Ability Is Nothing Without Opportunity
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!
A Letter From Our Founder
For eleven 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 2022 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.
Founder and CEO
Ways To Support NSS
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.