WHAT:     Kids Coding Academy Graduation

WHEN:    6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018

WHERE:  Stanley Russ Hall, Room 112

DETAILS: High school and college students aren’t the only ones graduating in May. Thirty-five fifth- through eighth-grade students from Faulkner, Perry and Pulaski counties will graduate from the Kids Coding Class at Arkansas Coding Academy at the University of Central Arkansas on May 24.

The Kids Coding classes were created in response to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s computer-science and coding education initiative. The goal of the program is to immerse youth in computer programming at younger ages and serve as a pipeline for future information technology talent in the state.

The students completed eight hours of class time throughout May and learned how to build Android applications.

The final Kids Coding classes will starts at 6 p.m. in Stanley Russ Hall Room 112 and College of Business Room 308. The graduation ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m. in Stanley Russ Hall Room 112. Members of the media are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Condit, director of Arkansas Coding Academy, at (501) 450-5276 or

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About Arkansas Coding Academy

Established in 2016, the Arkansas Coding Academy at the University of Central Arkansas strives to provide talented individuals with the skills and mentorship they need to succeed in IT and IT-related industries in Arkansas. By creating this talent pipeline from the classroom to the workforce, the Academy hopes to see growth in middle- and high-skilled employability, and an increase in the overall welfare of our students and their families.