February 27, 2018 TVG Admin

Ready for Takeoff: LaunchCode and TVG Partnership

Ready for Takeoff: LaunchCode and TVG Partnership

By TVG Staff

It’s predicted that one million programming jobs will be left unfilled by 2020.

Every year, The Vandiver Group partners with a local business or organization and offers pro bono public relations services. From social media management, market research, media training and storytelling classes, to internal communications and reputation management, TVG is dedicated to supporting non-profits in the St. Louis area.

So this year, we are working with local nonprofit LaunchCode, an organization that trains people to land jobs in the tech industry—for free.

What is LaunchCode?

The future is here, but companies continue to struggle to maintain a sustainable tech talent pipeline to fill their needs. LaunchCode is in the business of launching driven, talented individuals into careers in the tech industry. They provide free education, paid apprenticeships and job recruitment. Additionally, they offer courses on C#/.NET, SQL Server, iOS, Java, web development and more.

LaunchCode was founded in 2013 and has since expanded rapidly, nearly 5,000 students across the United States. The homegrown St. Louis organization also attracts a diverse group of learners. Nearly half of the 2017 students were female, and 45 percent were people of color. Since its inception, the nonprofit has launched over 1,000 careers!

Our Partnership

With LaunchCode’s swift growth across the industry, communication and message clarity are essential. It can be a challenge to deliver key messages, and make sure that all company spokespeople are on the same page. The Vandiver Group offers media training classes to help our clients learn how to craft their brand’s story for the media. Our PR Pros visited LaunchCode’s office and ran through how to effectively interact with the media, drive key messages, and inform audiences about the organization’s achievements.

What’s Next?

But, TVG offers more than just media training. Our staff can provide top-notch insight into storytelling, leadership, crisis communications and more.

You can follow LaunchCode on their blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. If you’d like to donate to their cause, you can click here.

To learn more about TVG’s training seminars, click here.


To learn more about The Vandiver Group, call (314) 991-4641 or email us at tvg@vandivergroup.com.

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