Assessment unless they can demonstrate that they experienced technical difficulties that prohibited them from completing it.

I will have to miss several classes throughout the course. Is that ok?

Regular class attendance is required. However, occasional absences are allowed as long as you keep up with the lessons and homework set out in the schedule. Remember, you will need to make up any class time you miss on your own time, and you won’t have the benefit of having your classmates and instructors available to answer your questions. As prior students have found, once you fall behind in class, the fast pace of the curriculum means it quickly becomes very difficult to catch up again.

Are there grades in this class? How do I pass / fail?

This class is graded on a pass/fail basis, with regular assignments and assessments. Enrollment for individual students is reassessed on a rolling basis, and students who have fallen several assignments behind in the course without making significant progress to catch up with the rest of the class may be dropped from the class. Expectations will be clearly explained to students on the first day of class.