February 13, 2020
(Courtesy: Jacksonville Business Journal)
About two years after starting, Jax Code Academy has outgrown its space at the University of North Florida: On March 1, it will move into a space on Main Street in Springfield.
Jax Code is a full-stack boot camp for web developers, with the program lasting lasts twelve weeks. Dr. Stephen Fitzmeyer, Jax Code’s founder and CEO, said he was looking for a hip and up-and-coming neighborhood to move into.
“I was surprised when we went and saw how far along it was,” he told the Business Journal. He found the cluster of microbreweries and restaurants to be an attractive quality that other parts of Jacksonville seemed to be lacking.
“I like that environment, I saw that up in Atlanta and I wanted to duplicate it,” said Fitzmeyer. “I didn’t know that it existed.”
Tuition for the program is $3,500 and has no prerequisites. Students also have the option to stick around for an internship after the program to build a website for local businesses.
“Merchants can get websites that may not otherwise be able to afford and students get real practice,” Fitzmeyer said.
The move to 1501 N. Main St. might not be the last for Jax Code: It is also hoping to open a space at Jacksonville Beach, and more in the future, depending on demand.
For now, Fitzmeyer is happy with the demand he sees.
Jacksonville has a healthy ecosystem of technology and software opportunities with high demand for talent, he said: Robert Half Technology told Fitzmeyer the company would be able to place all of its students, and Apex Systems is looking to hire graduates as well.