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Engage Announces Participation in LaunchCode St. Louis

Engage, experts in the design and development of web and mobile solutions for enterprises, announces its membership in LaunchCode St. Louis, a radical new effort that pairs companies needing programmers with aspiring coders bridging the IT talent gap in St. Louis. Since its establishment in September 2013, LaunchCode has paired more than 60 new coders with local companies, including Matt Kelly with Engage.

A company deeply rooted in the St. Louis area, Engage joined LaunchCode to not only expand its staff, but also to support a movement aimed at training aspiring programmers so that they can seamlessly transition into the IT workforce. Using a “pair programming” model, LaunchCode partners with companies like Engage who agree to pair a new coder with an experienced developer. This pair works together until the new coder is trained and able to take on a full-time job.

Jim McKelvey, co-founder, LaunchCode, said, “When Matt joined Engage it was a win for the whole ecosystem. A great local firm got some needed talent, Matt got his first technical job, and the St. Louis area grew just a bit. We especially appreciate firms like Engage who took the chance to develop new talent as opposed to just hiring engineers away from other local firms. The LaunchCode model is unique in the nation and St. Louis is on its way to becoming a new talent hub.”

Rich Campbell, president and CEO, Engage, said, “LaunchCode’s pair programming is great for both the tech community in St. Louis and the city as a whole. Our membership allows us to reinvest in our city’s greatest resource, the people, and find, train and hire programmers like Matt Kelly. Working with LaunchCode to acquire additional high-caliber coders will be essential as our company continues to grow.”

To learn more about LaunchCode St. Louis, visit: http://launchcodestl.com/.

About Engage

Engage is a full-service design and development firm whose experts create custom, high-quality web and mobile solutions for enterprises. Founded in 1999, Engage leverages the flexibility and scalability of the DNN-powered Evoq™ Content and Social management solutions to help businesses turn their ideas into elegantly crafted, professional websites. The DNN Platform is a well-established content management system (CMS) native to Microsoft .NET. Whether working directly with medium and large organizations, including franchises, nonprofits and associations, or collaborating with an agency, Engage positions its clients for success. Headquartered in St. Louis, Engage is both a DNN Certified Partner and a Microsoft Partner. To learn more, visit www.engagesoftware.com.
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