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Students get jump on future technology at Carmel coding academy

As another wave of college graduates hit the job market, there is tremendous demand for those who can write the computer language that makes everything from your smartphone to your car operate.
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As another wave of college graduates hit the job market, there is tremendous demand for those who can write the computer language that makes everything from your smartphone to your car operate.

There's a boom in schools that look to meet that demand, and one is thriving in the home of one of Indiana's best known entrepreneurs.  

It's not your typical classroom setting. These students are learning in a multi-million dollar mansion that's not just luxurious, it's immersive.

"I would learn the most if I was immersed," said Scott Jones, founder of the Eleven Fifty Academy.

That's the approach voice mail inventor Scott Jones is taking here, as the total focus is on computer coding, the complicated language that our smartphones, computers, cars and even buildings can't operate without.

It's called Eleven Fifty Academy.

"So there's different languages that. We teach we have seven different languages that we do," says Jennifer Aikens, Director of Learning at Eleven Fifty. 

About 25 students are here for nine weeks at a time. Nineteen-year-old Kyle Ries is totally undecided about his future.

"My head was all over the place. I wasn't graduated, not knowing what I really wanted to do. And then a couple months after that I had a job, had a couple interviews that didn't really suit what I wanted to do," he said.

Ries took a two-day introductory course and decided it was right for him. His mother instantly saw the difference.

"He's dreaming. He has a direction to go now and he has seen the future. So he's just completely changed," Michelle Ries said.

There is a two-story gated entrance to the Eleven Fifty Academy. In case you're thinking "1150" is some kind of code for coding schools, well think again. It is quite simply, the address for the estate along West 116th Street.

The academy recently expanded to a new location at Launch Fishers and is branching out to high school sites around the state.

These coding boot camps have sprung up across the country to meet the huge demand for coders.

"So in 2020, there's projected to have a million job shortfall in this space," said Eleven Fifty Academy President John Qualls.

The training isn't cheap. The bill for nine weeks of classes runs $11,000, but it's followed by a 12-week apprenticeship.

The non-profit school also offers scholarships to around 70 percent of students. For those who find their future here, it's a promising start.

"My hope is that he takes this experience and finds his future and continues to dream," Michelle Ries said.

Last month, the Academy announced an agreement with Ivy Tech. Students who complete the nine-week program can receive 12 credit hours toward an Ivy Tech degree.