ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Named recently as the fastest-growing city in the country for tech jobs, St. Louis is in danger of not having enough programmers to fill all those new positions so the co-founder of Square is stepping up to fill the void.

Jim McKelvey is teaming up with other local innovators and large corporations to pair inexperienced programmers with more experienced ones for a three-month period.

The concept is called pair programming and is similar to a mentorship. It takes new computer programmers and coders who have the knowledge but not the experience and pairs them with a veteran programmer using two keyboards but just one screen.

After a few months, the now-experienced programmer will be ready to go out and grab one of these new tech jobs opening up here.

Among the companies offering up their programmers to teach are Monsanto, Savvis, Enterprise, and Express Scripts. Contegix, a large technology company, and tech start-ups like LockerDome and ShipWorks are also volunteering their staff.

The program, called Launch Code, will officially be announced next week.


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