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Nashville Software School opens doors to tech careers for motivated adults with aptitude, irrespective of their economic situation.

Nashville’s tech economy and the demand for talent to grow our tech workforce is at an all time high. We need your help to ensure that Nashvillians and middle Tennesseans are not left behind!

2400 plus grads with banner-1Graduates Since 2012
70.6 financial support with banner-1of students received financial support in 2022
82+ placement rateof graduates placed in field since 2012

A Letter From Our Founder

For twelve years, Nashville Software School (NSS), a 501c3 nonprofit, has been home-growing job-ready junior professionals to meet local demand for tech talent—most of our students reside in, and get their first jobs in, Nashville. We recruit motivated, high potential adults, 18 years and older, and give them access to immersive, intensive training in the skills required to launch a career in one of four tech career pathways.

The majority of our students are underemployed, unemployed, and/or financially disadvantaged prior to enrolling at NSS. We also are intentional about identifying and enrolling adults who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in tech careers – including women, Black and Hispanic people, and veterans – more than 50% of the students enrolled in our program are from these demographics. We quite literally increase the diversity in Nashville’s technology workforce with every graduation.

We provide financial support to over half of our students, almost entirely self-funded from our operating cash flow. For the approximately 45% of our students that receive a full Opportunity Tuition seat, we require only 12.5% of NSS tuition before class starts and cover the remainder with scholarships and deferred repayment until a student graduates and is successfully placed in their first tech job. With a placement rate that averages around 90%, this program has been a game changer for people who are looking to enter tech careers.

For more on our impact, view our 2023 Community Impact Report.

We Need Your Help To Grow Our Impact

Your financial and volunteer support is needed to grow our impact. With continued inflation and the return of student loan payments, we are seeing a greater need by students for financial support to attend NSS. Your gift will help us lower the financial barrier so that more adults can learn the skills they need to start a career in tech.

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John Wark
Founder and CEO


Ways To Support NSS


Give now to NSS and learn how your financial gift can impact current programs, students, and recent graduates looking for their first job in tech.


You never know who in your network is looking to give. Share your NSS experience and invite your colleagues, friends, and family to give. Share our Community Impact Report.


Build a scholarship program or donate to our general fund. There are lots of ways companies can support our mission.


Advocate for NSS in your professional network. Tell your organization and fellow employees about NSS. There are many ways your organization can connect with us: hire our graduates, upskill employees, volunteer, make a donation.


We're always looking for community and alumni volunteers to mentor students, take part in roundtables and mock interviews, and alumni volunteers for Common Table and info sessions. Learn more and tell us what you're interested in here.


Discover why 500+ employers have hired a graduate of NSS and share your open software developer, data analyst, and data scientist positions with us.