April 9, 2014 - As student applications have nearly tripled, Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy is looking ahead and considering whether to add software development as an instructional area.
The industry-focused high school near Lexington opened in August 2012 as part of a larger plan to train Triad youth for careers such as health sciences, logistics and advanced manufacturing. But James Fitzgerald, CEO of the academy, says the school is now mulling whether to add a career focus on software development.
Such a program could help supply qualified workers for local software development companies such as Winston-Salem-based Small Footprint Inc., whose chief technology officer, Patrick Turner, is a member of the school's board of advisers. Small Footprint and other software companies have visited the academy to help foster the potential career focus with a program called The Hour of Code, an interactive hour that gives students an opportunity to code.