Starting next month, four professional programmers from Charleston software firms will teach their trade to anyone who’s willing and able to learn, city officials announced Thursday morning at the Flagship2 business incubator.

The “augmentative” education initiative, branded CODEcamp, is meant to bridge the gap between the companies with high-paying job openings and the local people who need the practical training to fill them.

The courses, which cover the basics of four popular open-source programming languages, are each 12 weeks long, meet weekday evenings at the Flagship2’s new computer lab, and cost $500 per course per student.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. cast the public-private partnership as a way to help Charleston Digital Corridor member companies mature here with homegrown talent.

“They want to grow, and we must accept the responsibility of being creative and resourceful in assisting and encouraging that,” Riley said.

Applications must be submitted to www.charlestoncodes.com by May 3. Classes begin May 14.

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