Montana Code School Welcomes New Instructor to Missoula

May 26, 2016

MISSOULA – As classes begin in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana Code School welcomes Nathan Smith, the third cohort and lead instructor in Missoula, to its team.

Montana Code School, a 12-week intensive computer programming boot camp with locations in Bozeman and the University of Montana in Missoula, started classes on May 23. It serves to address the acute and immediate need for computer programmers in Montana’s booming tech sector by training the next generation of tech talent.

“We are excited and lucky to welcome Nathan to our team,” said Kelly Nash, executive director for Montana Code School. “He has a vast amount of industry experience in web development that will greatly benefit our students.”

Currently employed by General UI in Seattle, Smith is living his passion for computer programming. His fascination with computer science and coding started at a young age.

“I think I started programming computers because I was naturally curious about everything,” Smith said. “I started programming on an Apple IIGS back in middle school. I think I’ve kept with it because it’s one of the best career paths for people who like making things but who also love the power of ideas.”

Smith graduated from Grinnell College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has worked as a professional software engineer in Seattle the past 10 years, focusing on bioscience, finance and web development, and has worked remotely in places all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Bali. In addition to web development, he maintains an active interest in machine learning, functional programming, DJing with vinyl records and restoring old sound systems. He also has worked as a professional Argentine Tango dancer. 

Smith said he is excited to start his Montana Code School experience not only as an instructor, but as a mentor to students.

“It’s great to see how Montana Code School is teaching not just the skills and tools of our trade, but also how to work in collaborative teams to build software, which is extremely important,” said Jason Thane, co-founder and CEO of General UI.

Smith will join Nicholas Marucci, lead instructor in Bozeman, as one of the newest members of Montana Code School.

 “I speak on behalf of the entire Montana Code School team when I say we are extremely fortunate and thrilled to welcome Nicholas and Nathan to our team,” Nash said. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them. Both are proven teachers with industry experience who will deliver excellent value to our students. As Montana Code School continues to serve Montana’s business community, we welcome them both and look forward to what they have to bring to the table.”

Montana Code School currently is accepting applications for fall sessions in Bozeman and Missoula. For more information on the program, visit http://www.montanacodeschool.com.

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Contact: Kelly Nash, executive director, Montana Code School, 406-948-2633, media@montanacodeschool.com.