Jackson Class 2017-2018
Our first class launched in Jackson, Mississippi, on October 23, 2017, with 18 coders. In December of 2017, the coders moved into their newly renovated facility on North State Street in the “Innovation Hub,” next door to Innovate Mississippi.
^^ Pictured: Coders with Instructors Herbert Brown & Briar Bowser
Meet the Instructors
Herbert Brown –
Herbert Brown is the classroom instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site. He previously served as a teacher for the Algebra Project at Lanier High School in Jackson, Ms from 2006-2010. He later worked as a financial aid counselor at Tougaloo College. Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Algebra Project as treasurer. Brown has received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Jackson State University and a Bachelor’s in Finance from Mississippi College.
Briar Bowser –
Brian Bowser is the coding instructor for the Mississippi Coding Academies’ Jackson site. He’s an experienced programmer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, skilled in C#, SASS, SQL, Ruby, and the Ionic Framework. He’s previously served as vice president for Satchel, a podcast app development company.
Meet the Coders
Hinds Community College
Rishard Bell is a graduate of Terry High School who went on to attend and graduate from Hinds Community College with a certificate in Collision Repair. He then went on to pursue a degree in Computer Programming before leaving to attend the Mississippi Coding Academy.
“My future goals are to work for a successful company and further my coding knowledge to later become a business owner of my own.”
Forest Hill High School
Aquita Bryant is a graduate of Forest Hill High School who completed two years at Mississippi University for Women, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.
“The coding academy was a unique opportunity that I came across and was really intrigued by. From where I started, not having any prior knowledge about coding, to where I am now, I can honestly say the Mississippi Coding Academy has broadened my horizon significantly.”
Callaway High School
Samuel Anthony Cole III is a graduate of Callaway High School who finished a semester at Hinds Community College in Rankin County. The classes he took were dealing with graphic design, 3D Modeling, Animation, and Marketing.
” I have an interest in video game development. After I finish the MS Coding Academy I want to find a job for a video game company and work there.”
Jackson State University
Clarence Conner graduated from Jackson State University with a degree in Chemistry.
“I love to learn, and when I got the opportunity to be part of the Mississippi Coding Academy, I was ecstatic (mainly because I already started to teach myself a little bit of coding). I was planning on getting my second degree in computer science, so this was a perfect opportunity to obtain practical experience in coding before I take my next educational step.”
Michael DeGrado was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade, who dual-enrolled at Hinds Community College starting in the 12th grade and attended for two more years.
“I was already pursuing Computer Science as my major and decided to join Mississippi Coding Academy knowing that there would be many fantastic opportunities along the way.”
Madison Central High School
Joey Ford is a graduate of Madison Central High School who completed two semesters of college at William Carey University.
“After completing the Mississippi Coding Academy, I hope to get a great job that will continue to improve my skills and then eventually start my own business.”
Germantown High School
Amber Jackson is a graduate of Germantown High School.
“Coding has a tremendous affect in the development of technology today. Being a part of a great impact as such, has open my eyes to a whole new world and many opportunities. I would like to further any experience gained throughout this course and hope to pursue a job in computer coding soon.”
Jim Hill High School
Charlena Jackson is a graduate of Jim Hill High School who attended Hinds Community College for a short amount of time then was accepted into the Coding Academy.
“I didn’t see myself in this field, but now I can honestly see myself in a career in computer programming. After I complete the academy, I want to pursue a career in app design and creation. At the conclusion of this program I see myself as computer programmer seeking even more education and advancement in this field.”
University of Southern Mississippi
D’Ebonie Johnson is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
“My goal after the academy is to pursue a career in coding. I eventually want to own my own small business consulting company. I want to use the skills that I learn here in the academy to better my business.”
Terry High School
Bryce Terence Maxwell is a graduate of Terry High School, where he participated in 4 years of football, track and field as well as honor choir. After high school he enlisted in the Army National Guard as a Military Policeman and went to train in Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri.
“After I’ve completed the academy I hope to be able to branch out very far. I would love to be able to do something with music, video games or photography if possible. Overall, I just want to be able to be a part of a great team and have a prosperous, fun career.”
Murrah High School
Adrian McNeese is a graduate of Murrah High School with academic honors, who attended Jackson State University and studied computer science and computer technology for two years.
“Since joining the coding academy, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and understanding of the thought process that a coder has to have, with more to come. After this class, I plan to pursue a career in coding, and work my way to the ranks of the most prestigious coders.”
Clinton Christian Academy
Shamar Osborne attended high school at Clinton Christian Academy, and graduated at the top of his class. He also spent a year at Mississippi College and Jackson State University.
“I joined the Mississippi Coding Academy to hone my skills and develop a good foundation in the field. With the completion of this course, I hope to use the all of the great knowledge and information that I have accumulated during the course and incorporate it in my everyday endeavors.”
Holmes County Central High School
Shoncurra Redmond is from Pickens, MS., and a graduate of Holmes County Central High School. She says she feels very “thankful” to be a part of the Mississippi Coding Academies.
“At the conclusion of the program I hope to be a successful coder ready for whatever job I may be offered. My goal is to apply the training and skills I was taught during the academy to the job that I receive.”
Murrah High School
Zuryk Rushing is a graduate from Murrah High School in 2016 who completed a year of college at Jackson State University.
“After completing the Mississippi Coding Academy, I hope to get a great job that will continue to improve my skills and then eventually start my own coding company.”
Murrah High School
Amber Taylor is a graduate of Murrah High School. She has experience in journalism, clerical work, and theater arts.
“My long-term goal is to successfully master coding and help and others contribute to Mississippi’s rise in the technology scene. After the program ends, I hope to work in the tech industry, dedicating my weekends to teaching code.”