John Wark

John started programming professionally at age 19. After a long and multifarious career in technology, he founded NSS in 2012. He believed that Nashville's technology talent shortage would never be solved by trying to import experienced developers from other cities or by waiting for colleges and universities to start graduating enough students and/or appropriately trained students. He also had faith that Nashville had an ample supply of motivated adults with latent aptitude who, if offered a chance, would eagerly pursue a career in technology.
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Recent Posts

NSS Coronavirus Update - Week of March 30
Mar 31, 2020
We are into the third full week of our response to COVID-19. Here's the latest at NSS. Read More

Topics: News

An Update On Bringing NSS Online During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Mar 24, 2020
It’s been a little over a week since our first big update on how we’re responding to COVID-19 and we’re settling in to our new normal. We hope you are too! Students and instructors are feeling more comfortable with their new online tools. And they’re even finding the silver-lining in the situation. Read More

Topics: News, Community

What is NSS doing about COVID-19?
Mar 16, 2020
It has been an interesting two weeks in Nashville. It started with a tornado that took lives and damages homes and businesses. Now we face the threat of the coronavirus, more formally known as COVID-19.  Here's what NSS is doing to help flatten the curve. Read More

Topics: News, Community

NSS Awarded Best in Business Award by Nashville Business Journal
Mar 9, 2020
Nashville Software School selected by the Nashville Business Journal as this year’s winner of the Best in Business award for small nonprofits. It’s a real honor for us to be selected. It’s recognition that we cherish and appreciate, even if this week feels like a strange time to be celebrating ourselves when our community and friends are suffering. Read More

Topics: News, Community

1,000 Graduates | NSS Reaches New Milestone
Feb 18, 2020
It’s incredible to me that we just graduated our 1000th graduate from Nashville Software School. We graduated number 1000, and a whole bunch more, last Friday, February 14 (yes, that’s right, Valentine’s Day!).  We started Valentine’s Day with 995 graduates, by 1 pm we were up to 1036 graduates. Read More

Topics: News, Community, 500 In 5

We Have Added Another Web Development Jumpstart - in December
Oct 31, 2019
For everyone who wasn’t able to get into our November Jumpstart, and for anyone trying to personally “test drive” software development before jumping into a bootcamp, we have an early Christmas present - we have added another Web Development Jumpstart to our calendar. Read More

Topics: News, Web Development

Additional Part-time Web Development Bootcamp Added in 2020
Oct 22, 2019
We are pleased to announce that we are increasing the number of part-time Web Development bootcamps from two to three in 2020, allowing us to accommodate an additional 25 to 30 students. For the past four years, we have offered two evening part-time Web Development bootcamps but with the rapid growth in the tech job market in Nashville we have decided that it’s time for us to expand and accommodate more students. Also, for the first time, we will be offering Python with Django in the part-time Web Development Bootcamp. To accommodate the additional class, we are adjusting the start dates for the evening bootcamps to line up with the start of calendar quarters. Read More

Topics: News, Web Development

Full Stack Web Development Tuition Price Increase - Effective 2020
Aug 27, 2019
After much consideration, we are increasing the tuition for the Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp effective with the January 2020 class, Cohort 38. Get the details. Read More

Topics: News

Open House Date Change - NOW Thursday, 29 August
Aug 13, 2019
The Great HVAC Debacle of 2019 strikes again. As of this afternoon the HVAC system in our new building is not yet running and it's going to take some time to lower the temperature from a humid 99° to a comfortable 72°. Therefore, we've decided it's best to move our open house and the release of the Software Developer report to August 29th. Same place. Same time. We hope you'll be able to join us. Read More

Topics: News

Are Bootcamps Disrupting Traditional Higher Ed?
Jun 26, 2019
A fascinating discussion that has evolved since our founding and the launch of coding bootcamps in 2012 involves the role(s) of bootcamp-style programs in reshaping, disrupting, and/or complementing traditional higher education. There have been opinions on all sides of these issues over the last seven years. As time has passed, we now have a small bit of track record and evolution of bootcamps to assess, and as traditional colleges and universities have started to co-opt the bootcamp model in various ways, the discussions have started to get a bit more consequential.  Read More

Topics: Learning, News

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