Code/IT Academy

free Bloomington code school

Code/IT Academy provides free upskilling training to eligible residents. This 10-week free program prepares graduates for new economy jobs with higher wages and growth potential. Working full time? No problem. You can meet with the group in person or online—whatever is best in your busy schedule.

The fall 2021 cohort is an introduction to software development. Gain experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and work with professional career coaches to help you start a new tech career! Two nights each week, you’ll learn from Ivy Tech Bloomington faculty; you’ll also meet regularly one-on-one with career coaches to ensure your success. The program will launch on October 4 with an in-person kickoff event at The Mill.


  • Sessions are every Monday & Wednesday 5:30-7:30 pm
  • You can attend classes online via Zoom or in person at The Mill
  • Time commitment outside of class is about 3 hours a week
  • Training is hands on, and there are no exams

Applications are currently closed. Subscribe below to receive notifications of the next Code/IT Academy session.


September 24

application deadline


October 4

program kickoff



hiring event


December 10

program end



graduation ceremony



job placement support


A partnership between Duke Energy, The Mill, and Ivy Tech Bloomington, Code/IT Academy includes curriculum, career coaches, technical coaches, academic resources, and job placement support after the course.

Code/IT Academy is made possible by a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where our natural resources thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. The Foundation annually funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s sevenstate service area.

Code/IT Academy is also funded in part by a Recover Forward grant from the City of Bloomington. Residents of Bloomington and Monroe County receive preference for admittance.

For Employers

Code/IT Academy produces motivated graduates who are ready to work hard and change their lives. If you’re interested in helping grow our local talent pool in coding, IT, and tech, please reach out. Our employer partners work with us in a variety of ways, including holding mock interviews to build skills or holding real interviews to find talent. Add your contact information to our list to be notified of opportunities!


Our first cohort, launched in fall of 2020, was a rousing success. We received 120 applications for 40 slots, and achieved an impressive 80% retention rate. To date, 60% of the graduates have been placed in new jobs.

Our second cohort focused on IT administration. Over 20 participants (33% female and 44% diverse) spent ten weeks earning credits toward an academic pathway at Ivy Tech and preparing to take tests for industry-recognized certifications.

To learn more about Code/IT Academy or to become a sponsor, please contact Melissa Ward, Head of Partnerships and Initiatives.

This is such a perfect example of another way that Bloomington is continuing to lead the way in the world, with the collaboration you’ve brought together, and the skill set that graduates have learned to become part of an emerging economy.

Blair Milo

Former Indiana Secretary for Career Connections and Talent