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

Wait, What - It’s June? When did that Happen?
Jun 30, 2020
In celebration of Nashville Software School’s 8th birthday, Founder and CEO John Wark reflects on key milestones in the past year, like graduating our 1000th student, and looks forward to what the next year might have in store. Read More

Topics: News, Community, 10 Years | 2000 Journeys

Let's Be Careful Out There
Jun 22, 2020
It’s great to see Nashville moving to Phase 3 of their reopening plan. Many are eager to leave their homes and support their favorite businesses and restaurants again. And all of our local businesses definitely need our support. While Phase 3 is a long way from normal – for many, the ability to get out is a welcomed relief! Let’s also remember that it is not yet safe for everyone in our community to leave their homes and that the health risks brought by the coronavirus are very much still with us. Read More
Coronavirus Update - Staying Online Through The Summer
Jun 3, 2020
We have decided to delay any return to “normal,” full in-person classroom activities until at least Labor Day (Monday, 7 September). Learn more about this decision. Read More
A Word To Our Community, In Support Of Our Community
Jun 2, 2020
A message from John Wark, Founder and CEO, about recent events. Read More

Topics: News

How Is Everyone Feeling About Returning To In-person Classes?
May 20, 2020
Given all this uncertainty, how does NSS decide when and how to reopen? How do we judge when it’s safe to ask 30 people to sit shoulder to shoulder in a classroom for six or seven hours a day? To help us measure attitudes and sentiment, we took the first of several surveys of continuing students and of all staff last week. Read More
Remote Learning For Remote Working
Apr 28, 2020
With many freelancers working 100% remote and even more traditional organizations allowing developers to work remotely at least part of the work week, we want to prepare our students for opportunities of all kinds, including remote work. Read More

Topics: Learning

What's The Plan For Reopening Nashville Software School
Apr 23, 2020
Now that Nashville Metro government has shared their plan for how the local economy reopens, we know that our students and community want more insight into the plan for reopening NSS. Here’s what we know as of today. Read More
Has the Job Market Caught the Coronavirus?
Apr 16, 2020
Day-to-day life has stabilized a bit for our students and staff. It doesn’t mean we’re liking it, but we are adjusting to it. Now it’s time to lift our gaze, look to the future and try to anticipate and plan for what will, and may be, happening in the next weeks and months. Read More

Topics: News

NSS Coronavirus Update - Week of April 6
Apr 7, 2020
It’s our fourth full week of fully online/remote operation here at NSS. And it’s yet another week where we’ll have several chances to say, “Well, we’ve never done things this way before!” This week we tackled onboarding two new classes remotely and several career development events. Read More
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

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